2020 Green Section Course Consulting Intern

The USGA provides paid internship opportunities for students to experience agronomic and resource management programs actively managed through the USGA agronomic department.


Position Summary:

Selected students will travel with USGA agronomists for one week between May and August.  Students gain a broad view of the golf course industry and learn about golf course maintenance through the perspective of the USGA staff. Historically, selected interns have been able to make arrangements to participate in the one-week USGA Green Section internship while working at another golf facility for summer employment.


What You Can Expect:

The intern will travel with one of the USGA regional directors or agronomists to a variety of golf facilities participating in the Course Consulting Service. Golf courses will vary from public to private and a broad variety of budget levels. In addition to the USGA staff, interactions will include golf course superintendents, course officials, Green Committees.

The travel week date is flexible and mutually agreed upon. The student travels to the prearranged meeting site on Sunday and returns on Friday of the travel week. A $350 stipend, and all transportation, hotel, and meal expenses are paid by the USGA.

As part of the experience, the student submits a report summarizing the week’s observations and experiences. The report is due three weeks following the conclusion of the travel.  


What You Bring to the USGA:

  • A sophomore, junior, or senior in a two-year or four-year program; or a graduate student, majoring in horticulture, agronomy, or a related field required
  • An interest in golf and turfgrass management, and preferably some experience working on a golf course or playing the game
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Students must be returning to school the semester following the internship


To Apply:

Applications will only be considered complete once all materials are received.

Email the following materials to Mary McConnell, Coordinator, Green Section Business Operations, at mmcconnell@usga.org.

  • A cover letter explaining how you became interested in turf management and why you would like to participate in the internship program
  • Resume including projected graduation date
  • A letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor


Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2020.


About the USGA:

The USGA Green Section department was established in 1920 to provide impartial and authoritative agronomic information to golf courses, and develop scientific information related to golf course turf. Major facets of the Green Section are its Course Consulting Service (CCS), which consists of on-site visits to golf courses, sponsoring turfgrass research, and developing education and outreach multimedia on agronomic and environmental issues. Seventeen experienced agronomists annually conduct more than 1,200 on-site consultation visits to golf courses across the United States to take research results and practical information about construction and maintenance directly to subscribing clubs and courses.

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.


The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer