A six-month internship with on-the-job training is required for completion of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program.

One of the most important components of the Penn State Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program is the extended internship that students complete between their first and second year on campus.

The internship program starts in the first semester with an internship preparation course, continues with six months of on-the-job training, and concludes with a final report and presentation about the experience.

Students will train and learn from some of the best superintendents in the industry at top courses across the globe. Past students within the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program have completed their on-the-job training at Augusta National Golf Club, Castle Pines Golf Club, Merion Golf Club, Oakmont Country Club, Baltusrol Golf Club and numerous other top ranked golf clubs in the World. While on-site, students gain valuable experience in the area of agronomics and management skills.

Preparation and Requirements

"Merion Golf Club works hard to recruit a student from The Certificate Program each year. The extended duration of their internship offers the club and the students the best opportunity to learn."

Matt Shaffer, Merion Golf Club

Penn State's Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program places a great deal of value in the internship program and therefore plays an active role in helping you prepare for it. Our internship experience starts in the first semester with the Internship Preparation class, continues with an on-course evaluation with each student at his/her internship course, and concludes with the student's presentation about their training and the completion of an agronomic and business assessment of the golf course.