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Internship Program

Perrotis College’s Semester/Summer Internship Program (SSIP) is for undergraduate students who want to spend a summer or semester doing research or gaining work experience on the American Farm School educational farm and other facilities.

The AFS Educational Farm

All educational and research programs at the American Farm School are supported by the educational farm, which includes the most important Holstein Friesian dairy herd in Greece, a dairy unit producing the highest quality milk in Greece as well as yogurt and cheese; a poultry unit using the latest research for Omega-3 eggs, broiler, and turkey production; greenhouses; vegetable gardens; vineyards and winery; fruit and olive trees; and extensive field crops. Internships are also availableby special arrangement in other AFS departments, such as nutrition, horticulture, waste management etc.

Types of Internship Positions

SSIP offers two kinds of internships:  undergraduate research internships and work internships.  The positions are designed to immerse participants into the practical work environment of one or more departments, to demonstrate the kinds of skills and knowledge base needed in the specific field, and to provide each intern/researcher with a stimulating, rewarding experience.

Research Internships

Each term, Perrotis College offers two undergraduate research internship positions, which are awarded on a competitive basis.  Those chosen for these unpaid positions conduct research projects, either with an instructor from their home institution, or with a Perrotis College faculty member or a senior Farm staff member.  Research can be carried out in various Farm departments (horticulture, poultry, dairy); the outdoor AgroCenter; the College educational laboratories for chemistry, biology, horticulture, plant propagation, soil science, agronomy; and in the recently completed Life Sciences Laboratory, which includes facilities for new product development in connection to our Food Science & Technology program and the European Biological Control Laboratory, which is currently being used to conduct research projects for the USDA.

Research internships are 30 hours per week of research or related activities in the department where the project is carried out, unless the intern is also taking courses for credit.  In these cases, the amount of time dedicated to research can be reduced to as little as 15 hours weekly.

Work Internships

Each term a flexible number of unpaid work internship positions are offered through SSIP, involving work 25-30 hours per week.  In these positions, students get hands-on work experience in the dairy and horticulture departments (or, under special arrangement, in other AFS departments), as they work with regular AFS employees. All position placements are made according to student qualifications and interest, as well as department needs. 

Selection Process

Working closely with faculty and study abroad offices at participating universities, Perrotis College identifies specific candidates from each school, and, based on their qualifications and interests, matches them with positions available.  The research and unpaid work internships placements are made in consultation with each partner institution.

Academic Credit

Participants can receive academic credit for research and work internships by paying the required per-credit-hour fee.

Living Arrangements

Interns live in the campus residence hall facilities with other College and study abroad students and eat in on-campus facility.  

Optional Program Features

Along with other Perrotis study abroad programs, interns are eligible to take additional courses (one or two during the summer; up to five during the Fall or Spring semester), choosing from the following:

  • The Greek Palate (Greek Cuisine)
  • The Greek Culture Experience
  • Service Learning
  • Introduction to Alternative and Sustainable Tourism Trends
  • Introduction to Water Environment Sports
  • Cultural & Religious Tourism
  • Incident & Crisis Management
  • Advanced Water Environment Sports
  • Principles of Precision Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability
  • Post-Harvest and Olive Processing
  • Introduction to Livestock Science
  • Current Issues
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Food Taste and Society
  • Dairy Technology
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Nutrition and the Consumer
  • Legal & Ethical Aspects of Travel and Tourism
  • Creating Visitor Experiences
  • Wilderness Travel: Hiking
  • Culinary Tourism
  • Introduction to Mountain Environment Sports
  • Accessible Tourism
  • Advanced Mountain Environment Sports
  • Olive Production Systems
  • Nutrition & Contemporary Feeding Systems for Ruminants
  • Management of Livestock & Production

Along with other visiting students, SSIP participants may participate in optional study abroad activities, including a wide range of organized excursions. Prices for optional activities and courses are listed below.  For further information, visit the Perrotis College web site at

Program Dates

  • Fall 2017
    September 25 – December 22
  • Spring 2018
    January 29 – May 18
  • Summer 2018
    May 21 - June 29

Program Costs1


Semester Program

Summer Program

Program Fees

Room and Board



Administration Fee



Internship Fee






Health Insurance








Semester Program

Summer Program

Optional Costs

Additional Course



Four day Sailing Trip2



One day Sailing Trip



Athens Excursion (four days)2



Mt. Olympus Trek (two days)2



Place/Dorm Deposit:  $200 Refundable, retained on a credit card upon arrival

1Costs and fees are in US dollars.  Also please note that there is a surcharge of 10% for any cancellation of an optional activity, a room & board reservation, and/or a course once fees have been paid.

2The availability of trips is dependent on a minimum number of participants.

Program fees and optional costs do not include:

  • Transportation expenses to/from Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Personal trips and excursions.
  • Academic courses.
  • Meals and personal expenses during trips and excursions.
  • Pocket money.
  • Visa and residence permit fees (these are paid directly to Greek authorities).


The success of the program relies on active participation of all students. For this reason, interns are expected to participate fully in all work and research assignments. Fees will be payable according to the instructions provided in the information packets students receive when notified of their acceptance. All students are expected to abide by the policies and regulations outlined in the Perrotis College Student Handbook and the Residence Life Manual.

Submission of Applications

Applications and instructions are available from Perrotis College Study Abroad Office   Applicants are asked to submit the completed application and supporting documents electronically to the same email address.  If it is not possible to apply electronically, applicants should complete a hard copy of the application and submit by email or regular mail, using the following contact information:

Study Abroad 2016-17
Perrotis College, American Farm School
P.O. Box 23, 551 02 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +30-2310-492-700, +30-2310-492-819

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2017
    August 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018
    December 22, 2017
  • Summer 2017
    April 10, 2018

Late applications and/or registration for optional activities will be considered on the basis of availability and are subject to a $50, non-refundable application fee.

Questions or Clarifications

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the application process or the internship program itself. Send an e-mail to or call us at the telephone numbers listed above.

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