Grow Your Skills in the USA
Whether you intern at a greenhouse, on a farm, in a research lab, or at a winery, you'll gain new skills, knowledge, and cultural experiences with the MAST International. Our program combines a practical, hands-on learning experience in agriculture or horticulture with an optional academic experience at the University of Minnesota.
The MAST experience has three main components:
Why Choose MAST International?
High Quality Placements
Our training placements are more than just a work opportunity – you will experience the entire host organization for an in-depth understanding of their operations. In addition to improving your practical skills, you will learn about business management and industry best practices, build connections with your host trainer and others in your field, and become prepared to take the next step in your career back home.
The quality of our training opportunities come from our fantastic host trainers. Our host trainers are carefully evaluated and selected by the MAST International team. Many host trainers have worked with the MAST program for years, are highly experienced, and are leaders in their industry.
In-Depth Arrival Orientation
Trainees who will be in the U.S. for longer than 4 months attend a two-day in-person orientation in Minnesota soon after their arrival. Orientations are offered most months of the year. Participants are met at the airport, provided housing and meals, and assisted in coordinating their travel to the training site. MAST provides information about their visa status, health and safety, cultural adjustment, program support, and more.
Trainees who will be in the U.S. for less than 4 months receive a comprehensive online orientation. MAST provides information about visa requirements, insurance and healthcare, U.S. culture, program guidelines, and more.
MAST is focused on supporting our participants, host trainers, and country partners from making the placement through the training period in the USA. This starts with the MAST application, which guides partners and applicants through everything we require to provide trainees with a quality placement. Throughout a participant's program in the USA, we track their progress, are available for questions and concerns, conduct site visits, and provide feedback to our Country Partners.
University Study Program
Participants have the opportunity to participate in a semester of study at the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The University is a nationally-recognized research institution offering a full range of courses. MAST also offers specialized courses in English Language and Farm Business Management. The study program is a truly immersive American university experience - trainees live near campus, attend a full semester of courses, and engage in on-campus activities with both local and MAST students.