Washington education institutions with programs in grape and wine education recently cooperated to create guidance for wine industry employers looking for student interns.
The guide outlines what interns can do for potential employers in the vineyard or in winery.
For example, they can help with selection and monitoring, transport, crush, fermenting, storage, sampling, testing, analysis, bottling, record-keeping, contracts, sanitation and waste water management in a winery.
They can monitor and help control pests and diseases, fertilize, irrigate, manage canopy, prune and harvest in vineyards.
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Interns also can help with marketing and sales and development of special events or promotions.
The guide includes information on creating an intern job description and pay and outlines when an employer is required pay an intern or when the internship can go unpaid under U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations.
To find a copy of the document, go to www.wawgg.org and click on "Education and Internships."