The purpose of the Internship Program is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain worthwhile experiences that cannot normally be acquired at the University, Interns benefit from the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge immediately to the practical “laboratory” of current business practices and techniques. Academic faculty, employers and public agencies work together with the interns to enhance the connection between classroom theory and real-world practice.
The internship allows the student to work for an employer without a commitment to full-time employment following graduation. Students who participate in the Internship Program normally work for one semester (14-16 weeks).
A student is eligible to participate in the Internship Program if he/she meets the following criteria:
- Has completed the freshman year (30 hours).
- Possesses and maintains a 2.5 minimum cumulative G.P.A.
- Obtains approval from the Internships Committee, faculty advisor and the Dean of the College of Agriculture.
- Is employable (i.e. posses good work ethic, holds a valid work permit if not a U.S. citizen, etc.)
- Transfer students become eligible upon completion of one full-time semester (12 hours) at ASU if all other eligibility requirements are met.
Benefits to the Student
An internship is a supervised, on-the-job, learning experience, it is an opportunity for YOU to learn more about career opportunities in the field of agricultural science or agribusiness and gain real-life experiences which are of benefit to you. During a field assignment you will:
- Integrate classroom theory with practical experience.
- Examine the structure and functions of a firm, organization, or agency.
- Partially meet education expenses through the salary received from the field assignments.
- Enhance permanent placement, starting salary, and positions through career related experiences.
- Gain experience in working with and understanding other people, thereby improving human relation skills.
- Develop a personal independence and a sense of responsibility.
The integration of work and study increases motivation. As you relate the material you are learning on campus with jobs you are performing, your interest in academic achievement becomes greater.
Compensation for the Internship employment periods varies according to the employer, the type of work, and the skills and techniques required for the job.
Note: ASU fees apply
What is the Intern Program?
The period of time the internship includes is flexible. However, one semester is a reasonable length of time. This program is designed to integrate classroom theory with practical experience. Credits and a salary are received. The number of hours of credit received will depend on the total number of hours completed. The internship
helps the student combine classroom education with practical, paid work in business industry, cooperatives or government agencies. Students need and want the advantage of having work experience upon graduation.
Why should you provide internships?
TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY!
As an employer, you make a big investment every time you hire an employee. Recruiting and training costs you time and money. What’s more, it probably takes a year or two to determine if that person is an asset to your company.
We offer an alternative --- you do the pre-screening by providing those students that have specific career interests with an opportunity to work for you. While they work for you and gain valuable experiences, you can observe them and determine how their skill might fit into your company.
Other advantages of hiring student interns include:
- Intern students generally are well-motivated and productive employees.
- Intern students can be utilized as temporary paraprofessionals – freeing others for more creative work.
- You can identify, train and evaluate students as potential future career employees.
- You have the ability to influence University curriculum by working closely with the school.
Employers whose needs are to have year round coverage of a position may wish to consider alternating two interns or several interns. In this way, both students and employers will be obtaining optimum value from these programs. Remember – Agriculture is a broad and highly scientific field and students need practical experience along with classroom studies to enhance the quality of their future.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact:
Arkansas State University
College of Agriculture and Technology
PO Box 1080
State University, AR 72467-1080