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:
- Must have completed their freshman year (30 hours).
- 2.5 minimum cumulative G.P.A.
- Obtained approval from the Internships Committee, faculty advisor, and the Associate 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 wages received for the internship.
- Enhance permanent placement, starting salary, and positions through career related experiences.
- Opportunity to improve human-relational and networking skills.
- Develop a personal independence and a sense of responsibility.
Paid or Unpaid
- Most internships pay an hourly wage; however, some internships with governmental agencies and non-profit organizations are not paid. Whether paid or unpaid , an internship provides you with valuable work experience.
Tuition and Fees
- Regular undergraduate tuition and fees apply to internship credit
For More information on how you can get involved, contact:
Donald "Bud" Kennedy, Ph.D.
Arkansas State University
College of Agriculture, AG 227
PO Box 1080
State University, AR 72467-1080