Internships Abound

Internship are kind of a big deal, at least to me. I’ve had some great career breaks because of them, and have learned a lot from them. What a lot of people don’t stop to think about is that internships happen in just about every industry.

People look at a farm kid going to college, and wonder why you’d need a degree to do something that’s been around for thousands of years. Most can’t even comprehend the concept of agriculture internships.
Well, surprise. They exist.
Degrees in agriculture range over a wide array, from sciences (agronomy, animal sciences, ecology, horticulture, veterinarian sciences, etc.) to management, to communications…and all of these subjects have available internships within them.
A quick Google search can open up many doors! Also, checking into local, state, and national organizations (Farm Bureaus, grower organizations, etc.) can open up great doors. Agriculture consultant companies also offer a lot of great learning experiences for students. Research and development companies, marketing/communications/PR firms, farm service companies, and a mariad of other businesses small and large are on the hunt for good interns.

Someone once told me (on Twitter) that today’s interns are tomorrow’s CEO’s. Now, I’m sure most agriculture students don’t want to be CEO’s. Most of them just want to inherit the family operation, which is no easy feat these days. However, these career opportunities can open up doors. They can help with networking. In today’s culture and economy, networking and unique experiences can set you apart from the competition…even if the competition is someone else making a bid to your landlord.

So, to all you young agriculturalists out there, or even just concerned parties, do your research. Look around. Find the people who can help you get a foot in the door. Pursue those early professional experiences. They can make all the difference in the long run.


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