In a 2008 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), one-third of the employer respondents surveyed said they would strongly prefer a candidate for employment who had completed an internship over one who had not, while another 21 percent listed work experience as a deciding factor in who they hired.
Students are strongly encouraged to seek internships as a means to gain pre-professional work experience to provide them with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. Internships also supplement academic classes and are frequently used to earn college credit.
An internship is a way to test the waters in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life" experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of a certain vocation. Those interested in pursuing an internship should first read through the Internship Manual.
A partial list of potential internship providers is attached, but many other opportunities exist other than those listed here. Students must gain the approval of their faculty advisor prior to engaging in an internship agreement.
Internship packets are available here.
Selected Companies/Organizations that provide internships
(This should not be considered a complete list. Students are encouraged to seek other organizations whose activities meet the student’s career goals and objectives. Those with links have been linked.)
Advanced Food Company
Ag Workers Auto Insurance
American Brahman Breeders Assoc.
American Paint horse Assoc.
American Quarter horse Assoc.
Archer Daniels Midland
Bayer Crop Science
Bentwater Country Club
Black Gold Farms
Brickman Group (Online Application)
Brookside Equipment Sales
Corlay Farm & Cattle Co.
Deere & Co.
Dupont Crop Protection
Elkins Lake Country Club
Environmental Careers Organization
Farm Credit System
Green Leaf Nursery
Green Valley Growers
Harris County Central Appraisal District
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Mound Creek Ranch, Leona, TX
Mustang Tractor & Equipment
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Prestage Farms Inc.
Raven Nest Golf Club
Rose Hollow Equestrian Center
Royster Clark Inc.
San Antonio Livestock Exposition
Sanderson Farms (Summer Internship Brochure)
Sandy Creek Wholesale Nursery, Inc.
SHSU Grounds Department
The Horticulture Services Division (HSD) internship program at the Smithsonian Institution (Online Application)
Texas Agricultural Experiment Station
Texas Cooperative Extension Service
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Department of Criminal Justice -Agriculture Division
Texas Golf Association, Dallas and Houston, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife
The Texas Office of State and Federal Relations
The Hanover Company
Tyson Foods, Inc.
USDA Animal-Plant Health Inspection Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Rural Development Agency
Valent USA Corp.
Veterinary Hospital of New Waverly
Walker County Appraisal District
Walt Disney World College Program
Waterwood Country Club
See additional listings at SHSU Career Services Center