Internships | LSU Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness

Internship Program

 

In the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, we believe an internship experience can be a valuable part of the academic training and an important component of the student's preparation for future employment. It is an opportunity for students to learn more about a specific agribusiness organization and the 'real world' activities and responsibilities that individuals within that organization face on a daily basis.

Internship Spotlight: Patrick Harrison (Zen-Noh Grain Corporation)

Patrick Harrison

 Over the months of June and July, I completed an internship at Zen-Noh Grain   Corporation. Though Zen-Noh Grain is located in Convent, LA, it is owned by a several   Japanese stockholders in Japan. ZGC is the most efficient grain elevator in North   America. At full operation, Zen-Noh can move over 500 million pounds of grain every   twelve hours. ZGC is by no means a storage area. They unload the commodity, whether   it be corn, wheat, sorghum, or soybeans, and then grade it, weigh it, and then export it.   Very rarely does grain stay on sight for many days because they are importing and   exporting day and night every day.

 When I got the opportunity to go through their internship program, I was overcome with   excitement. I spent the summer bouncing around the whole corporation. I worked for a   week in the safety department, purchasing department, dockside operations, landside   operations, and the maintenance/electrical department. I spent two weeks in the control   room and spent my last week where I wanted. At the end of that week, I presented my   final project, that I had been working on all summer, in front of all the supervisors and       managers.

 When I was in each department, I worked alongside with that department’s   manager/supervisor and the other employees. While working with them, I also picked   their brain and took in as much as possible, so I could get a good idea of what they do   and how it effects the business. I truly enjoyed it and learned far more than I thought I   would. I can’t say enough about the people at Zen-Noh Grain. I am so thankful for the   experience and knowledge I gained that I will keep forever.


Frequently asked questions

An agribusiness internship is a practical learning experience in an agribusiness firm or organization that deals with the type of work you hope to enter into upon completion of your academic degree. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between your formal classroom learning and the professional world. In an ideal internship, you would be assigned tasks and responsibilities that allow you to observe and participate in various operations of the organization. You would be encouraged to ask questions of the organization, and to contribute your ideas and input toward the objectives of the organization. In return, you receive valuable work experience and college credit toward your academic degree.

The primary reason to participate in an internship program is for you to learn more about the career area you wish to pursue. An internship enables you to discover which aspects of an organization’s activities best suit you, e.g., purchasing, sales, market research, public relations, etc. In addition, learning that you don’t like a particular area of an organization’s operation can be a valuable learning experience. An internship also allows you to apply concepts you have learned in the agribusiness curriculum. It can also give you an edge in the job market. Quality work experience looks good on your resume and a good letter of recommendation from your supervisor may open a few doors. In some cases, an internship may also lead to permanent employment with the participating company.

You should be thinking about participating in an internship near the middle to end of your academic curriculum. You need enough formal training and knowledge about your career interests to benefit from an internship experience. You must be willing and able to handle the responsibilities of career-oriented employment. This means you must be able to conduct yourself in a mature, responsible and professional manner. Remember, during an internship, you will be dealing with professionals in the business community and will be representing Louisiana State University.

You can participate in an internship during any academic term, although the summer term is the most common for an agribusiness internship. Some internships may require a substantial time commitment. Because of this, you might want to arrange an internship only for semesters when your course load is light.

Advisor

Students interested in pursuing internship opportunities should contact Dr. Biswas at tbiswa1@lsu.edu 

Dr. Biswas

 

Internship Forms

Check the following files for more information on internships.

Request for Internship Credit Form

Additional Info About AGEC 3700

 

Handshake

LSU Handshake is a free online service to help you apply for internships, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, or on-campus jobs.  This platform notifies you of any upcoming career fairs, allows you to schedule appointments in the LSU Olinde Career Center, and encourages you to interact with employers and fellow colleagues.

 

College of Agriculture Internship Resources

Agricultural Internships

 

Internship Opportunities

For current internship opportunities, please check out the Agribusiness Newsletter that Dr. Biswas sends out or the monthly College of Ag Internship Newsletter that Mrs. Ashley Grant sends out.