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Internships

Internships provide practical experience related to your field of study or career goals and help increase marketability with employers. They may be paid or unpaid and last one summer, semester, or another mutually agreed-upon time between the employer and the student. They may also qualify for course credit subject to approval from an academic school/department.

Many employers offer internships to assess potential job candidates and build a pipeline of talent for future hires. When seeking to fill positions, they often prefer candidates who have relevant internship or related work experience and may offer higher starting salaries. Therefore, it is advantageous for students to seek internships early and secure as many as possible while in college to

  • Learn about potential employers and career paths

  • Build experience in your chosen career field and a network of professional contacts

  • Gain insight on which skills, culture, setting, and type of work you do and do not enjoy

  • Apply knowledge acquired through classes, field work and labs in a real-world setting

How to find an internship:

  • Activate your account on the Olinde Career Center Job Board, Handshake
  • Browse Ag Internship & Job Resources list
  • Seek recommendations from your faculty and academic advisors
  • Make an appointment with Ashley Grant, Manager of Internships & Student Engagement
  • Network with alumni and industry contacts by attending career fairs, participating in student organizations, attending conferences, and volunteering in activities that interest you
  • Seek assistance from the LSU Olinde Career Center on internships, resume writing, and more

Paid and Unpaid Internships

Before accepting a paid or unpaid internship, it is important for students to consider costs and develop a budget for housing, living, transportation expenses as well as course registration expenses, if applicable, to determine whether the opportunity is financially feasible.

Before accepting an unpaid internship, it is in the student’s best interest to review the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines on unpaid internships to make sure the arrangement is fair and the student is the “primary beneficiary” per guidelines. 

Internships for Course Credit

Did you know that you can earn course credit for your internship? Students must meet with your departmental internship adviser the semester before your internship begins to review the next steps to gain that academic credit. Both paid and unpaid internships are eligible for course credit. Contact your faculty internship adviser today!

Major / Concentration Adviser Contact Office Internship
Agricultural Business Dr. Trina Biswas

tbiswa1@lsu.edu
225-578-2759

111 Woodin Hall AGEC 3700

Agriculture &
Extension Education

Teaching in Formal Education

Dr. Kristin Stair


Dr. Richie Roberts


Dr. Joey Blackburn

kstair@lsu.edu
225-578-6128

roberts3@lsu.edu
225-578-8549

jjblackburn@lsu.edu
225-578-7892

135 J.C. Miller 


131 J.C. Miller 


129 J.C. Miller

AEEE 4806
Agriculture &
Extension Education

Agricultural Leadership & Development
Assigned AEEE
faculty adviser

AEEE Faculty Directory

- AEEE 3010
Animal Science Dr. Cathy Williams

CWilliams@agcenter.lsu.edu
225-578-4574

229L Animal &
Food Sciences Lab

 

ANSC 3050
Environmental Management Systems Dr. Maud Walsh

evwals@lsu.edu
225-578-1211

110 MB Sturgis

EMS 3090
Natural Resource Ecology & Management Dr. Mike Kaller

mkalle1@lsu.edu
225-578-0012

105 RNR Building

RNR 4063

Nutrition & Food Science

Dr. Georgianna Tuuri

Judy Myhand

Dr. Joan King
(Food Science)

gtuuri@agcenter.lsu.edu
225-578-1722

JMyhand@agcenter.lsu.edu 
225-578-1718

jking@agcenter.lsu.edu
225-578-5157 

255 Knapp Hall

219 Human Ecology

201J Animal &
Food Sciences Lab

NFS 3900

Plant & Soil Systems 
Crop Science
Soil Science
Sustainable Production Systems

Dr. Maud Walsh

evwals@lsu.edu 
225-578-1211

110 MB Sturgis AGRO 3090
Plant & Soil Systems
Environmental Horticulture
Horticultural Science
Medicinal Plants
Turf and Landscape Management
Dr. Don Labonte

dlabonte@agcenter.lsu.edu
225-578-1203

104 MB Sturgis HORT 3000
Plant & Soil Systems
Agricultural Pest Management - Entomology
Urban Entomology
Dr. Jeff Davis

jeffdavis@agcenter.lsu.edu  
225-578-5618

404 Life Sciences ENTM 3000

Plant & Soil Systems
Agricultural Pest Management - Plant Pathology

 Dr. Vinson Doyle vdoyle@agcenter.lsu.edu 
225-578-4052
324 Life Sciences PLHL 3000
Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising Pam Vinci

PRabalais@agcenter.lsu.edu 
225-578-2403

141 Human Ecology TAM 4047

Career Development Events

Event Date

LSU Career Expos (virtual event)
Career Expo is our largest recruiting event of the year and is broken into a two day event focused on industries. We offer a STEM Career Expo on September 15 and a Business, Government and Nonprofit Career Expo on September 22.

September 15 and 22, 2020

Virtual Interviewing Program
We have moved to a virtual format for the Fall "On-Campus Interviewing Program (OCI)." This nine-week program connects employers to students to interview for internships and full-time job opportunities.

September 21 to November 20, 2020

Health Professions Fair (virtual event)
Professional schools and programs, with specializations in the healthcare industry, connect with students with like-minded career paths or interests and have the chance to network, gather information and explore careers in health care. Medical, dental and other professional programs from Louisiana and across the country, in addition to several baccalaureate programs, look forward to this annual event.

October 6, 2020

Louisiana Land Grant Ag Career Prep Week + Virtual Ag Career Fair
Hosted in partnership with the LSU College of Agriculture and Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Science, Career Prep Week provides students from both of Louisiana's Land Grant Institutions with an opportunity to build on their professional development skills and network with potential employers. Freshmen through seniors are encouraged to participate in these events.

October 12 - 16, 2020

Graduate and Professional Schools Fair (virtual event)
LSU students of all disciplines are eager to meet with you to learn more about your graduate or professional program! We invite you to attend this event to share information about your program, admission requirements and application process to help students understand how your program can connect them to their future career.

October 20, 2020

School Professionals' Networking Day (virtual event)
School Professionals' Networking Day is a one-day recruitment program that partners schools and districts nationwide with students and alumni to network for full-time positions in the teaching, counseling, school librarian and media specialists, school psychologists, speech pathologists/therapists, audiologists, school leadership, social work and other school-based professional fields. 

October 28, 2020

Ag Internship & Job Resources 

Sample of Past Internship Placements by Major

Agricultural Business

A. Wilbert's Sons Research

Cargill

First South Farm Credit

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Purina

Red Stick Farmers Market

Smithfield Foods

Zen- Noh Grain

Agricultural and Extension Education

Assumption High School

Beau Chene High School

Boyet Jr. High School

JBS USA

LaSalle High School

LSU AgCenter- Louisiana Master Gardener Program

Mangham High School

National 4-H Council

Animal Sciences

Audubon Nature Institute

Barn Hill Nature Preserve

Delta Dairy

East Foundation

National Turkey Federation

Sanderson Farms

Texas Hidden Springs Ranch

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Wildlife Safari Oregon

Environmental Management Systems

Ardent Mills

Baum Environmental Group

Green Light New Orleans

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

LSU AgCenter Northeast and Macon Ridge Research Stations

LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research and Extension Group

Pro-Tech Environmental Support Services

Shreveport Green

Soil Fertility Lab, LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences

Soil Microbial Ecology Laboratory, LSU School of Plant Environmental and Soil Sciences

 

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Atlanta Zoo

Duck's Unlimited

Elderd Lab at LSU

 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

U.S. Department of Entergy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USDA Forest Service -Wildlife and Fisheries Program

Yellowstone National Park

Nutrition and Food Sciences

Associated Grocers

Cane Land Distilling Company

Community Coffee Company

Eat Fit NOLA

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

LSU Athletics

LSU Student Health Center

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

SB Wellness

St. Elizabeth Hospital

Plant and Soil Systems

Billy Heroman's Flowers & Gifts Plantscaping

Coastal Plants Breeding Program, LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences

Del Monte Foods

Disney

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Green Bay Packers

Longwood Gardens

Newton Landscape Group

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising

Birchbox

Colletta Showroom

Cynthia Rowley

Kendra Scott

Lafayette 148

Oscar de la Renta

Proenza Schouler

Sachini Babi

Vera Wang

Victoria's Secret

 

ashley grant manager of internships

Ashley Grant
Manager of Internships & Student Engagement
agrant12@lsu.edu
225-578-6702 office
225-257-5590 mobile
134 Martin D. Woodin Hall

Schedule an Internship or Career Appointment

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  5. Select "Internship / Career"

 Internship Survey

All students who secure internships, whether for credit or not, must complete the internship survey.

Fill Out the Internship Survey

 Internship Spotlights 

  Learn about past internships our students have participated in.

Internship Spotlight

Dina Crochet

Dina Crochet
Convention Intern, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)

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