Professional internships are a type of specialized work experience and include academic learning outcomes, and are designed to provide students with “real-world” application of their evolving knowledge in agricultural economics.
The internship requires application of courses that typify the agricultural economics area of study. That is, AGEC internships should utilize concepts or principals from courses such as AGEC 105 Principles of Agricultural Economics, ACEC 217 Fundamentals of Agricultural Economic Analysis, AGEC 314 Marketing, AGEC 315 Food and Ag sales, AGEC 330 agricultural finance, AGEC 340 Agricultural management, Agec 429 Ag Policy and others, as well as supporting business school courses in accounting, finance, and management.
We believe that an internship experience is a full time work experience that typically spans a 10 week period with approximately 400 total hours of work. Students should visit with the faculty internship director (currently Dr. Kerry Litzenberg, 212 AGLS) to document academic approval and evaluate the credit of your internship. Students should also check with their advisor in the undergraduate office to see where the internship fits into their academic program.
Typically the internships in Agricultural Economics are PAID internships.
What Does Not Qualify as an Internship?
An industry Internship is not just a part-time job, nor is it simply a “summer” work experience unless it includes activities closely associated with the educational requirements of the Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics curricula.
Typically the student completing an internship will not be taking classes on the A&M campus, but will live and work where the internship experience takes place. (note, that many firms assist with student housing during the internship).