Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

A. Wilbert’s Sons Research Internships

Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

A. Wilbert’s Sons, LLC is sponsoring multiple research internships in agriculture and natural resources through a partnership with the LSU AgCenter. Undergraduate students interested in topics such as forestry management, wildlife ecology and management, agronomic plant and soil systems, environmental management, and crop production economics are encouraged to apply. 

Company Background:

In 1848, Anton Wilbert settled in Plaquemine, Louisiana, from Germany and bought land for timber to support his cabinet and coffin trade. Now known as A. Wilbert’s Sons, LLC, the company owns approximately 120,000 acres in Louisiana and Mississippi and manages property ranging from bottomland hardwood timber, plantation pine timber, agricultural row crops, eucalyptus and pasture land to commercial real estate.

Internship Overview:

High-achieving students have an opportunity to pursue research projects and benefit from mentorship by LSU faculty advisors and A. Wilbert’s Sons personnel. As part of the application process, candidates are required to identify a faculty advisor and submit a research project proposal aligned with the interests of A. Wilbert’s Sons. Depending on the nature of the projects and availability of funding, the internships require a minimum one-semester commitment beginning Fall 2019 and may possibly be extended up to a full year. Interns will receive up to $8,000 in support for supplies, travel expenses associated with their respective internships and salaries based on the number of hours worked at an hourly rate of $11.60. Interns will report to their faculty advisors for projects and work schedules and complete duties as assigned. Their responsibilities will include mid-term and final reports as well as reports to A. Wilbert’s Sons' management upon or near the completion of their projects.


Eligible applicants are undergraduates enrolled full-time at LSU with priority given to those with a minimum cumulative LSU GPA of 3.20 or higher who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors majoring in Agricultural Business, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Plant and Soil Systems or Environmental Management Systems and who meet the LSU AgCenter’s hiring eligibility requirements. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, their own transportation and flexibility to travel to Plaquemine, Louisiana, and other areas in state.

Application Process:

Interested students are invited to submit their proposals, applications and resumes to:

Dr. Michael Salassi
A. Wilbert’s Sons LLC Endowed Professor and Department Head
LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
101 Martin D. Woodin Hall

Applications are due by September 6, 2019.

Applications can be submitted by email to:

Proposals and application materials will be evaluated and ranked by a faculty committee and representatives of A. Wilbert’s Sons. (See “Application Form,” “Proposal Format” and “Evaluation Criteria” for internship proposals on the following pages.)

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions by September 20, 2019.

Funding period starts October 1, 2019.

Applications for this 2019-20 research internship have closed.  Please come back and apply in Fall 2020 if you are interested.

Undergraduate Research

For more opportunities, visit:

LSU Discover


LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Program

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher


College of Agriculture Research Grants

Research Grants


Agribusiness Research

To get involved with agribusiness and agricultural economic research, please reach out to the Agribusiness faculty regarding any opportunities.