Interested in internships? See Gigi!
Dedicated to helping students be all they can be, Gigi Gauthier''s mission is to connect students with internships matching their career interests. Over the past eight years, she has cultivated ag industry and alumni contacts through development roles with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture and more recently as Director of Internships. Prior to coming to LSU, Gigi was assistant dean for admissions at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law where she worked for twelve years. Early in her career, she was a ladies apparel buyer with Parisian, Inc. and a sales manager with Macy's.
A Baton Rouge native, Gauthier holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and psychology from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration degree from Samford University. Her favorite escapes usually involve scuba diving, reading, traveling and enjoying nature.
What drew you to LSU and College of Agriculture?
After living out of state for many years, it was time to come home and reconnect with my family and ancestral agricultural roots. When I was child, my father took me to a sugar mill during the grinding season. What a treat it was to sample molasses and raw cane juice. With longstanding family ties to LSU, it was only natural to explore opportunities at the university.
In my current role and as a former member of the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture development team, I’ve had the privilege of meeting alumni, friends and ag industry leaders. They are passionate about LSU and highly value the LSU AgCenter’s research, teaching and extension mission. They also care deeply about the college’s mission to prepare future generations for successful careers in natural resources, agriculture, food and fiber.
I am inspired by our alumni and friends’ loyalty and the many ways they give back to LSU. From funding scholarships to serving as mentors to hiring students, visiting classes and participating in the College of Agriculture Alumni and Friends Association, the scope of their generosity and engagement is great.
What advice do you have for future students?
As you begin a new life chapter, remember your first day of class is your first step toward career preparation. Make the most of every learning opportunity and get to know your professors. Be open to new experiences and get outside your comfort zone. Take the initiative to get involved in activities that interest you. Many offer the chance to network with professionals, attend industry/agency field trips and learn about careers. It’s time to build your network of contacts for future internships and jobs, career advice, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Employers are looking for leaders with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic. They want to know what you did to make a difference in the organizations with which you are involved.
Seek out as many internships as you can to broaden your experience, skills, contacts and knowledge of career options. The more diverse experiences you have, the more you learn about yourself as well as what you enjoy and don’t enjoy. Doing so puts you closer to finding your “dream” internship or job.
Don’t be afraid to move away from home for a summer internship or study abroad experience. Think of it as a chance to grow. Employers often view internships as three-month job interviews and give priority to interns when they hire for full-time positions. If you move away for a summer internship early in college, it shows employers you are genuinely open to relocation. All these ingredients contribute to building a strong foundation for college, career and life success.