Internships | LSU College of Agriculture


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

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

Students interested in getting course credit should meet with their respective departmental internship advisors prior to accepting an internship offer to discuss requirements.

How to find an internship:

  • Activate your account on the Olinde Career Center Job Board, Handshake
  • 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

Career Development Events

Event Date

JCPenny Suit Up

Sept. 8, 2019
LSU Career Expo Sept. 10-11, 2019
Health Professions Fair Oct. 2, 2019
Agriculture Career Fair Oct. 24, 2019
School Professionals' Networking Day Oct. 30, 2019
Law School & Graduate Workshops

Dates TBD for Fall 2019

Animal Science Roundtable Event

Nov. 20, 2019

Sample of Past Internship Placements by Major

Agricultural Business

A. Wilbert's Sons Research


First South Farm Credit

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation


Red Stick Farmers Market

Smithfield Foods

Zen- Noh Grain

Agricultural and Extension Education

Assumption High School

Beau Chene High School

Boyet Jr. High School



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


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


Colletta Showroom

Cynthia Rowley

Kendra Scott

Lafayette 148

Oscar de la Renta

Proenza Schouler

Sachini Babi

Vera Wang

Victoria's Secret