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
Got an Internship? Tell us about it! All students who secure internships, whether for credit or not, must complete the internship survey.
How to find an internship
- Activate your Handshake account to explore thousands of jobs and internships, available nationwide and locally, organized in collections based on your preferences
- Browse Ag Internship & Job Resource 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
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.
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Job Board
American Horse Publications
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Zoological Association of America
Careers in Food
Conservation Job Board
Food Science Internships Board
Forestry Jobs in America
Good Food Jobs
Institute of Food Technologies
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
NAADA Career Center
North American Association for Environmental Education
Seed Your Future Internships Board
Society For Conservation Biology
Sustainable Agriculture Internships
The Student Conservation Association