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Internships

We recognize that there’s more to learn about your chosen career than what can be learned in the classroom. That’s why every Plant Science student is required to complete at least one approved internship during the course of their undergraduate career. Internships help you gain experience, learn about a profession, develop skills, and build a network. Many employers and graduate schools look for candidates with internships, and an internship can even lead to a job after graduation. While one internship is required, it is suggested to do more during college to get a variety of experiences.

Past Internships

Students have found internships all around the country, in a variety of fields. Some recent internships have been at companies such as:

  • Disney World
  • University of Minnesota
  • Hazeltine National Golf Club
  • USDA ARS Cereal Disease Lab
  • Siberia Designs
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Green Valley Greenhouse
  • Syngenta

Completing internships at both large and small companies helps students to figure out not only the field they hope to work in, but also the type of work environment they fit best in. If there's a company you're interested in working for after graduation, check to see if they have an internship you can take while in college. That valuable experience at the company can help you land a job later.

Turfgrass internshipFinding an Internship

Finding an internship can seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of resources out there for students. Try searching on GoldPass or at Career and Internship Services. Another good place to keep an eye out is departmental newsletters or on bulletin boards around St. Paul campus, particularly in Alderman, Borlaug, and Hodson Halls.

Getting Credit for your Internship

To learn more about how to get credit for your internship, please look at the Forms and Advising section before beginning your own.