I would like to obtain an internship. What's Next?
- Getting Started:
Internships are required for Horticulture and Turfgrass majors. In order to receive credit for an internship, you should speak with the relevant internship coordinator. For Horticulture, contact Dr. Ellen Vincent. For Turfgrass, contact Dr. Haibo Liu. For general internship inquiries, contact Student Services Manager, Lisa Flick.
- Do I have to register for a class to do an internship?
Horticulture and Turfgrass majors are required to do an internship for course credit, that counts toward their overall hours needed for graduation. Plant and Environmental Science majors are not required to do an internship. However, an internship is strongly recommended for any major, as it helps students gain valuable working experience in their major field.
- Why should I do an internship?
Many employers are interested in newly graduated students who already have working experience, even if it is just for a few months! Internships are a way to gain experience in your major field, thus validating what you are studying. Not only this, but students can gain valuable connections with people in their field by doing an internship, as well as working references and recommendations. Many of our past students have found jobs at the very places they interned!
- When can I do an internship?
It is suggested for both Horticulture and Turfgrass majors to complete their internships during the summer between their sophomore and junior years.
- Where can I do an internship?
In theory – anywhere! Our students have done their internships abroad, and of course, closer to home. But you can do an internship wherever you like. You will just need to get pre-approval of your internship plans from your respective internship coordinator (see Getting Started). We do recommend, however, that you do your internship at a place that you haven’t previously interned or worked.