Internships offered for Texas college students
A variety of internships are being offered in county offices of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for college students. "We want to find students with an interest in agriculture, human sciences or youth development so we can let them 'test drive' working for AgriLife Extension," said Dan Bogart, AgriLife Extension human resources specialist. "We get to see them in action, and they get to experience a real work experience at the county level."
Bogart said the agency hopes to receive applications by March 20, but the deadline is flexible. Interested students can view http://extensionintern.tamu.edu/ for more information.
"Students can use this real work experience to enhance their resume for future job hunts, to gain valuable insight in a potential career choice and to work in a 'service industry,'" Bogart added.
He also said an internship can provide a student with a "reality check" about careers before making a long-term commitment.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service, a part of the Texas A&M University System, has a presence in all 254 counties to provide objective, research-based education programs and services in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community economic development.
Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, have at least 60 credit hours completed prior to internship, have a 2.5 or higher grade point average and have a valid Texas driver's license. AgriLife Extension internships are open to all majors from any college or university. Some institutes may grant semester credit hours for internships.
One's educational background is not as important as the applicant's knowledge, abilities and interests related to outreach and education, according to agency officials.
Interns will need to be able to work full-time for one academic semester.
Bogart noted that the agency needs "energetic, innovative, resourceful individuals." On-the-job training will be provided under close supervision. Because each county office is organized slightly differently, the actual work experience may vary, Bogart noted. Student interns may work in AgriLife Extension at district or county offices throughout the state.