Julia, BES Experiential Learning Initiative Intern in Madras
Julia, BES Experiential Learning
Initiative Intern in Madras

While many students have heard that attending class and keeping up their grades is important for academic success, future employers are actually more interested in what students do outside the classroom to apply their knowledge. Internships, where students have direct experience in a work setting but are provided with mentoring, supervision, and a chance to reflect, is a resume builder most employers now look for. For a company, this experience tells them that a student has been able to take their academic knowledge and apply it to a real-world setting.

 Not only does an internship or research opportunity provide you with hands-on experience and a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom, it also equips you with skills that are transferable to any job. Bailey Jenks, a junior in Agricultural Sciences, has spent her summer as an intern at Monsanto in Hawaii working on corn and soybean crops and community outreach. Bailey recognizes both the academic and social learning in her internship: “I have polished my professional skills by being able to interact with very important people throughout the company. I believe internships are a very important aspect to academia, because I will continue my last two years of school knowing what will be expected of me in the job market when I graduate.”  Emily Rea, a junior at OSU Le Grande, found that through her internship at Threemile Canyon Farms, she has gained experience and knowledge she will use throughout her entire career. “Each day I learn something new which makes me work harder”, she said.

Bailey Jenks, Agricultural Sciences major, as an intern at Monsanto Hawaii
Bailey Jenks, Agricultural
Sciences major, as an intern
at Monsanto Hawaii

How do you get more information on finding research and internship opportunities? One place to start is here in the College of Agricultural Sciences with our Fall Experiential Expo on October 20. Register here for workshops that will give you tips and methods for finding and preparing for research and internship experiences. Also seek out research presentations, like the Branch Experiment Station Poster Session on October 20, for an opportunity to network with faculty and students who have participated in undergraduate research projects.

Bailey used the resources available to her through CAS when preparing to apply for her internship at Monsanto. The Academic Programs Office assisted her with writing her cover letter and redesigning her resume: “[Dr. Gaebel] gave me tips for my phone interview with Monsanto Hawaii, and has continued to check in on me and stay in touch through my adventures.”  Emily’s advice for anyone looking for an internship is to “have a positive attitude, have fun and be willing to learn a lot!”

For more information on the Branch Experiment Station Experiential Learning Initiative Internship Program: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/students/bes-internship