A major component of each agribusiness student's educational plan is an internship at a business related to student's major. Students complete 11 credits (528 hours) of supervised internship during their freshman and sophomore years in college. Students and instructors work with agribusiness staff in arranging a position that provides work and experiences that they will encounter in their professional careers. In many ways the internship provides the students with an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom.
Internships at numerous agricultural cooperatives are available to students during the summer between the 1st and 2nd year of education at South Central College. For many of SCC Agronomy students crop scouting is a part of their internships. Checking plant population, plant vigor, plant emergence and plant health are important information collected by the interns. Students may choose to complete an internship at an agricultural research facility. The development and evaluation of new seed varieties and hybrids is an exciting industry to be a part of.
The use of technology is an important part of many of the internships. In the picture to the right, a student is mapping a field using GPS mapping software.
A large number of jobs in the agriculture industry are in the service and management area. On their internships students have the opportunity to work and gain experience providing the inputs and services that producers require.
The primary purpose of students" internships is to educate the students about work in the agricultural industry. Students have a ability to learn from industry experts at industry schools, field plot work, and industry representatives.
Providing and applying crop protection and crop nutrients products is an important service provided by the agribusiness industry. Students can choose to complete an internship in the agronomy area and it could lead to a full-time employment after their completion of the internship.
Southern Minnesota is home to a strong livestock industry. Students who have a livestock interest are able to complete an internship at a livestock facility. Swine, dairy, beef, equine and sheep internships are obtainable.