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Texas Rural Internship Program (TRIP)

The Texas Rural Internship Program is a joint initiative between the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Center for Rural Studies at SHSU.

The program pairs students with host families in participating rural communities for four to eight weeks during the summer, allowing them to experience life in rural Texas towns.

The Texas Rural Internship Program, provides much-needed interaction between urban and rural Texas, promotes rural Texas to attract and retain a talented workforce, helps develop some of today's talented college students into tomorrow's leaders, and cultivates ambassadors for rural Texas.

Interns  receive hands-on experience while visiting these small towns and working with the local government, economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, or local vendors. Towns participating in the Texas Rural Internship Program also benefit from the program by hosting the interns.

Any  rural Texas community willing to host a college student intern for one or two summer sessions is eligible.

Interns are paid and also receive college credit for participating in the program. All SHSU students are eligible for the Texas Rural Internship Program.

“When students hear ‘rural internship’ they may think it means spending their summer milking cows; however, that is not the purpose of the program… but if a student wants to go to a farm, he or she can do that.”
Dr. Gene Theodori, Director of the Center for Rural Studies


“This entire experience has allowed me to see the world in a different light. It has given me new experiences I never dreamed of.”
Kamesha  Walker, 2011 Rural Intern—Giddings, Texas


“It was interesting to see how a community works by helping each other out and how the chamber helps the local businesses. I think a lot of people my age don’t think about that…”
 Lindsay Byrd, 2010 Rural Intern—Levelland, Texas

Click here to view a video clip about the Texas Rural Internship Program

To view stories and presentations from previous internships, click here.

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