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. Communities, click here for an application.
Interns are paid and also receive college credit for participating in the program. All SHSU students are eligible for the Texas Rural Internship Program. Students, click here for an application.
Click here to view past Texas Rural Internship Alumni videos, PowerPoint presentations, and testimonials.
The 2011 Texas Rural Internship Program
Texas Rural Challenge 2011, San Marcos, Texas Pictured here are two of SHSU's Rural Interns, Kayla Clark and Kamesha Walker. Also pictured are Cheryl Hudec, Associate Director of the Center, Gene Theodori, Director fo the Center, and Rick Rhodes, Assistant Commissioner for Texas Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Development division.
Texas Rural Internship Program Feature: Internship Program Gives Student a Taste of Rural Life
The Texas Rural Internship Program is a joint initiative between the Center for Rural Studies and the Texas Department of Agriculture. This is the second year for the program. Lindsay Byrd, one of eight students, participated in the program this year. Byrd's experience in Levelland is featured here.