In a 2008 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), one-third of the employer respondents surveyed said they would strongly prefer a candidate for employment who had completed an internship over one who had not, while another 21 percent listed work experience as a deciding factor in who they hired. 

Students are strongly encouraged to seek internships as a means to gain pre-professional work experience to provide them with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. Internships also supplement academic classes and are frequently used to earn college credit.

An internship is a way to test the waters in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life" experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of a certain vocation. Those interested in pursuing an internship should first read through the Internship Manual

A partial list of potential internship providers is attached, but many other opportunities exist other than those listed here. Students must gain the approval of their faculty advisor prior to engaging in an internship agreement. 

Internship packets are available here.


Selected Companies/Organizations that provide internships

(This should not be considered a complete list. Students are encouraged to seek other organizations whose activities meet the student’s career goals and objectives. Those with links have been linked.)

Advanced Food Company

Ag Processing


Ag Workers Auto Insurance

American Brahman Breeders Assoc.

American Paint horse Assoc.

American Quarter horse Assoc.

Archer Daniels Midland

Bayer Crop Science

Bentwater Country Club

Black Gold Farms 

Brickman Group(Online Application)

Brookside Equipment Sales

Dallas Arboretum


Colorspot Nurseries 

Corlay Farm & Cattle Co.

Deere & Co.

Dekalb Genetics

Dupont Crop Protection


Elkins Lake Country Club


Environmental Careers Organization

Farm Bureau

Farm Credit System

Farmland Industries

FMC Corporation

Ford-New Holland

Green Leaf Nursery

Green Valley Growers

Golden Harvest

Harris County Central Appraisal District

Heartfield Florist

Hines Nursery

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Zoo

Kraft Foods

Landscapers Pride

Landscapes USA

McGinley Family Ranch & Vineyards


Mound Creek Ranch, Leona, TX

Mustang Tractor & Equipment

Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Prestage Farms Inc.

Producers CoOp

Raven Nest Golf Club

RiceTec, Inc. 

Rollins Ranchers 

Rose Hollow Equestrian Center

Royster Clark Inc.

San Antonio Livestock Exposition

Sanderson Farms (Summer Internship Brochure)

Sandy Creek Wholesale Nursery, Inc.

SHSU Grounds Department

Smithfield Packing

The Horticulture Services Division (HSD) internship program at the Smithsonian Institution   (Online Application)



Terra Products

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station

Texas Cooperative Extension Service

Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Department of Criminal Justice -Agriculture Division 

Texas Golf Association, Dallas and Houston, TX

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Texas Office of State and Federal Relations

The Hanover Company

Tyson Foods, Inc.

USDA Animal-Plant Health Inspection Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Rural Development Agency

Valent USA Corp. 

Veterinary Hospital of New Waverly

Walker County Appraisal District

Walt Disney World College Program

Waterwood Country Club

See additional listings at SHSU Career Services Center.