Texas Rural Internship Program

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The Texas Rural Internship Program (TRIP) is a joint initiative between the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University.

The goal of TRIP is to provide much-needed interaction between urban and rural Texas, promote rural Texas to attract and retain a talented workforce, help develop some of today's talented college students into tomorrow's leaders; and cultivate ambassadors for rural Texas.

2013 TRIP interns with Texas Department of Agriculture employees at TDA headquarters

2013 TRIP Interns at the Texas Department of Agriculture Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
From left to right: Rick Rhodes (TDA), Becky Dempsey (TDA), Victoria Orsak, David Bessette, Keldon Shepherd, Ednisha Peel, Matthew Trader, Lindsey Bushnell, Diana Alvarado (TDA), and Michael West (TDA). Also a 2013 intern but not pictured is Sir James Offord II.

Texas Rural Internship Program Brochure

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

Click here to view past Texas Rural Internship Alumni videos, PowerPoint presentations, and testimonials.

Internship Program Gives Student a Taste of Rural Life

A photo of Lindsay Byrd

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.

2012 TRIP interns group photo

2012 TRIP

From left to right: Courtney Hoffman (Austin, TX), Erica Alexander, Elizabeth Russell, Taylor Aschermann, Gene Theodori (SHSU), Lauren Novak, Rick Rhodes (TDA), and Cheryl Hudec (SHSU).

2011 TRIP

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 of the Center, and Rick Rhodes, Assistant Commissioner for Texas Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Development division.

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