The Professional Internship program provides students with work experiences that are critical in job placement. Crop and Soil Science graduates find the most valuable asset they have in seeking employment is the relevant experience they can offer an employer. As the economy shifts, students find part time and summer employment related to their academic specialization more difficult to secure. Employers have little time to devote to training; they want their new employees prepared to work and be productive. The Professional Internship program provides opportunity for students to fill the gap between academia and experience and a chance for employers to preview potential candidates for permanent employment.
Students who participate in the Internship program find that the experience broadens their perspectives and promotes a more mature outlook toward adaptation and change. Often, this involves their academic major and career objectives. The related work experience affords an appreciation of the work ethic and serves as a bridge between the academic world and the world of work. Students in Crop and Soil Sciences who have completed at least two academic years of study are eligible for the Internship program.
Industry representatives interview prospective interns and make their selections. A contractual agreement is completed by the faculty advisor, employer, and the student. In most cases, the intern will have to relocate for the program. Many students have worked in other states and some in foreign countries. Wages are always sufficient for the student to pay living expenses and the three credits of internship tuition. In some cases, the employer pays for the course credits.Students may earn 3 to 6 academic credits on a P/N basis, to be determined by the faculty advisor’s evaluation of the student’s performance.
The Internship program is a requirement for students in the Agronomic Sciences and Turfgrass Management programs.
Students enrolled in AT 293 or CSS 493 can use the Professional Internship eForms website to submit forms and reports electronically while on their Internship assignment.
For internship opportunities please see our listing of available internships
Posted on February 1, 2017 12:01am
Dr. Mary Hausbeck is a MSU distinguished professor and associate chairperson of the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences. Her research team is currently working to prevent and control downy mildew in cucumbers in Michigan.
Posted on January 31, 2017 11:05pm
Thousands of jobs in the STEM fields of food, energy and the environment are going unfilled in the U.S. today. These applied biological disciplines are vital to our national and global security and economy, but graduate too few students to meet current and projected workforce demands.
Posted on November 29, 2016 8:02am
Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year’s #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.
This fund provides support for scholarships, student club activities and alumni programming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The fund also underwrites the CANR Alumni Association’s Student Club Grant Program.
Posted on November 16, 2016 2:10am
Students in the sustainable agriculture and food systems minor (SAFS) through the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences gain real-world perspective in agriculture in a diverse classroom.
The program requires three courses, an Introduction to SAFS topics (CSS 124), a field studies course (CSS 224), and a project-driven capstone course (CSS 424). Three additional electives help students tailor the program to their area of interest.
Posted on November 15, 2016 6:22pm
Mackenzie Graham is the new graduate secretary for the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
Graham began her career at Michigan State University in September 2014 and transferred to her position at PSM in April 2016. Her work at MSU’s Product Center prepared her for a job in the PSM department. The Product Center works to improve economic opportunities in Michigan agriculture, food and natural resources.
Posted on October 12, 2016 9:37am
Dr. Amor Ines joined Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in 2015 as an assistant professor, continuing his work to help farmers in developing countries manage climate-related risks.
Dr. Ines and his team of researchers develop models for decision support in agriculture and water management. He works to understand the agricultural process and its relation to climate.
Posted on September 7, 2016 9:26am
As Michigan State University adopts a new scheduling system for the coming academic year, Susan Gruber, the new undergraduate advisor for the agronomy and turfgrass students (crop and soil sciences major), encourages students to make academic advising appointments a priority.
Posted on July 27, 2016 9:55am
Q&A with Timothy Leblanc
Freshman, Turfgrass Management – Golf, Institute of Agricultural Technology
Internship: Meadowbrook Country Club; Northville, MI
Posted on July 11, 2016 9:12am
Since 2003, IT Professional Cal Bricker has provided the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University technology support to faculty, staff and graduate students.
Bricker started his career at MSU as a research technician for soil fertility. His career as a researcher lasted for nearly 30 years before Bricker’s interest for computers turned into a career.
As a research technician, Bricker was introduced to the early age of computers. With little previous experience, Bricker soon purchased his own computer and taught himself.
Posted on June 15, 2016 10:16am
According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide and a significant driver of global climate change.