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Industry Partnerships

Internships and co-ops provide a number of benefits to both employers and students, including:  

  • Having an opportunity to "try-out" prospective employees.
  • Providing pre-professional personnel who are relatively less expensive than professional staff, yet effective and highly motivated.
  • Meeting seasonal needs, releasing professional staff from work that can be delegated.
  • Attracting top students to your organization early in their college careers.
  • Working with students who understand the industry.

Steps for establishing internships and co-ops

The best experiences are ones in which both the company and student benefit.

To find the best available intern, follow these easy steps:

  1. Structure the internship to involve a variety of experiences (hands-on, observation of professionals at work, project management).
    1. Rotate an intern through various departments of your organization.
    2. Give the intern a project to complete by the end of the internship. Examples: examining current ag markets for various products; creating an improved dialogue with Spanish speaking laborers and orchard managers; and assisting with web site creation/maintenance.
  2. Internships are scheduled throughout the entire year, however, the majority occur during the student's summer vacation, from mid-May through August.
  3. Structure the internship with suitable pay rates -- preferably $10 to $15  per hour. Companies paying less usually assist interns with housing expenses.
  4. Help the intern find living arrangements by providing an apartment, finding one that accepts short-term leases, or seeking employees to provide housing. Decide whether your company will help pay part of that expense.
  5. Consider offering the intern reimbursement for travel costs to the site if it is a long distance from his/her home.
  6. Submit a short evaluation to give us your feedback. This will assist in improving future intern arrangements.