Sunday, November 12, 2006

OSU Agronomy Club, Cultivating Our Knowledge One Internship at a Time.

Jenica Kohrs and Jenna Noah. Oklahoma State Univ, 368 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078

Undergraduate education at Oklahoma State Univ is comprised of classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory explorations, extracurricular activities, part-time employment in the students’ respective areas, and summer internship programs.  Summer internships are an excellent avenue for students wanting to expand their knowledge in a field and the industry that surrounds it.  Internships through the OSU Agronomy Club are helping students cultivate their knowledge and gain valuable experience prior to entering a specific field of employment.  Because the OSU Agronomy Club is composed of students from fifteen to twenty different majors and from four to six departments with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the foci of our internships vary greatly.  This diversity in our internships helps our students cultivate knowledge through sharing summer experiences with one another.  Traditional internships with crop consulting, pesticide development, and plant genetic companies are still available to our students, however, recent internship opportunities include pecan orchard management and land renovation/brush management.  The OSU Agronomy Club internship program is valuable to our students’ education by helping them cultivate their knowledge of the agricultural industry while helping to solve real-life problems.