Students will work with MAAE advisors to successfully land and complete a professional internship or research apprenticeship as part of the program requirements.The professional internship experience is typically completed the summer after coursework requirements are met. It could also be completed during the fall or spring semesters, or in the summer prior to the first fall semester of classes for the MAAE program. However, students may find the internship experience more enriching after having completed some, or all of their graduate coursework.

NGA team
National Growers Association team from 2019.

Program advisors will support students in their internship preparation, professional network building, and to identify opportunities, while students will be responsible for successfully interviewing, landing, and completing the internship.

Students should also talk to faculty, and use resources provided by Career Services at the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Career Center.

Plan to attend the the ACES and Business career fairs.

Chase Clausen
Student Chase Clausen at John Deere headquarters.

Examples of institutions and public and private organizations where past students have gotten internships:

  • International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • World Bank
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • (IITA) International Institute for Tropical Agriculture
  • Syngenta
  • Cobank
  • Valent
  • Lindsay, Inc.
  • Growmark
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Farm Credit
  • Granular
  • Bayer
  • Rabobank Agrifinance
  • Pioneer
  • John Deere
  • Metlife
  • Soybean Innovation Lab
  • Tear Fund UK
  • ADM
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • The Hershey Company
  • The Quaker Oats Company
  • Kellogg’s
Katelyn Earthington at her Bayer internship.