The Purdue Agricultural Communication program recognizes the value of experiential learning that can occur with preapproved, supervised internships.
Our students engage in a variety of internships with a wide range of employers - from full-service communication firms, to state agencies, to agricultural companies, and many more. Our students have had internships with B & A Genetics, Indiana Farm Bureau, the USDA, RFD-TV, Indiana Forage Council, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and more.
Not every work experience meets the requirements for internship credit. The rest of this page describes the process Purdue Agricultural Communication students must follow to earn internship credit.
Internships for Purdue credit will appear on your transcript as ASEC 49100 (AGCM Internship). Credit is variable.
The number of credits earned for your internship will be based on:
The prerequisite for earning Purdue credit for an internship is a grade of C or better in ASEC 15200 (or YDAE 15200 prior to fall 2019).
To be considered for credit for an internship, each student must submit the following to the Purdue Internship Advisor (in most cases, Kevin Leigh Smith) before the internship begins:
During the internship, students must satisfactorily complete the work their supervisors assign.
In addition, students must email a weekly reflection/report to the Purdue Internship Advisor. This reflection/report should:
Students must satisfactorily complete these weekly reflections/reports on time to earn credit for the internship.
Near the conclusion of the internship, the Purdue Internship Advisor will ask the internship supervisor to evaluate the student intern's performance with a Purdue Agricultural Communication Intern Evaluation Form. The Internship Advisor will send the form directly to the supervisor.
Sample Evaluation Form (1MB) PDF
The student intern also must write a final reflection/report that is roughly 500-750 words long. As with the weekly updates, this final reflection/report should focus more on personal and professional development and how the students will apply what they've learned beyond their internships.
The internship employer may provide wages, reimbursement for travel, or other expenses while the student is on the internship. These arrangements are to be agreed upon by the internship employer and the student intern. Whether an internship is paid or not will have no bearing on determining course credit or grades. Students will work out all compensation agreements with their employers.
Purdue University and its agents are not liable for any workplace accidents or issues that occur during an internship.