There is nothing like real-world experience and students pursuing internships worldwide say, “Every day is different as an intern.” Focus on what you see yourself doing when your four-year degree is achieved. You will gain not only day-to-day work skills but also an understanding of the social and intellectual skills needed to manage the physical and human resources of commercial or public enterprises.
You might be working in a native plant nursery, building trails or managing crop production, or running educational programs for children. You might help develop a marketing program, make sales calls, monitor crop pests, or do cutting-edge research in a lab.
Plant Science majors intern in a multi-billion dollar enterprise and industry, and every student in Plant Science is required to do a three-credit internship.
Internship experiences can be in various forms and will differ from student to student. Some types of internships are research-based, where you work in a laboratory. Research assistantships are available in UF faculty labs, so contact the faculty directly in your area of interest. With a traditional, 40-hour work week, you could find yourself at large or small corporations, non-for-profits, government agencies, or professional associations. Internships generally last 10-12 weeks.
Emails from the Internship Coordinator, faculty, Academic Program Coordinator and postings on the Plant Science Facebook page and from the Dean's Office are some of the best ways to find out about internship opportunities. Or seek out other opportunities where you live in line with your area of focus or interest.