The internship program benefits the Institute's MBA students in a variety of ways. For students who enter directly from an undergraduate program, an internship provides valuable work experience and an introduction to potential employers. Many students have been able to turn their internships into promising career opportunities. Some students use the internship as a way of specializing in an area such as marketing, operations management, and finance.
Internships also provide a chance for students to apply their classroom education in a professional work environment, reinforcing the importance of the methods taught in class. Most importantly, an internship helps the student start the process of developing important industry contacts for the future. The Food & Agribusiness Institute works with each student to identify the internship that meets the student's career objectives.
By working with SCU's Career Services and the Institute's extensive network of industry contacts, specific companies and even specific executives can be identified as potential employers. The California Beef Council, Harris Moran Seed Company, Ingomar Packing, and the USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service are among the many companies and institutions that have sponsored Food & Agribusiness Institute internships.