Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources

The Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources offers opportunities for supervised study, experiential learning and travel in plant science, general agriculture, natural resources management, veterinary health technology, agricultural engineering technology, agribusiness, geography and geology. Students must meet course prerequisites and have departmental approval to participate and receive applicable course credit for the internship. Students enrolling in travel opportunities may be eligible for departmental or university stipends to pay part of the expenses. Please refer to each entry for specific information on stipends, scholarships and credit hours.

 

PLSC 420 or AGRI 420 – Supervised Field Experience in Plant Science

The emphasis of this internship experience is on crop operations, landscape management, golf course management and/or related plant science industries. Grades will be determined by joint evaluations from professional and academic supervisors.

  • 4 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: junior standing
  • Stipends are set by internship hosts and not guaranteed
  • Application deadlines are set by internship hosts, but are usually open until filled
  • Examples of previous internship hosts
    • DuPont Pioneer
    • Crop Production Services
    • Jimmy Sanders
    • Winfield Solutions
    • Jackson Generals
    • Long Cove Club
    • UT Extension
    • Mississippi State University
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    • Jackson Country Club
    • Humboldt Country Club
    • Monsanto
    • Wheat Tech, Inc.
    • Helena
    • Congressional Country Club
    • Augusta National Golf Club
    • Memphis Redbirds
    • Shoal Creek Golf Club

PLSC 420 or AGRI 420 Contact information:

NRM 420 – Supervised Field Experience in Natural Resources Management

This supervised experience cooperates with approved university biological stations, governmental agencies and private enterprises at off-campus locations. Students are required to submit a term paper describing the application of resource management techniques while on the job. Joint evaluations by professional and academic supervisors will be conducted.

  • 3 credit hours for one semester or 4 credit hours for two semesters
  • Prerequisite: instructor’s approval
  • Stipends are set by internship hosts; positions may be paid or volunteer and may include room and board, travel reimbursement, etc.
  • Application deadlines are set by internship hosts but are usually open until filled.
  • Examples of previous internship hosts
    • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
    • Tennessee State Parks
    • US Fish and Wildlife Services
    • USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
    • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • National Park Service
    • US Forest Service
    • University of Tennessee
    • Disneyland Animal Kingdom
    • Discovery Center of America
    • Quail Forever

NRM 420 Contact information:

VET 490 Internship in Animal Technology

This opportunity is a four-week, full-time work experience with an animal-related facility. Students work with faculty members to secure positions in general-practice veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, research facilities and specialty animal clinics where they can observe and participate in a variety of veterinary procedures.

  • 3 credit hours for one semester or 6 credit hours for two semesters
  • Prerequisite: senior standing
  • Stipends are set by internship hosts and are not guaranteed.
  • Examples of previous internship hosts
    • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
    • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Memphis Veterinary Specialists
    • Nashville Veterinary Specialists
    • BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital
    • Tennessee Equine Hospital

VET 490 Contact information:

AGET 480 or AGRI 420 – Supervised Field Experience in Agriculture Engineering Technology

Students in this course work for a business or agency with an emphasis on agricultural engineering technology or a related industry. Students are responsible for finding a cooperating employer and having the arrangement approved by a faculty adviser before beginning the internship. Joint evaluations by professional and academic supervisors will be conducted.

  • 3 credit hours
  • Stipends are set by internship hosts and are not guaranteed.
  • Application deadlines are set by internship host, but are usually open until filled.
  • Examples of previous internship hosts
    • Greenway Equipment
    • Winfield Solutions
    • H&R AgriPower
    • Case New Holland
    • Tennessee Tractor
    • Farm Bureau
    • Farm Credit Services
    • Mid-South Co-op
    • Tyson Foods
    • Jimmy Sanders, Inc.
    • Monsanto

AGET 480 or AGRI 420 Contact information:

AGEC 444 – Practicum in Agribusiness or AGRI 420 – Supervised Field Experience in Agribusiness

This course offers field research and/or work experience related to the agribusiness industry and focuses on a variety of topics, including agribusiness management, marketing and financial management. Students completing this internship are expected to present their research findings and experiential activities to faculty, peers and agribusiness professionals. An emphasis is placed on problem-solving and the ability to effectively communicate solutions to agricultural stakeholders. Students will work with faculty members to secure an appropriate placement to meet course requirements.

  • 3 credit hours
  • Prerequisite: instructor approval
  • Stipends are set by internship hosts and are not guaranteed.
  • Application deadlines are set by internship hosts, but are usually open until filled.
  • Examples of past internship hosts
    • Tennessee Farmers Co-op
    • Crop Production Services
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development
    • Farm Credit Services
    • UT Extension
    • Tosh Farms
    • Tyson Foods
    • State Farm Insurance
    • Monsanto
    • Helena
    • AgriGold
    • Tennessee Farm Bureau
    • University of Tennessee Agriculture Institute
    • First State Bank

AGEC 444 Contact information:

GEOG 444 – Geography Internship

This course provides advanced geography or meteorology students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in a particular branch of their chosen concentrations. Specific assignments are arranged in consultation with an adviser during the semester preceding the internship, and course performance is based on specific academic and work assignments. Grades will be determined based on academic performance and a work evaluation submitted by the job supervisor. This course can only be taken once.

  • 3 – 9 credit hours; no more than 6 applied towards the degree
  • Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of supervising instructor
  • Stipends are set by individual hosts and are not guaranteed.
  • Application deadlines are set by internship hosts but are usually open until filled.
  • Past Internship Hosts
    • National Weather Service, Memphis Forecast Office
    • Northwest Tennessee Economic Development District
    • Weakley County Emergency Management
    • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
    • WBBJ – TV Jackson, Tennessee
    • WKRN – TV Nashville, Tennessee
    • WMC – TV, Memphis, Tennessee
    • WHBQ – TV, Memphis, Tennessee
    • WPSD – TV, Paducah, Kentucky

GEOG 444 Contact information:

GEOL 475 – Travel Studies in Geology

Travel study opportunities examine the geology and geologic history of a given locale and are open to students in all majors. Travel sites vary each year and may include domestic and international destinations. Students will participate in pre- and post-travel meetings to include lectures, discussion groups and independent topic research, which are used in conjunction with field study activities. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses, fees, personal health and life insurance, and other expenses which may be required by the semester’s topic of study. Students enrolling in travel opportunities may be eligible for departmental or university stipends to pay part of the expenses and should consult with the UT Martin Center for International Education to determine if this is the case. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • 1 – 4 credit hours; no more than 4 credit hours may be counted toward requirements for major or minor
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Past locales
    • Iceland
    • Puerto Rico
    • Chesapeake Bay area
    • Belize
    • Seattle, Washington

GEOL 475 Contact information: