Background Image Alternative Text: Naomi Taylor traveled to Malawi to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. An environmental economics and management major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, she helped the FAO assess the outcomes of irrigation techniques that had been introduced to small farmers in the wake of a 2005 drought.

Co-Ops

Short for "Cooperative Education Program," co-ops allow students to gain experience with a paid full-time position in their field for three alternating semesters (one work semester, one school semester, etc.). The Cooperative Education Program Office is located at 335 McCain Hall and can be reached at 662-325-3823 or Coop@career.msstate.edu

More on Co-Op

Background Image Alternative Text: Mercedes Mendez at U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program

Internships

Boost your resume with paid or unpaid positions. Academic departments work with students to find internships in their field during a normal semester or for the summer. MSU's Career Center is also a great resource for professional internships and the place to start for the Disney College Program!

Internships with the Career Center

Companies
our students have worked with

Our students have gained professional experience through co-ops and internships with many prestigious companies and organizations. This list is just a snapshot of the great opportunities given to our students:

  • Professional sports organizations
  • NASA
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Adidas
  • National Park Service
  • St. Jude 
  • Hood Industries
  • Green Bay Packaging
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • John Starr Memorial Forest
  • DOW Chemical
  • International Paper
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Shipt 
  • Huntington Ingalls
  • Disney College Program
  • Uber
  • Kate Spade
  • Prada
  • U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program
  • Chewy

Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it. Hear from students that have gained real world experience through experiential learning!

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Abby Florez

Major: Wildlife, Fisheries, & Aquaculture

I joined the Student Conservation Association as a way to apply to a bunch of summer internships at once. I was accepted to work for the National Park Service on Cumberland Island National Seashore in St. Marys, GA as a Wildlife Management Intern. The work I did there aided in the Sea Turtle Recovery program on the East Coast. Overall, my responsibility was to monitor and protect endangered sea turtles during the nesting and hatching season. At the end of my internship, I had marked 1,007 nests. I was lucky enough to have a great boss and be able to live on a remote island for an entire summer. It was an incredible experience to be able to get so close to such gentle creatures.

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Meka Clark

Major: Electrical Engineering

I learned about the Honda Manufacturing plant while I was at the MSU career fair. I knew the company made cars, lawn mowers, and other equipment. However, I didn't know the processes behind such. Working at Honda was truly eye opening. The workers were very friendly and helpful. I learned a lot, and I believe the company has superb values that they follow.