CSU, Chico

11th Annual College of Ag Career and Internship Fair Connects Students, Employers

11th Annual College of Ag Career and Internship Fair Connects Students, Employers

The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted its 11th annual Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 19 at the University Farm Pavilion. Thirty nine companies attended the event to recruit students. Foster Farms, J.G. Boswell, The Lyman/Tremont Group, The Morning Star Company, Rabobank and Wilbur Ellis were among the event’s gold sponsors. Alltech, American Ag Credit, E& J Gallo, Farm Credit West, Gallo Sales Company, Harris Moran Seed, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Simplot, Sustainable Seed Co. and Tanimura & Antle were silver sponsors of the event. 

Hundreds of students from Chico State as well as Butte College and Shasta College attended the career fair to network with the attending companies and look for jobs and internships. Entry-level jobs and internships were offered for a broad range of career pathways, including animal science, plant science, agriculture business, marketing and others.

Graduating senior Ashley Pipkin attended her second agriculture career and internship fair this year. “The agriculture industry is without a doubt an incredible field to get involved in,” she said. “Last year was my first year at the career fair and it was at first intimidating, but this year it was great to come back being more familiar with companies and to say hello to some familiar faces. Giving students the opportunity to promote themselves professionally before graduating is huge in ensuring the success of our graduates.”

Senior animal science major Cain Madrigal said, “Last year I made lasting connections at the career fair. A lot of the companies there have successful CSU, Chico College of Ag graduates and are connected with faculty and staff, so they’re excited to meet and talk with us. Last year I was able to get a summer internship with Harris Ranch after talking with them at the career fair.  It was a life-changing experience, and it couldn’t have happened if I didn’t go to the career fair.”   

February 25, 2014