Developing employer connections is an important responsibility for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). By forming relationships with employers, we can connect them to our faculty who can better communicate industry requests to our students. We also work closely with the UGA Career Center as they prepare students to fill employment positions. However, making the link between employers and our students is not always as simple as it may seem.
As an employer, it is often more beneficial for you to communicate directly with the college and departments about hiring CAES students. If you are an employer interested in connecting with students in one of our undergraduate majors or masters and Ph.D. programs regarding internships or full-time employment, we want to help bridge that gap.
Contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (706) 542-1611 to discuss how we can serve you.
Ways to make a connection:
- Consider making a visit to campus to speak to one of our classes or at our SLICE (Student Leaders Interested in Career Exploration) program which meets monthly. Our office can assist in setting up a visit for you.
- Brainstorm opportunities for you to build your brand with our students and share them with us. We can also help give you ideas.
Annual Career Fair
Over 290 students attend the University of Georgia Food, Agricultural, Environmental, and Sciences Career and Internship Fair every year. Employers will have with an opportunity to interact with College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty over lunch prior to the fair.
Employers can register via hireUGA's registration form.
Hire an Ag Dawg
If you're an employer interested in hiring from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, let us help you!
UGA's Online Job Board
Post employment and internship opportunities via the UGA online job board Handshake, a free comprehensive resource that will allow you to advertise your open positions, connect with our students, register for career fairs and schedule interviews. UGA students and alumni have exclusive access to Handshake to search for career, internship opportunities and receive personalized recommendations based on their skill sets, strengths and indicated interests.
If you have questions or need additional information about Handshake, please email Debi Grayson.
Interested in developing a formal internship program?
Check out the UGA Career Center's Internship Guide.
While not all of our departments require their students to complete a structured internship, most strongly encourage it as a mechanism to explore career opportunities. Internships should be more than part-time jobs; they should give students a well-rounded experience in all aspects of the company, and the employer, an opportunity to closer evaluate the student as a potential employee.
CAES students have a tremendous skill set including outstanding academic preparedness, work ethic, “down-to-earth” personalities and developed interpersonal communication skills. Many have opportunities for multiple internships, therefore making your position as attractive as possible is necessary to find the best candidates.
It helps to develop a flyer or website with information about your company as well as responsibilities for the intern position so that we have something to share with our students. Promotional material for your internships should include: compensation, work hours, location, expected duties, length of internship and contact information. A successful internship will result in students returning to campus and sharing their positive experience with others. Contact us today if we can help connect your company to our students.