"The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative is an exceptional program. Working with the staff and students has been a highlight in our business venture." Jolene Pisel, Jokirs Wild Beef
“The students in AgEI’s Semester Inc. program brought fresh ideas and were able to bring real value to our organization. We empowered them to participate and have a voice in our startup team, while also encouraging them to own projects, deliverables and share feedback during team meetings.” Casey Niemann, AgriSync
Work with student talent to complete your project
The Semester, Inc. Internship program is offered in collaboration with businesses. The program offers students the opportunity to work with participating companies on an innovation project in product, business or market development. Small teams of students work for one semester as interns researching markets, developing product plans, conducting feasibility studies, or whatever task is necessary to assist participating firms in their product, marketing, and business development goals. The teams of interns for each project are structured as an entrepreneurial team, accountable to the staff at AgEI as well as the participating businesses. The Semester, Inc. program allows students to take part in an entrepreneurial project during the course of the academic year. The projects are typically structured for 12 weeks, with students working 10 to 15 hours per week for the duration of the project.
Past projects have included the development of a feasibility study on a potential new fertilizer business, the creation of a business plan for a $3.5 million feed business opportunity, and a logistics assessment for an agricultural input business.