Internships & Career Information
Internships play an integral role in the SFBS curriculum. The two required internships within the SFBS Program provide students with experiential learning and networking opportunities to successfully embark upon a career related to food systems work. The first internship (SFBS 298: Towne's Harvest Practicum) is an on-campus internship that takes place at Towne's Harvest Garden (located on the MSU Horticulture Farm, adjacent to campus). The second internship (SFBS 498: SFBS Internship) is an off-campus internship that the student selects largely based upon their career goals and aspirations.
Careers for SFBS Majors:
Students receiving a Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) from Montana State University will be prepared for a variety of careers in the expanding arena of sustainable food, energy and agricultural systems.
Sustainable Crop Production Option
Graduates from this option find careers in conventional and organic farming; as crop production specialists and consultants; in pest management; in seed, fertilizer, and chemical industries; with banks and other lending institutions; and as managers or coordinators of CSAs and local food organizations. Other career opportunities exist in the Cooperative Extension Service, state and federal agencies, and private or nonprofit organizations.
Sustainable Food Systems Option
Graduates from this option are prepared for careers in community nutrition, community food security, public health, Extension education, food and nutrition policy and education, food enterprise, culinary arts and management, community supported agriculture, food processing, food marketing, retailing and distribution.
Graduates from this option find careers in environmental industries and consulting firms that solve problems associated with agroecosystems or agricultural practices; government jobs in environmental management and policy making; agricultural industry positions associated with precision agriculture, pest management, general agronomy, and information services. Students will be prepared for graduate training that leads to independent research in basic and applied ecology, environmental biology, cropping systems, precision agriculture, ecologically-based pest management, or weed science.
Sustainable Livestock Production Option
Graduates from this option are prepared for careers in both the production and allied industries associated with animal agriculture. The degree will also prepare the student for opportunities in extension and graduate work.