Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Agricultural Science Agricultural Industry Practicum

CSU's Bachelor of Agricultural Science Industry practicum program prepares students for a future role as a leader in the agricultural industry by ensuring they receive industry relevant technical skills, professional skills and experience during their university studies.

How does it work?

In the final year of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, students divide their time between professional development training on the Wagga Wagga campus and working in Industry beside a mentor as they develop their job readiness for a part of the Industry where they have a career interest.

Students are in the driving seat - developing their own plans and pathways for professional development in both technical and generic skill areas.

CSU invites organisations to participate in a program designed to skill and grow the Agricultural Industry's professionals of tomorrow.  By hosting these final year students we (CSU and the Ag Industry) can expose them to a range of people, experiences and opportunities that can't be provided in the classroom alone.

  • The Year Before
  • The Practicum Year
  • After Practicum Year

The Year Before

  • Three years of training in all aspects of agriculture - pure science to applied study
  • Training in problem solving and generic academic skills
  • Identify career interests and developmental needs with lecturers
  • Present CV and cover letter to prospective hosts, consult with a mentor

The Practicum Year

February - March
  • Students develop their individual learning plans
  • Training to prepare for entry into a professional setting
  • Study of complementary subjects
April - August
(typical period of placement - adjusted for out-of-season activities)
  • Students build technical and generic skills and experiences in line with their individual professional development plan and workplace activities with the support of their mentor and lecturers
  • Encouraged reflection on learnings via assessment activities
  • Development of a professional network via mentor and workplace contacts and by carrying out a social research project
September - October
  • Consolidation of learnings via submission of assessments
  • Development of communication skills via student presentations of research findings
  • Completion of study for complementary subjects

After Practicum Year

Out into the world with a highly relevant work experience and skills, a professional network and an ability to problem solve and view issues systematically