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COINS student presentation during 2022 CALS experience event

COINS presentation during 2022 CALS experience event

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics: Gateway for  innovative academia and industry partnerships 

Our partners receive access to a pipeline of highly trained students that can help meet workforce, research, and project needs. In return, AAEC students have the opportunity to join successful companies who have made a comprehensive investment in both their education and futures.

Benefits for partnering industries:

  1. Career fair and talent pipeline
  2. Class, research, and/or capstone projects
  3. Externship, internship, co-op, fellowship, and sponsored/funded graduate students
  4. Recruitment/industry topic workshops
  5. Visit to campus and ag Extension centers in Virginia
  6. Conference room space for interviews
  7. Increase corporate visibility and brand recognition as a partner on AAEC website, social media, and newsletter
  8. Invitation to special events


Matthew T. Holt
Department Head

Corporate visits

Jan. 23, 2023: Smithfield Foods visits with faculty, staff, and students for a lunch and roundtable industry discussion 

The event was hosted by Commodity Investing by Students (COINS) and the Center for Agricultural Trade. 

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Additional links

  • AAEC newsroom and faculty
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences business and industry partners {more}
  • Link + License + Launch {more}