This summer, forest wildlife management senior Brody Capps completed a 12-week internship with Rayonier Forestry out of their Lufkin, Texas, office. Rayonier is one of the largest private landowners in the U.S., and owns, leases or manages approximately 2.6 million acres of highly-productive timberlands in the U.S. and New Zealand to supply timber to a wide variety of markets including pulp, paper, lumber, renewable energy production and other wood products.
What where your duties as an intern?
I was able to be a part of many projects throughout my 12 weeks as an intern. Some of the tasks I completed include various compliance checks, flagging boundary lines and streamside management zones, cruising timber, conducting one year seedling survival checks, conducting site-prep checks and establishing permanent research plots.
Was this experience beneficial to your undergraduate career?
This internship experience has allowed me to apply what I have learned in my undergraduate career while exposing me to what a forest industry career is like. This internship has also been a great networking experience that I believe would have never happened without this opportunity.
What was your favorite part about the internship?
I definitely enjoyed being exposed to a large variety of Rayonier’s forestry applications and seeing the similarities and differences from what I have learned in the past.
How did you learn about the internship?
I was told about this internship by one of my academic advisors. I highly recommend pursuing an internship during your college career, even if it is not what you think you want to do once you graduate. Any experience you get and any opportunity you have to meet new people is, in my opinion, far more important than trying to finish school as quickly as possible.