College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science

Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

How do students get academic credit for internships? (NFSC386 or NFSC498A)

There are opportunities available for NFSC students to gain academic credit for internships. Here are the things you need to do.

  1. Identify an NFSC faculty (usually is your advisor) member to be their sponsor. This is the person who will review the final scholarly product and give the student a grade.
  2. Discuss with the faculty member what the expectations for the scholarly product will be, and make sure both parties agree.
  3. Determine how many credit hours the student will work. The approximate calculation (based on a normal UMD semester length) is 5 hours per week per credit
  4. Faculty member has to send a request email to Sara Kao and then students will be given permission to register for the designated faculty member's specific section.

You should discuss the info below with your advisor:

1. List your specific job responsibilities

2. What do you expect to learn from this experience? How does this apply to your career goals?

3. When and how will your performance be evaluated at your internship site?

4. Describe the academic component of the experience (paper, journal, research, etc.)


How can I find information on student internships/jobs? 
Resources and internship listings:

  • Get some ideas from browsing the NFSC internship opportunities page.
  • READ the emails that are sent to the NFSC and AGNR listservs. This is the primary way that the most current internship and job opportunities are posted!
  • College of AGNR website(link is external) features jobs and internships with an agricultural focus.
  • Visit the University Career Center(link is external)! They have extensive listings of a variety of internships, as well as holding workshops and career fairs.
  • Your advisor can be a good resource on jobs and internships. Make an appointment with them to talk about your career aspirations; at the very least they can point you in the right direction.

For research opportunities in NFSC Faculty laboratories:

  • Start by visiting the NFSC Faculty Directory.
  • Choose a faculty member and click on their name to be taken to their bio page and read about their areas of research, and the work being done in their lab. If the information on their bio page interests you, you can contact these professors by email in order to learn more about their projects and if they are currently looking to hire students.
  • If you want to do research with one of the NFSC professors, you should know that professors often choose their research students months in advance, so get started talking to professors early!


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