College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Internships & Careers

 How do students get academic credit for internships?

There are three different options available for ANSC students to gain academic credit for internships. To learn more about each option, including detailed instructions on how to enroll in the indicated courses, click on the link provided.

Students interested in finding out more about earning academic credit for an internship should contact Dr. Monica VanKlompenberg, our ANSC Internship Coordinator.

1. ANSC389 or ANSC399 - Credits will count as general electives, not towards any specific ANSC requirement.

2. ANSC359 - Credits can count as in-major Scholarship in Practice (General Education requirement), as well as 3-credits of Advanced ANSC Elective requirement. **Important note: Students can only use ANSC359 to satisfy 3 credits of the Advanced ANSC Elective requirement. Even if you take ANSC359 for more than 3 credits, it can only count towards 3 credits of the Advanced ANSC Elective.

3. UNIV099 - A non-credit course which provides transcript verification of your internship without a tuition charge. Most often used for summer internships or when the internship provider requires the student be enrolled for credit during the internship period.

There are a few additional factors to keep in mind when a student wants to get credit for an internship.

  • Regardless of which option is used to get credit, there has to be an academic product that is produced from the internship. The student can't just get credit for being an intern. The product must be something like a research paper or a presentation about some aspect of the internship.
  • Students must get credit for an internship the semester they are doing it. This means if you are doing a summer internship and want academic credit for it, you have to register for those credits at UMD during the summer.


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

  • Get some ideas from browsing the ANSC internship opportunities page.
  • READ the emails that are sent to the ANSC and AGNR listservs. This is the primary way that the most current internship and job opportunities are posted!
  • College of AGNR website features jobs and internships with an agricultural focus.
  • Visit the University Career Center! 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 ANSC Faculty laboratories:

  • Start by visiting the ANSC 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 ANSC 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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