Internship Program

The Internship Program: A Major SA&FS Selling Point

SA&FS students know that learning extends beyond the classroom, and that education can not only be gained from a textbook, but also from an experience. The eight-unit internship requirement ensures that our students get out there and learn by doing, while providing them with an opportunity to engage in the professional world!


What you must know:

  • 1 internship unit=30 hours. Internship units are calculated to the nearest hour rounded down (i.e. if you complete 36 hours, it counts as 1 unit).
  • Of the eight units of internship, four units should be completed off-campus or as advanced status. If you have questions about the advanced status criteria or are unable to complete the four off-campus hours, please speak to your PIC or Track Advisor.
  • In order to complete the internship, you need a Faculty Sponsor to oversee you. The Faculty Sponsor must be a full-time professor, so check their titles and make sure! Proper etiquette on requesting a faculty sponsor can be found in the Internship Completion Packet.
  • You have until the last day of registration of the Quarter you are interning
    for, to receive a CRN and complete the SAFS Internship Completion Packet.
    *You are not required to only have a SAFS 92/192 CRN. It can be EDU 92/192, NUT
    92/192, etc…

Download the SA&FS Internship Completion Packet here!


What you should know:

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Host: The person overseeing your internship at the physical location of the internship. This person might be the restaurant owner, the manager of the dairy, a state legislate, or an owner of a farm. This person is who you report to in your internship. Upon completion of your internship, the host will also sign off on your time log.

Faculty Sponsor: The person who shares a field of interest in your internship. They will provide your CRN, recive the reflections and other paperwork, and submit the P/NP grade.

Track Advisor: You will only see your Track Advisor if you are unable to get a CRN from a Faculty Sponsor, or if you are concerned whether or not your internship is SA&FS related.

Peer Internship Coordinator: The person overseeing internship meetings and answering all your questions! This is your first point of contact and is the person here to support you in the day-to-day requirements.

    • Current Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC): Liz Hernandez, elihernandez@ucdavis.edu, Check out the Bi-Weekly Beet for office hours or email PIC
    • Interested in being the next PIC? Please contact Liz or click here for more information!

What you might be interested to know:

Internships are there to encourage you to immerse yourself in the different components of the food system.

The hope is that by the end of your internship, you will have high proficiency in being able to:

  • Develop a plan and attempt to implement it
  • Document activities and achievements (whether individual or collaborative)
  • Communicate effectively with those providing or expecting support in the internship
  • Reflect, both through written and oral expression, meaningfully on the experience by developing awareness of what's been learned and where there’s still room for growth

Enough of an introduction! Go explore! Once you find what you’re looking for, cc the PIC on your emails to Intern Hosts.

Sample Internships

Past internships to help you find the perfect internship.

If a particular internship sparks your interest, e-mail the contact person listed (with a cc to your peer advisors)

and see if the position is currently available!

Forms and Documents:

  • If you are interested in being the next PIC, contact the current PIC for more information and to receive the application.

Useful Links

UC Davis' Sustainability Website: Food and Agriculture

General information on internships through study abroad programs

The Internship and Career Center