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 or more may be completed off-campus; four units or fewer may be completed on-campus (unless the internship can be designated as Advanced by the following criteria: see also the SAFS Internship Approval Packet)
  • Internships that are Beginner have 1–2 of the following criteria. Internships that are Advanced have at least 3 of the 4 following criteria. Please underline/highlight/circle which numbers you satisfy after deciding with your faculty sponsor or host.
    1. Intern uses advanced skills that have been developed through experience and that most students do not possess.
    2. Intern works with minimal supervision or makes important decisions independently.
    3. Intern’s responsibilities include teaching, training or supervising others (e.g., other students or visitors to campus)
    4. Intern designed the internship; the internship involves unique activities and responsibilities; and the student is developing specific advanced skills through the internship.
  • 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 here.

What you should know:


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.

Faculty Sponsor: Students are responsible for approaching their track advisor for internship approval and to receive internship credit. *After *meeting with their track advisor, the student should email Lacole Brooks to receive a CRN to earn unit credit for their internship (required). Note that the student's track advisor, not Lacole, is the person who will determine the Pass/No Pass grade. More information about this process can be found in the Internship Approval Packet.

Academic Advisor: The person overseeing the paperwork for your internship. This person works in the SA&FS advising office and provides you the CRN to enroll. This person makes sure your paperwork is in order for the successful completion of your internship.

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,, OH: M 11am-12pm, F 10am-12pm in 1139 PES
    • Interested in being the next PIC? Please contact Liz or click here for more information!


I want to do an internship but I know nothing!

Read the SA&FS Internship Checklist

Now I have some background, whom do I talk to?

Visit the office hours of the Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC).

I have an internship, but I don’t have a faculty sponsor, whom do I talk to?

Visit the office hours of the Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC).

I have some foundational questions about the work I’m doing, whom do I talk to?

Send your Faculty Sponsor an email, or visit their office hours.

I have a question about how many internship units I have left to complete my degree, whom do I talk to?

Send your SA&FS Peer Advisors an email, or visit their office hours.

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:

  • Interested in becoming the next PIC? Check out the Internship Application here!

Useful Links

UC Davis' Sustainability Website: Food and Agriculture

General information on internships through study abroad programs

The Internship and Career Center