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The Internship Program-a major SA&FS selling point

Why is SA&FS unique? Because we know that learning takes place outside of the classroom. We understand that an education is gained from more than just the textbooks. So we require you to get out there! 360 hours or 12 units of “out-there-ness” to be exact.


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 12 units of internship, six units or more may be completed off-campus; six units or fewer may be completed on-campus (unless the internship can be designated as Advanced by the following criteria: see also the SAF 092/192 Approval Form 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: The person overseeing your internship on-campus. This person is a full time faculty member at UCD whose work is aligned with your internship goals. This person is who monitors your progress throughout the internship and submits your grade at the end.

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): Vanessa Lovel,, OH: T 11-12:30 and R 1:00-2:30, 2324 Hart



I want to do an internship but I know nothing!

Visit the Internship Page on our website.

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 could know:

Or watch our Internship Prezi here.

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

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