Agricultural Sciences students focus on their interests while gaining practical experience through the internship requirement. Explore possibilities through reading the AgSci Interns Blog. To understand the requirement, read the information below and contact the coordinator with questions.
What is an internship?
An internship is supervised practical work experience in research or a professional situation. An Agricultural Sciences internship is designed as an opportunity for students to explore an area of interest, apply their coursework to real-world, real-time problems, network with agricultural professionals, and build their resumes. Our preference is to see the connection between your studies and your career plans. Academic credit is granted for internship work; one credit for 45 hours of work. An internship may be paid or unpaid. Students can receive academic credit and get paid during their internship.
When will I do my internship?
Most students do their internship sometime between the end of their sophomore year and the beginning of their senior year. You may do your internship during the semester or during a break.
How do I get an internship?
You may secure an internship by applying for an advertised summer job/internship or research assistantship, or by designing your own internship in partnership with an organization or individual who agrees to be your supervisor.
- Identify an area of interest in agriculture. Review the Internship Files at the Career Development Office (CDO) and job postings online or in print publications. If you would like help preparing your application and resume, make an appointment with the CDO.
- Identify an area of interest in agriculture and several organizations or individuals who are working in that area. Identify two or three learning goals, then approach the organization/individual with your ideas and ask if they are willing to supervise your internship.
Must I apply for academic credit?
Yes. All Agricultural Sciences students are required to earn at least one credit for internship work (AGSCI 4960) in order to graduate.
What do I need to do to get credit for my internship?
- Arrange your internship with your employer/supervisor.
- Secure a faculty supervisor.
- Communicate with the coordinator who will direct you in the process of submitting the learning agreement and CALS credit form. Forms must be completed before beginning work.
- Complete a final project or report.
How do I request academic credit?
Work with the coordinator. An online form is required.
Can I earn more than one credit for my internship?
Yes. If you are doing you internship during a fall or spring semester, you may apply for one credit for every 45 hours of work that you do for your internship. If you do the bulk of your internship work over the summer and will only be finishing your reporting/documentation in the fall, you will only be able to apply for ONE internship credit in that fall semester. If you choose to pay for summer session credit, you may apply for more credits, in the case of a summer-only internship.
How do I find a faculty supervisor?
After you have secured your internship, notify the coordinator who will suggest faculty members to approach about being your supervisor. With an increasing number of students asking select faculty, we want to make sure that no one faculty member is being overloaded and that the faculty member is able to approve university credit hours. If you have someone in mind, please let us know. Please note, your internship faculty supervisor can not be your academic advisor. We want you to get to know other faculty at Cornell who share your interests and can write you letters of recommendation and support you in your future job search.
What is the learning agreement?
The learning agreement is a document explaining the arrangement between you, your internship supervisor, and your faculty supervisor. It clearly defines your job descriptions, learning (educational) goals, and facilitates clear communication about expectations for all involved.
What are my options for the final project or report?
Discuss with your faculty supervisor first, as they will be approving your credit. You may also consult the coordinator. Previous students have blogged, written papers, reports, journals, and conducted presentations