College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Internships must be approved in advance...

 

How do I earn credit and a grade for ENSP386?

First, secure an internship!  Then, identify a faculty member to serve as your Faculty Sponsor.  This person may be your faculty advisor for your ENSP concentration, but may also be a faculty member that specializes in your area of interest.  Identify this person early in the process!

After you complete and submit an Internship Proposal, it is reviewed by ENSP.  Once approved, you will be placed into ENSP386 for three (3) credits.    Keep in mind that ENSP386 is not an actual "course."  Students earn credit by completing their internship activity, by meeting periodically with their faculty sponsor, and by completing all components of the Internship Portfolio:

  • A 10-12 page academic research paper with an annotated bibliography
  • A record of hours worked, i.e., your “time sheets,” with days/hours clearly marked and totaled.  You need at least 120 hours on-site to earn 3 academic credits.
  • A weekly reflection journal (guidelines below)
  • An evaluation from your site supervisor (see last page of this packet). 
  • A newly-updated resume that now includes your internship experience.

Your Faculty Sponsor will assign a final grade based on the high quality of your Internship Portfolio.  A complete packet should be submitted in hard-copy format, in a folder.

Note: many students tend to do an internship during the summer and enroll in ENSP386 the following fall semester where they meet with their faculty sponsor.

 

If you plan to earn academic credit...

...and classes are in session:

  1. Download and read the Internship Proposal and Checklists for Success.
  2. Complete the ENSP386 Proposal cover sheet by hand.  Attach additional, typed pages that include your personal and academic goals, potential paper topic and example sources, and resume.
  3. Optional -- Meet with Angela for review/feedback before meeting with your faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor.  In particular, we'll review your scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources (link is external)and be sure that you have tied the content of your internship to your concentration (usually, by choosing an appropriate paper topic).  We'll also verify that you’ve accounted for your hours, that your resume is in good shape; and answer remaining questions.
  4. Hand-carry your your completed proposal to your faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor for discussion and approval (signatures). 
  5. If you have an out-of-town internship, you can send your proposal to your on-site supervisor and ask him/her to e-mail Angela with the statement: "I have read (your name's) internship proposal; and I agree to supervise (your name) and complete an internship evaluation."
  6. Bring the completed and signed, hard-copy proposal to the ENSP Office, 0220 SYM. You may slide it under Angela's door if she's not available.
  7. Angela will collate everything for final review by Dr. Sullivan.
  8. Once final approval is given, Angela will register you for ENSP386 and send e-mail confirmation.

...and if exams have concluded - and you have left campus:

  1. Download and read the Internship Proposal and Checklists for Success.
  2. Complete the cover sheet ==> the three signature lines should appear at the bottom of page 1.
  3. Answer the remaining questions on separate pages.
  4. E-mail everything to your faculty advisor and site supervisor.
  5. Use “INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL – (Your Name)” in your Subject Heading and copy Angela on all messages (abm13@umd.edu).
  6. Ask your faculty advisor and site supervisor to e-mail Angela with the statement: "I have have read (your name's) internship proposal; and I agree to supervise (your name) and complete an internship evaluation."
  7. Angela will collate everything for final review by Dr. Sullivan.
  8. Once final approval is given, Angela will register you for ENSP386 and send e-mail confirmation.

 

Deadlines for submitting your internship proposals:

  • June 15 -- summer internships, for credit to be awarded in the summer or fall. Please make an effort to submit your paper work before leaving campus, if possible.
  • September 10 -- fall internships, for credit to be awarded in the fall.
  • February 4 -- spring internships, for credit to be awarded in the spring.

Please contact Angela in advance if you foresee a late proposal, e.g., your on-site supervisor is out of town so can't review and approve your proposal; you got an "auto-reply" from your faculty advisor indicating s/he is off-campus and away from e-mail.

  • Proposals submitted later than two weeks into the start of the internship will be approved on a case-by-case basis only and approval is not guaranteed.  Please include a carefully-prepared explanation of your situation together with your proposal.

And don’t feel badly about e-mailing Angela to “check up” on your supervisor or faculty advisor, to be sure s/he sent your approval, as promised!

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