College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

How to earn credit for ENSP386

 Before you begin:  please read our INTERSHIP OVERVIEW, then follow the seven steps below.

 

1. Secure an internship!

 Search the ENSP website, Careers4Terps, the Office of Sustainability, and MORE!  

2.  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!

3.  Prepare your proposal

Use this Proposal Form & Coversheet.  You can refer to this Sample Proposal for ideas and inspiration!

Your proposal will include:

    • Coversheet
    • At least six academic and/or career objectives related to the content of the internship
    • Description of work activities
    • Proposed academic research topic AND three (3) examples of scholarly source materials for your term paper
    • Work committment (including minimal weekly time committment and total hours on-site)
    • An updated, 1-page resume
    • Consent & Release Form

 

4.  Submit your proposal

For the fall/spring, submit a completed hard copy proposal form to Angela in 0216 Symons Hall.  It should be stapled with a cover sheet and complete with signatures from your faculty advisor and on-site supervisor.  If and when your proposal is approved by ENSP, Angela will place you into ENSP386 for three (3) credits.  

See "SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL" section below for deadlines.

 

5. Complete the work for ENSP386 

Remember: ENSP386 is not an actual "course."  Students earn credit by completing their internship activity, by meeting periodically with their faculty sponsor during the semester, and by completing all components of the Internship Packet:

    • 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 in Checklist for Success)
    • An evaluation from your site supervisor. 
    • A newly-updated resume that now includes your internship experience.

Use the Checklist for Success to ensure you are successfully completing all requirements for the internship!

Your Faculty Sponsor will assign a final grade based on the high quality of your completed Internship Portfolio.  A complete packet should be submitted in hard-copy format, in a folder, and include the following documents:  your research paper and supporting documentation (weekly log, personal reflections, supervisor evaluation).

Deadlines for submitting the complete Internship Packet to your faculty sponsor:

    • December 1 (if earning credit in the fall) -or-
    • May 1 (if earning credit in the spring) 

6. THANK YOU

Be sure to write a thank-you note to your on-site supervisor!

7.  Update your resume

Although not required for credit, don’t forget to add your new experience to your resume!  Take advantage of the services offered by the Career Center for help in updating your resume.

 

 

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL:

If you're on campus:

  1. Download and read the Internship Proposal Form & Coversheet and Checklists for Success.
  2. Complete the ENSP386 Internship Proposal Form & Coversheet.  Your entire proposal should include:
    • Coversheet
    • At least six academic and/or career objectives related to the content of the internship
    • Description of work activities
    • Proposed academic research topic AND three (3) examples of scholarly source materials for your term paper
    • Work committment (including minimal weekly time committment and total hours on-site)
    • An updated, 1-page resume
    • Consent & Release Form
  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 (room 0216) if she's not available.
  7. Angela will collate everything for final review by the ENSP Director.
  8. Once final approval is given, Angela will register you for ENSP386 and send e-mail confirmation.

If you're off-campus: 

  1. Download and read the Internship Proposal and Checklists for Success.
  2. Complete the Internship Proposal  (coversheet, academic/career objectives,  research topic and sources, work committment, resume, consent form)
  3. FOR SIGNATURES:  Email ENTIRE PROPOSAL to your faculty advisor and on-site supervisor and ask them to contact Angela (be sure to copy her on the email!)
    • Use "INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL - (Your Name)" in your subject heading and copy Angela on all messages (abm13@umd.edu)
    • Ask your faculty advisor and site supervisor to email Angela with the statement "I have read (your name's) internship proposal; I agree to supervise (your name) and complete an internship evaluation."

Angela will collate everything for final review.  Once approved, Angela will register you for ENSP386 and send an email confirmation.

 

DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING 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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