Internship Requirements

Who must complete an internship?

Internship Contract

Requirements and Next Steps


Who must complete an internship?

Students of the Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs (FANPP); Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE); and Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change (NICBC) programs must complete an internship as part of their degree requirements. Students in other programs in the Friedman School are not required to complete an internship, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Students in the Frances Stern Dietetic Internship program must fulfill internship program requirements as stipulated by the American Dietetic Association and the FSNC. The internship receives no formal academic credit, but is necessary to become eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The terms and requirements of the Dietetic Internship differ from those of other units of the Friedman School. The amount of time and work done for an internship will vary. All students in the AFE and FANPP programs will be required to complete a minimum of 320 hours to meet the academic internship requirement. It is often typical to have a student complete 400 hours during their internship experience. This does not include time spent writing a final report. An internship can take place at any time during the degree process but usually occurs over the summer after the student’s first year of study, lasting from 10 to 12 weeks.

Students doing internships that merit academic semester hour units may develop a Directed Study Course Proposal based on their internship work and submit a Directed Study Course Proposal form to the Office of Student Affairs to be enrolled in the course in SIS. Students may receive a maximum of six semester hour units toward their degree requirements as Directed Study courses based on internships. Directed Study courses based on internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis. Refer to Internship Policies and Procedures for more information.

Internship Contract

To streamline the internship process and to better collect data on past internships, we are currently reworking all of the 2021 internship contracts and forms to be online only. We will post links to the new forms and processes as soon as they are ready, but if you have any questions until this digitization project is complete, please contact the Director of Career Services, Melissa Palmer via email. Whether or not academic credit is sought, students fill out an Internship Contract describing the internship location, institutional contact, and type of work to be performed. The contract is approved by the Internship Institution Supervisor, the student’s Academic Advisor and Division Chair before the internship begins.

Requirements and Next Steps

For the internship to appear on a student’s transcript, the student must do the following:

  1. Select internship site and establish an institutional contact.
  2. Submit a completed Internship Contract (approved by the Academic Advisor, the Internship Institution Supervisor and the Division Chair) to the Coordinator for Student Services before beginning the internship. The link to the internship contract will be shared with students via email.
  3. Complete the internship.
  4. Submit the Internship Completion Form and Completion Report to the Office of Student Affairs, the Academic Advisor, and the Division Chair. It is optional to send the report to the Internship Site Supervisor. The Internship Completion Form includes basic information about the internship and the Completion Report, which is a description of the work done, a self-evaluation of how well the student was able to meet his/her objectives, an assessment of the value of the internship, and a recommendation to other interns (five-page maximum.)
  5. Be prepared to give a brief presentation about your internship experience. A meeting is held in October or November (you’ll be informed of the date/time by email). Other program specific post internships requirements will be communicated to you, as well. All faculty and students are invited, with special emphasis on first-year students who have not yet completed an internship.