An addendum has been added to all AY 2020-2021 internship contracts. If you are completing an internship during the 2020 calendar year - to be used toward your FDSY degree internship requirements in tandem with enrollment in either HORT/AGRO 4096W or CFAN 3096 during the AY 2020-2021 - you must complete the 2020 Internship Contract Addendum. This Addendum must be signed by you and your internship supervisor and turned into your associated internship course instructor PRIOR to your participation in your internship activities. See the Addendum for more information. For questions, contact Lauren Matushin ( 




Every Food Systems student is required to complete at least one approved internship during the course of their undergraduate career, and to complete an approved internship course. (While one internship is required, it is suggested to do more during college to get a variety of experiences.) To find out more about internships students have done in the past and how to find internships, please visit the Hands on Education section.

Getting Credit for Your Internship

Simply taking part in an internship is not enough to receive credit for it. To receive credit, you must take either HORT 4096W or AGRO 4096W, or CFAN 3096. After identifying a potential internship, students must first consult with their faculty mentor to make sure their internship qualifies for academic credit. Prior to the start of your internship, students must complete the Internship Registration to document what their final project will look like. After submitting the form and getting it approved, you will get an email from Lauren Matushin (HORT 4096W Sec 001) or Lynne Medgaarden (AGRO 4096W) with a permission number to register for the class you selected.

Please note: HORT 4096W has two versions that differ by semester: The Fall semester course offering is for all general student internships, and is taught by Professor Mary Rogers. This is the class section most students will register for. (The Spring semester course offering is reserved for those students already enrolled in the MN Landscape Arboretum Scholars Program, and is taught by Professor Mary Meyer.)

If you are doing your internship during the summer, you should register for the course in the fall afterwards, but make sure to complete your Internship Registration at the end of spring semester prior to your summer internship. For example, if you do an internship in the summer of 2020, you would complete the paperwork in the beginning of spring 2020, conduct your internship in summer 2020, and register to take the class in fall 2020.

Unpaid Internship Grant

Many internships in the plant sciences are paid. However, on occasion an internship will turn up that provides invaluable experience but is unpaid. CFANS undergraduate students who have secured an unpaid internship within the United States are eligible to apply for one of several internship grants of up to $1,000. Students are selected for this grant based on the relationship of the internship experience to their academic and career goals. Apply through Career and Internship Services. Application deadlines vary by semester.