Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Internship

The Undergraduate Internship, NUTR 495, is an opportunity for Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health majors to earn elective credit for academic work associated with an internship experience. Securing an internship requires thoughtful goal reflection, proactive planning, coordination with your adviser and instructor for approval and planned outreach, and professional engagement with approved community partners. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervised application of nutrition and food system activities;
  • Supervised observation and experience in related programming; and/or
  • Training in the utilization of resources and technology.


Student responsibilities

You are responsible for organizing a plan to secure an internship with the Instructor. The plan will guide you in finding a Site Supervisor and communicating the NUTR 495 expectations to both parties. You are also responsible for completing your required internship hours, submitting an academic paper/project that meets your Instructor’s expectations, sharing your final paper/project with your Site Supervisor, and maintaining correspondence with both your Instructor and Site Supervisor. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Instructor and Site Supervisor are in contact with each other.

Instructor responsibilities

The Instructor can help you process your internship experience and shape your academic paper/project. They review your academic paper/project and submit your credit and grade. It is your responsibility to schedule meetings with the Instructor and ensure that you understand their expectations.

Site Supervisor responsibilities

Your Site Supervisor should be the person who directly oversees your work at your internship. You and your Site Supervisor should be making explicit arrangements concerning overall goals, projects, duties, hours, and other expectations. Your Site Supervisor verifies that you have completed your required hours by confirming this with the Instructor.

How Do I Register?

  • Complete your Internship Application (pdf) and submit to the Nutritional Sciences Program Office in Raitt Hall 305 or via email to ugnutr@uw.edu.
  • Once approved, we will provide you with an add code to register for the course.
  • Registering after the 5th day of the quarter will result in a $20 transaction fee.
  • The deadline to submit your application is the first Friday of the quarter. No late applications will be accepted.

Earning academic credit for an internship will not fit with all student course plans. There are also limitations to the number of internship credits that can be applied toward your major, so please consult with advising.

For More Information

Contact advising for more information.

Site Supervisors who are interested in recruiting a major for an internship may complete the online opportunity form and submit it for posting on our website.