Food Science Internship for Credit
1. UMD and USDA/National Agricultural Library's Food Safety Information Center
A Food Science Internship is being offered by the USDA ARS Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD. The internship program will provide students with an opportunity to learn about food safety information management, government processes, current food safety trends and issues affecting educators, researchers, industry and consumers. It also provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn elective credit in NFSC386 (Experiential Learning) while working in a government agency with other food safety information professionals.
Please note: Students must be enrolled in the undergraduate food science program at the University of Maryland College Park in order to be eligible for this opportunity.
Since the information needs of the food safety community are very diverse, intern projects may vary based on a student’s interest, the targeted audience and the needs of the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO). Intern projects and deliverables will be reviewed and approved by a UMD faculty member and FSRIO Team Leader to receive full credit.
Examples of potential projects for the Spring 2014 semester include:
- Identify and organize research from farm-to-table by food commodity and pathogen using research from the Food Safety Research Projects Database (http://fsrio.nal.usda.gov/nal_web/fsrio/advsearch.php)
- Enhance the Food Safety Education and Training Materials Database to showcase NIFA Funded Educational Materials (http://fsrio.nal.usda.gov/nal_web/fsrio/fseddb/fseddbsearch.php).
- FSRIO is currently enhancing and expanding the Food Safety Research Publication Feeds (http://fsrio.nal.usda.gov/research/publications). The program needs to asses the journals and the food safety topic areas of interest to the research community. The intern will develop a short questionnaire and interview food safety researchers at the University of Maryland in order to collect this information.
The internship allows students to earn elective credit (3 to 4 credit hours) based on the amount of time they are available to intern at the NAL in Beltsville, MD during one semester.
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED.
- A UMD College Park undergraduate student with at least 24 credit hours completed
- An interest in food safety, food science and related disciplines. Food Science students are preferred.
- Complete application found online on the Food Safety Information Center's Web site (http://fsrio.nal.usda.gov)
by clicking on the graphic on the right-hand side of the web page announcing the internship.
- Applications for the Spring 2014 are being accepted through February 2, 2014.
-Applications will be reviewed, and candidates will be asked to interview with FSIC representatives before being accepted for the internship. Final applicants will be asked to submit a resume and a writing sample.
For more information, contact:
Tara Smith, R.D., Team Leader
USDA ARS National Agricultural Library
Food Safety Research Information Office
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 108-B
Beltsville MD 20705