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UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

UF/IFAS Office of the Dean for Research

Paid Undergraduate Internship Program FAQs

1. Do interns have to be in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences?

While we prefer students who are majoring in disciplines in CALS, we are not limiting appointments to this college. The student must, however, be majoring in a subject that can contribute to an Experiment Station project.

2. How much will each intern earn and how many hours will be worked?

The research internship allows for flexibility in work schedule depending on the parameters of the project. A full-time internship (40 hours) is paid at $560 per week ($14 per hour) for six weeks. However, some students may work half-time for 12 weeks at $280 per week. The number of weeks worked is determined by the intern and research professor but are not to exceed 240 hours for the duration of the internship.

3. Will interns receive academic credit for this internship?

This internship does not provide academic credit automatically. Credit for this internship is a matter to be determined by the student and his or her professors.

4. What are intern responsibilities?

Interns will have the opportunity to see and contribute to the work that Experiment Station faculty perform. Interns will be asked to work toward achieving one or more objectives of an active Experiment Station project under the supervision of a faculty member.

5. How does the matching process work?

Students will be contacted by the email once their application has been reviewed and a potential match will be suggested by our office. Students will have the opportunity to review the match to see if it is suitable. Faculty will then have the opportunity to review the students application materials. Research interns will be matched with a project only after both the student and faculty agree to this match.

6. Are there funds to help with living arrangements?

There are no funds set aside to help with living expenses. Each project located off campus should specify whether or not there is housing available at their location. This will be confirmed prior to any final matches being made.

7. What are the qualifications for the internship position?

Preference is given to students who are juniors or seniors, currently enrolled and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA (UF Cumulative), have never had a position in research, and have a strong or potential interest in research. Previous interns of this program are not eligible for a match.

8. Can internships be completed after graduation?

No. The internship must be completed as an undergraduate.

9. When do applicants find out if they have been matched?

We aim to complete the majority of matches by April 30. Each student will be contacted by the email listed on their application once a final decision has been made. Questions or concerns on the status of your application should be directed to Associate Dean for Research John Davis ( Students can also check the status of their applications within the portal where they applied.