I think a farm is a place of self-growth. You are learning about yourself but are also learning what you actually want to do. There are many opportunities for growing in ways you may not imagine.

Mel Sylvestre, Intern Supervisor

I worked on Feeding Growth, a learning program for sustainable packaged food companies in Vancouver and BC. Before this internship, I didn’t know where I belonged in the food system. My internship completely changed my perspective on how business can be a collaborative effort even if you are competitors. It led me to realize that I am interested in business development and entrepreneurship. It’s a lot of work and requires risk-taking but I think I’m someone who is willing to do that.

Sophie Draper, Feeding Growth Intern

The most interesting thing I encountered throughout my internship was the importance of developing relationships with the community. It takes time to develop trust and communication, but once you do, it is well worth the investment. As a public health student, my internship organizing sustainable living workshops gave me a new perspective on supporting the health of our community.

Carly Koenig, Food Skills Education Intern

One thing people should know about the UBC Farm is that it is strong from an academic perspective, as well as industrial. It has multiple research projects going on but at the same time it is a fully-working farm that makes money. I didn’t know about this until I spent time  learning about the UBC Farm. I also didn’t know how multi-disciplinary it is. There are more computer science students who would probably love to work on the UBC Farm application and would do it just for a chance to get experience.

Ian McLean, Farm Management Application Intern

The most surprising aspect of my internship was finding out how everyone came from different backgrounds. I first pictured the Farm as everyone being an expert farmer, but as I encountered many students, researchers, and other members of CSFS throughout my internship, I saw how they all had their own stories and came from different angles and different lenses.

Sigbrit Jaccard Søchting, Biodiversity and Perennial Crops Intern

LFS 496 For-Credit Career Development Internship

The LFS Career Development Internship (LFS 496) prepares UBC students professionally and academically for future careers through a mentored learning experience with a real food business or organization. Students apply the theory they gain from class through on-the-ground food system-related work and through reflections and course assignments that support their practical learning. The positions are unpaid, for-credit internships.

Applications open now for fall 2017!



1) Is it paid?

No, this is a for-credit, unpaid internship.

2) Can I propose an internship?

a) I am a student: You may propose an internship with an off-campus food systems partner. To do this, please view our eligibility criteria here. If you think your potential internship placement is a good fit with LFS 496, please fill out this form.

b) I am a potential internship host organization: If you are interested in hosting a UBC LFS 496 internship, please view our eligibility criteria here and fill out this form.

3) Is there a course syllabus?

Yes, find the LFS 496 Career Development Internship Syllabus here.

4) Do you have to be a student in the Faculty of Land and Food (LFS)?

No, UBC students from any faculty are eligible.

5) Are there required prerequisites?

No, there are no prerequisites for LFS 496.

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