Flexible Internship in Agri-Food (UNIV*3140)

Interested in building your resume by getting hands-on work experience at organizations in any sector of the agri-food industry, while earning course credit?

Register for UNIV*3140 Flexible Internship in Agri-Food; a unique course designed for upper year students, who are interested in exploring work related to agriculture and/or food, while developing fundamental career-building skills. 

UNIV*3140 is optimal for students in semesters 05, 06 or 07 and is available to students in all majors but does not count for Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or for Bachelor of Engineering students, except for Biological Engineering.

Watch the Flexible Internship Promotional Video on Youtube.

[Upbeat music plays while an image of Johnston Green at the University of Guelph is displayed]

[Danica Matovic the UNIV 3140 Internship Coordinator speaks to the camera while sitting in a chair in Johnston Hall.]

Danica Matovic: Most students are very sad when they hear that they can't get into co-op or that their program doesn't have a co-op option because it gives so much great work experience. So that's why the University is launching programs like this one.

[Jessica Fletcher, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student majoring in animal science speaks to the camera while siting in a chair in a boardroom.]

Jessica Fletcher: I knew I wanted to do a co-op but that wasn't an option for my program so I thought this would be a good stepping stone.

[Jessica is walking through a food processing facility based out of Elmira, Ontario dressed in a lab coat, hard hat, and safety goggles. The title "Explore Career Options and Directions" appears on screen.]

Jessica: You can either do your hours within one week or you could do a couple hours every week over say ten weeks.

[Danica and an unnamed student are walking outside at the University of Guelph. The title "Establish Professional Networks" appears on screen.]

Danica: For every one agricultural college graduate there's four jobs out there available for them when they're done with their schooling. So we thought, why not bring the agri-food industry to other students across campus.

[Weilun Lin, a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student majoring in agriculture speaks to the camera from a plant growth facility. Weilun walks around inspecting young plants growing in clear containers. The title "Develop New Skills and Experience" appears on screen.]

Weilun Lin: When I heard of the flexible internship for non-agricultural students like me it's a really good opportunity for us to help us decide what we want to do in the future. They welcome us to come back after graduation.

[Jessica is interacting with grains falling from a large hopper attached to a piece of industrial food processing equipment. Jessica then uses a computer to input data.]

Jessica: For non-agricultural students they get to see the sides of agriculture they wouldn't get within their courses.

[Danica speaks to the camera while sitting in a chair in Johnston Hall.]

Danica: So it's a really great way to figure out if an industry is the right fit for you and if a type of work is the right fit for you.

[Marie-Catherine Marsot, a chef at The Frauxmangerie bakery, wears a white chef's jacket with a Canadian flag on the lapel. Marie-Catherine speaks to the camera.]

Marie-Catherine: We are not just aiming at students in agriculture, it could be any field. So it could apply to a different type of field a different type of degree.

[Marie-Catherine and an unnamed staff member of the The Frauxmangerie bakery rearrange pastries on baking sheets in an industrial kitchen. The title "Diverse Opportunities Available" appears on screen. The unnamed staff member places the baking sheets in an industrial oven.]

Marie-Catherine: And when we have that student here we can tell them you know if you graduate you're welcome here. We have a job waiting for you.

[Jessica is pouring a brown powder into a processing machine for analysis. The title "There are 4 jobs for every OAC graduate" appears on screen.]

Jessica: I've done lots of experience that I can put on resumes, It's connected me with a great company  that I'd love to work with so I'd really recommend it.

[Upbeat music plays as the University Guelph logo is displayed followed by the course code (UNIV 3140) and an acknowledgement that the program is funded in part by the Government of Ontario. For more information, e-mail Danica Matovic (matovic@uoguelph.ca)]

About UNIV*3140 Flexible Internship in Agri-food

This course offers synchronous and asynchronous components with a forty (40) hour unpaid experiential learning opportunity (“Internship”) in any type of agri-food work. The timing for the completion of the Internship is somewhat flexible. It can be completed during the semester in which course is taken or up until the end of the following semester.1 Successful completion of the Internship is mandatory in order to complete the course.

Restriction(s): UNIV*2100. ENVS*3330. Not available to co-op students. Must have at least a 70% cumulative grade average. Must be in class levels 05, 06 or 07 to be able to complete Internship requirement before graduation. Instructor consent required.

This course will teach you valuable skills for the workforce including:

  • How to write a professional resume and cover letter

  • Delivering a strong interview presence

  • Working in agri-food industry

If you have any questions, please email Danica Matovic (matovic@uoguelph.ca) and read through the Internship Guidelines for UNIV*3140 (PDF).

Registration Information

This course is not subjected to registration through WebAdvisor. Please direct registration inquiries to Debbie Harkies (fare@uoguelph.ca).


1 A final grade will not be submitted for the class until the internship has been completed.

Experience Profiles

  • Kayla is a co-op student at the University of Guelph who is highly engaged on campus with organizations like the College of Business and Economics Students Association (CBESA), College of Business and Economics Dean's Office and JDCC Guelph. Kayla is also involved in the local community Special Olympics and Movember Foundation. During her Co-op terms Kayla worked at Keyspire, University of Guelph Department of Athletics and Kellogg's Canada.