Current AGNR Students

AGNR Undergrad and Grad Students

The ACE Center is designed to help AGNR students navigate agricultural career and entrepreneurship opportunities. 

Utilize the resources below to gain access to beneficial job search tools, networking information on previous AGNR alumni, advice on how to navigate on-campus resources, stories about previous student internships, and more. 

Job Search Resources

Relevant Job Search Engines

AgCareers.com = job search engine specifically designed for job seekers in the agriculture and food industry. Allows the job seeker to choose an industry sector, industry type, and career type to narrow down the available job opportunities for you.

USAjobs.gov = a United States Government official federal government employment site. Can search with a job title, department, agency, series, or occupation. In addition to the desired location. Relevant departments and agencies: USDA, EPA, NOAA, FDA, USACE, DOE, HHS, DOI, etc.

State of Maryland = lists open job opportunities with the Maryland State government. Can search by keyword, location, department, recruitment type and job category. Relevant departments for AGNR majors include: Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, Department of Natural Resource, MD Department of Agriculture, MD Department of Health, MD Department of the Environment, etc.

Indeed.com = job search engine currently used by many employers on the East Coast. Allows job seekers to type in a keyword and choose a location to filter that results for you.

AgHires.com = agriculture-specific search engine. Enter keywords, job title or company name with your preferred location. Has a “Browse Internships” function on their website.

Greenjobsearch.org = search engine specifically for jobs with an environmental or social responsibility focus. Includes full-time, internship, part-time, and temporary job postings.

LinkedIn = create a profile to utilize the job search engine function of the LinkedIn platform. Search by title, skill, or company or receive recommendations based on your interests and connections. In addition, sign up for job alerts and save postings you are interested in. 

Idealist.org = a search engine for those looking into the nonprofit sector. Can narrow down search to jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and specific nonprofit organizations.

Service-Oriented Careers

AmeriCorps = a network of national service programs where you can choose to serve for different durations of time from three months to a year. Has several connections to majors within the college of agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to, disaster services, energy and conservation, health and nutrition, environmental stewardship, etc.

Peace Corps = two-year international volunteering program in the areas of: agriculture, environment, community economic development, health, education, and youth in development.

WWOOF = volunteering opportunities to live on an organic farm and learn from a host farmer. Search the different types of farms and locations. These steps include: choose a destination, find the type of WWOOF group you would like to volunteer in, and find a host farmer.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps = one year service opportunity to be placed with either a nonprofit or government in the Chesapeake Bay region. Combination of volunteering, learning, and training to prepare for future environmental steward careers.

Student Conservation Association = SCA’s goal is to help train and educate young people to become leaders in the natural resources and conservation fields. They offer several different opportunities to either volunteer, earn academic credit, or earn a stipend. They also are connected with the AmeriCorps Education Awards program.

UMD Resources

AGNR Blog = utilize the College of AGNR Undergraduate Blog to discover up-to-date resources and job postings on careers and internships, scholarships and financial aid, and important AGNR department links. 

Careers4Terps = as a UMD student or alumni, you can gain access to the University Career Center's online career management tool Careers4Terps. Use this tool to search for a company by location and industry. You can also look at current job postings, apply for on-campus interviews, participate in careers workshops and more.

AGNR Job Posting Website = specific website that organizes the current job postings on the Careers4Terps portal into a separate place for just AGNR students.

Terp Guide = every year the University Career Center releases a guide which compiles all of the most important career and internship preparation material into one place.

Internship Advice

Where to Begin?

An internship is an important stepping stone to getting a job post-graduation. Use these tips to start preparing for your internship search. 

First, begin by watching the 7 Steps For Your Summer Internship Webinar Recording

  • Event Description: Whether your major requires an internship or not, internships are beneficial to your professional growth.  They provide work experience, grant a glimpse into your career world, enable you to apply classroom knowledge, and help establish professional networks. But don’t wait until the summer to begin looking for an internship. You need to start preparing now with these 7 practical steps.
  • Presented By: Glori Hyman, Director of Institute of Applied Agriculture

Think about what you are looking for in an internship. 

  • What are your interests? Would you prefer an office job or a research lab or an outdoor environment? Do you prefer working individually, in groups, or both? Do you want to stay close to campus, close to home, or go somewhere new? What skills have you gained that you want to contribute? What skills do you want to learn?

Learn the basics about finding an internship.

  • Learn about the importance of gaining experience through an internship on the University Career Center internship page
  • Visit the University Career Center or UCC @ AGNR to discuss internship search strategies. Use your Careers4Terps account to schedule an appointment. 
  • Take UMD's online class EDCP108I, College and Career Advancement: Concepts and Skills; Academic Transitions to Internships. Recommended for students who have never had an internship before but would like to pursue one. 
  • Gather new tips from LinkedIn Learning videos. 

Start your search.

  • Use the job search engines/resources provided above to search for an internship. Use keywords to help narrow your search. For example, "agriculture", "natural resources", "internship", "Maryland" or "paid". 
  • Research which companies will be at job fairs on campus or in the area. Prepare specific questions to ask them at the fair. 
  • Connect with UMD alumni through the provided resources to help build your network. 
  • Have a specific organization in mind? Research their website and learn more about the application process of their internship program. No formal internship program on their website? Reach out to the department you are interested in and tell them why you are interested and inquire if they have hosted interns in the past. 
  • Explore the AGNR Internship Guide created by UCC @ AGNR. 

Organize your materials.

  • Each internship is different, so each application is likely different as well. Make sure you submit a resume and cover letter tailored specifically to each internship position. 
  • Talk to professors, advisors and supervisors about recommendation letters. Tell them what you are interested in and why you are asking them to write a recommendation letter for you. 

Hoping to apply for an internships with the government? GoGovernment is a useful website with tips and resources on how to apply for internships with the Federal government. 

Resume Tips

Interview Tips

Watch the ACEing the Virtual Interview Webinar Recording to start preparing for your upcoming interview

  • Event Description: You’ve been zooming for a year now and you may consider yourself a zoommaster. So what’s different when it comes time for a job or internship virtual interview How do you prepare? 
  • Presented By: Glori Hyman, Director of Institute of Applied Agriculture

Additional Interview Tips Include:

  • Show up to the interview prepared. This means doing your research on the company before the interview. 
  • Practice your answers to sample interview questions. Here are some common questions employers may ask. 
  • Determine what questions your would like to ask the employer. 
  • Follow pages 28 - 31 of Terp Guide to learn more about dressing appropriately and video interviews. 

John Sheridan

SavATree's Plant Health Care Specialist

It was very important for me to understand what certain diseases or pest damage looked like in order to properly treat them with the correct materials and at the proper rate." 

Connect with Alumni

Lydia Printz

Agricultural Science and Technology: Environmental Horticulture

In the last two years, I’ve witnessed the local flower movement grow tremendously. I think it is really cool to play a role in something so big.”

Featured Alumni

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Network works to enhance the student experience, build professional networks, serve in communities and advocate for the college. Check out the provided links to learn more about some of our outstanding alums, AGNR Terp owned businesses and connect with the network on social media. Contact Amanda Brown Clougherty, akbrown@umd.edu for more information on how to join and get involved today!

Living Eco-Tech: David Tilley & Nick Cloyd

Race to Restore the Earth: Dr. Jo Puri

All Roads Lead through UMD: Dr. Robert Post

Discover more articles like these in the AGNR MomentUM magazine

AGNR Alumni Network

Navigate through the resources provided on the AGNR Alumni Page. And check out our latest award winners including Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms. 

Connect on Social Media

Connect with us on various social media platforms: 

AGNR Alumni Facebook Page

AGNR Instagram @umdagnralumni 

LinkedIn 

Terrapins Connect  

Upcoming Virtual events - 

NACD/AFA Conservation Careers Workshop | June 13-15, 2021

Event Description: This year's Conservation Careers Workshop will have a focus on Forest Management and Regeneration. Delegates will develop conservation career outreach plans and discuss action strategies to implement career outreach on their campuses. Application deadline to attend the workshop is May 12, 2021.  

Contact us: acecenter@umd.edu