LARC/PLSC389: Internship


PLSC389 is offered in the Fall semester and taught by Dr. Mark Carroll. Landscape Architecture students enroll in LARC389. You must make sure to get approval of your internship through Dr. Mark Carroll. We want to make sure you get the best experience out of your internship. Deadline to sign up for the course for Fall 2024 is: June 14, 2024. If you have questions please email Dr. Mark Carroll ( directly.

For those of you within a major that requires the completion of LARC389 or PLSC389, otherwise known as the Landscape Architecture and Plant Science Internship courses, please be advised that advanced preparatory work is required before you will be permitted to enroll in either of these courses. The specific requirements that need to be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in LARC389 or PLSC389 can be found below.

Both LARC389 and PLSC389 are asynchronous fall semester course offerings. It is important to emphasize however, that the two courses run from July to November (dates posted on Testudo). Accordingly, students seeking academic credit for the fall semester 2024 offering of LARC389 or PLSC389 need to have their internships approved no later than June as determined by Dr. Carroll.

Students who are considering pursing an internship experience at a time other than between the spring and fall semesters should contact Dr. Carroll about their plans to see if the internship experience can be documented in a manner that will allow the student to enroll in a future offering of LARC389 or PLSC389. Work experiences done without prior approval are ineligible for LARC389 or PLSC389 academic credit.

Signing up for the course:


Course Objectives:

  1. To become informed about internship learning experiences.

  2. To learn about career opportunities.

  3. To become familiar with the university career counseling services.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will develop technical and knowledge-based skills in the required areas of study.

  • Students will use technical and basic learned knowledge to collaborate, solve problems and then articulate conclusions.

  • Students shall develop effective communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present ideas with clarity to an appropriate audience.

  • Students will connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.

Course Requirements

  1. Completion of a ten-twelve week internship, which meets PSLA criteria.

  2. Submittal of the internship supervisor's evaluation.

  3. Submittal of an internship journal documenting the internship responsibilities, learning experiences and mentorship. An evaluation of the overall internship experience should also be included.

  4. Class presentation.

  5. Submittal of weekly internship presentation summaries.

Getting Permission

  1. Fill out this form to request permission. You must be signed in to your UMD email account prior to have access. The form includes a request for a brief (ie., 1 to 2 paragraph) description of your proposed internship. The description should focus on your expected internship responsibilities and what you expect to get out of your internship experience. Also, please indicate the expected length (in weeks) of your internship and the number of hours you expect to work each week. If you are having trouble accessing the form please email Diana Cortez ( Dr. Mark Carroll ( will review your request.

    1. LARC / PLSC 389 Permission Request Form

  2. Before starting your internship, have your supervisor complete and send directly to Dr. Carroll the Internship offer form (i.e. first two pages of the linked form: Internship Offer Form (Microsoft Word format / Fillable PDF).

  3. Once your internship is approved by Dr. Carroll you will receive a document outlining the requirements for the Internship Journal. Journal entries need to be made while you are doing your internship, with completed portions of Journal due for review by Dr. Carroll on the second Monday of the month in July and August (ie., July and August/dates subject to change).

  4. Dr. Mark Carroll will email Diana Cortez ( once he has approved your request. You must email Diana your UID # so she may lift the block.