Get paid and gain valuable in-the-field experience in your chosen discipline at an in-state Extension office location.
• Food • Nutrition • Marketing • Sustainability • Research • Agribusiness • Youth Education • Community Development
Get paid while learning and working in a career-oriented role. Most of these internships are for approximately 20 hours per week over a nine week summer period with some requiring a bit of weekend and/or evening hours, although these circumstances vary by position.
Julia Cobuzzi, above, says her Extension internship led to her career path.
Nikki Pirtel, above, shares her Climate Corps internship experience.
Past summer internship opportunities with Extension include:
Supervisors: Dr. Michael O’Neill and Emily Wilson
We seek a student interested in water resources to assist with data analysis and mapping for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The internship will involve analyzing project data from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Information from this project will be used to describe the impacts of research, education, and extension programs funded by USDA NIFA. A second component of this internship will involve working with geographic information system (GIS) data and ArcGIS Online to produce a “Story Map” of accomplishments funded by USDA NIFA.
Work Times and Schedules: The intern will work approximately 20 hours per week between May 11 – August 23.
Internship Location: Storrs, CT – occasional travel may be required to Haddam, CT.
Supervisor: Stacey Stearns
The marketing intern will develop a social marketing campaign on the importance of Extension for the UConn community. The project will build off of marketing projects done by the School of Business classes in the spring 2018 semester. The intern will work in the UConn Extension office in Storrs, CT to develop marketing channels to reach key program audiences. Ideal candidates will be marketing, communications, or agricultural resource economics majors.
Supervisor: Pamela Gray
The Intern will assist the New London County 4-H Program Coordinator in providing outreach through the delivery of 4-H programs, assisting in the preparation and weekend duties of the New London County 4-H Fair, assist in 4-H promotion through social media, and assist in managing administrative duties as required by the 4-H program. They will lead 4-H experiential learning activities in community settings, such as libraries and churches. The intern will learn planning, preparation, and youth/classroom management skills for outreach programs. Topics for 4-H programs include STEM and Nutrition/Healthy Lifestyle programs. They will learn to be proactive in planning for activities and programs and in working as a team player. They will learn communication skills, in reporting on their program, in communicating effectively with youth, and in working with community agencies to set up 4-H programs. There is a summer youth employment teen who will accompany the intern to community programs. The right intern for the position understands the importance of reliability, enthusiasm, and cooperation. Prior experience working with children is expected, and familiarity with 4-H and/or the military an added bonus. This position provides valuable experience for students in education or family studies, or who wish to explore Extension outreach through families and youth. The New London County 4-H Program Coordinator and 4-H Military Partnership Assistant provide mentoring and guidance throughout the internship. We strive for an atmosphere of learning and doing. We keep an open dialogue with the intern so they can carry out their responsibilities within a safe framework but also be able to learn from mistakes and succeed in the future. The summer intern must have their own transportation. The position may also include additional hours. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Emily McCabe Alger
summer internship in Middlesex County will be working with the State 4-H Horse Program and the Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair Program. The intern must have a working knowledge of the 4-H Equine program on the state level and New England level for Eastern States. They must have the ability to help run a horse show, an understanding of veterinary paperwork, the ability to process Eastern States Applications, and to administer a full training for both participants and parents attending the Eastern States Program, with regard to the New England 4-H Horse Show. They must have experience with 4-H fair data entry, an understanding of Access database management, extensive experience with 4-H verification forms for all species, an understanding of the Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair entry forms and excellent phone skill to manage the mistakes made on both these types of forms. They will be expected to be at the fairgrounds the majority of the weekend (July 31-Aug 2 – in Durham) with minimal time off. They will also need to coordinate the following aspects of the fair: parking passes (presale and distribution) 4-H Fair camping area management (including making and distributing passes to all campers) Sound Equipment management and pulling show announcement. They need to be available for any data entry questions and verification paperwork issues. And any other jobs deemed important at the time.
Dates: June 1- August 10
Learning Objectives – 1. Learn to interact with youth and adults 2. Learn to plan and teach skills through the 4-H Program 3. Learn to manage, process and use data to provide organizational oversight for 4-H programs
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Heather Peracchio, MS, RDN, CDN
The intern working in community nutrition programming in Fairfield County will have the opportunity to work with two federal nutrition programs EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) and SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education). Responsibilities and opportunities will include teaching small and large groups, working with adults and children, conducting cooking demonstrations and assisting in preparing materials for programs. This internship will provide an opportunity to engage in hands-on education with the public. The EFNEP program works in the community to help income-challenged parents to learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and quality of life. An intern would help prepare and assist with implementing a 10-week EFNEP gardening and nutrition program with parents and children in Norwalk, CT on an organic community farm. The intern would also participate in the EFNEP UConn Soccer and Nutrition research project. Other projects may include EFNEP youth programming for summer camps, SNAP-Ed nutrition education for seniors, as well as nutrition education for the public at the farmers’ market. Please anticipate and be available to travel within Fairfield county (Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford), assist with programs during the day or in the evenings (at least 1 evening until 8pm each week) and 3-4 Saturday mornings over the summer. The ideal candidate will be in pursuit of a health or nutrition field, have previous experience working with youth, customer service experience and have an interest in food or gardening. This will be an ideal summer experience for a student planning to pursue a degree in nutrition or dietetics, apply for a dietetic internship, and/or plans to become a Registered-Dietitian Nutritionist. The intern will need his/her own transportation. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Laura Brown
The intern in Community & Economic Development will assist with research related to the Connecticut Trail Census and have opportunities to observe and participate in other related programs including the First Impressions Community Exchange Program and a new Business Retention and Expansion pilot program. The Trail Census is a volunteer based data collection program on fifteen multi-use trails (bike-pedestrian) throughout Connecticut. The Census involves volunteer collection of infrared counter data and trail user data through a user intercept survey.
The intern will:
Laura Brown will meet with the intern weekly either face to face or by WebEx meeting room to be sure he/she is on task and share project updates.
Supervisor: Maryann J. Fusco-Rollins
The Tolland County 4-H Summer Intern position is from May 11, 2018 to August 16, 2018 for 20 hours per week. Responsibilities include planning and implementing the 4 day 4-H Food Revolution summer program, recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating all activities and executing the daily programs. Coordinating with the 4-H Fair Association and the teen 4-H Fair Board of Directors for the planning and execution of the Tolland County 4-H Fair. Duties include assisting with editing of the Fairbook, reviewing the registration of the 4-H youth exhibits for accuracy and contacting youth as needed to resolve any discrepancies, data entry, assisting with the planning, set up and management of 4-H Fair exhibits and programs. Previous experience working with youth, 4-H Fair Associations and familiarity with the MarTech Blue Ribbon Computer System is desired. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Dr. German Cutz
Intern will be based at the Fairfield County Extension Center in Bethel Connecticut. S/he will engage in field activities and/or monitor groups of urban resident adults attending the urban agriculture program in Bethel and Bridgeport. Each urban agriculture site has at least one garden where participants apply their newly gained knowledge, especially on vegetable production. The Bethel groups farms in New Milford, but Bridgeport group farms in Bridgeport. Approximately 20-30 adults will be involved in these sites. Under the supervision of the Sustainable Communities Educator, the intern will track field activities that include both regular farm chores and IPM activities. To track field activities, the internet will have a chart developed for this purpose (name of participant, type of activity performed, time spent on the activity, day of the week it was performed, etc.). In addition, the intern will collect field data such as insect and diseases, types of vegetables produced, organize and attend Farmer’s Markets (where participants sell their produce) and perform a variety of tasks related to classroom or field activities. The urban Agriculture program is a year-round. Classroom instruction is usually offered in the evenings (7:00 -9:00 p.m.) and field activities are scheduled everyday (morning and afternoons) beginning in April. The intern will be needed from May 21 to July 20 (9 weeks). Work times will be scheduled based on intern’s availability. However, intern will need his/her own transportation. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Learning opportunities for the intern
Commitment to mentoring intern
The intern will work under the supervision of the Sustainable Families and Communities Extension educator who teaches and coordinates the urban agriculture program. The intern will actively participate in all planning activities such as season production planning, IPM planning, teaching materials preparation, etc. The intern will accompany the urban agriculture program coordinator to perform field activities like insect and disease identification, collecting soil samples, preparing organic fertilizer mixes, or implement strategies to prevent/control vegetables’ insects or diseases, etc.
Supervisor: Laura Marek
This intern will teach and evaluate programs and work with management to learn the operations involved with running the Litchfield County 4-H Fair. The 4-H Summer Intern works under the supervision of the 4-H Educator. The internship will run from June 4 through August 10, 2018.
The candidate should have a desire to work with youth in an informal educational setting. A working knowledge of the 4-H program helpful, but not required. Tasks include working with other summer interns to teach a series of educational programs for summer recreational groups and day camps, and working at the 4-H Fair in Litchfield County. Intern must have a vehicle for work related travel. The student intern will learn how to present and teach programs to children ranging in age from 6 to 12 years of age. The student intern will learn how the Litchfield County 4-H Fair is managed, from set up to clean up, by working with the Extension staff and volunteers. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Jen Cushman
Hartford County 4-H Program Intern will assist with the delivery of the Hartford County 4-H Education Programs such as the annual 4-H Fair and programming at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT. Additional tasks may include marketing of 4-H in the community, processing program documents and assisting with volunteer management. The intern will have an opportunity to work with youth and adults in preparing for the annual three-day fair, as well as assisting with the weekend tasks of the fair. The intern in this position will develop an understanding of UConn Extension/4-H, develop skills in program planning and delivery as well as working with youth and volunteers. Opportunities will be provided for the intern to gain exposure to various aspects of 4-H programming throughout the summer. The Hartford County 4-H Extension Educator will meet regularly with the intern to monitor progress on projects. The 4-H Educator will work with the intern to develop a meaningful internship plan and provide the intern with the needed resources and coaching to reach the agreed upon internship goals with consideration to the intern’s career interests. Experience working with youth and/or 4-H is preferred but not required. This position will be based out of the Hartford County 4-H Office. Work sites may include annual fair, club meetings, and the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm. Intern should be available June 1 through August 23. Some night and weekend hours are anticipated. The summer intern must have their own transportation. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisors: Vickie Wallace and Mary Ellen Welch
This 11 week internship at the New London County Extension Office will support the program objectives of two program areas, with the intern devoting approximately one day per week to each program area. The internship will be approximately 20 hours a week, with potential for additional hours, between June 1 and August 17.
2. Assist in coordination of summer educational programs on Sustainable Turf & Landscape and Healthy Home topics.
The intern will:
The program coordinators will:
Supervisor: Margaret Grillo
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Supervisor: Marc Cournoyer
Intern will participate in UConn Extension community outreach programs by shadowing and assisting Extension Educators in the areas of 4-H Youth Development as outlined below. They will also learn from other Center staff and through interaction with the public at the Windham County Extension Center and in other community based settings.
Learning Objectives: Intern will demonstrate learning by:
Developing a greater understanding of 4-H and other programs offered through UConn Extension
This internship is for 10 weeks at approximately 20 hours per week and will run from June 1 – August 10, 2018.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Supervisor: Dr. Tatiana Andreyeva
Brief Position Description: The study “Expansion of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Connecticut” is focused on improving nutrition of young children in child care centers and daycare homes. The first goal of the study is to identify perceived and actual barriers to participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides federally-funded subsidies for meals and snacks served in child care. Second, we will conduct a comprehensive set of outreach and technical assistance efforts to increase provider awareness about CACFP and improve participation rates among eligible child care centers in the state of Connecticut. Finally, the project will lead to recommendations for strategies to address participation barriers and improve CACFP participation among licensed child care centers.
Job Description: “Mapping Child Care Centers and Unmet Need for CACFP”:
A student in this position will assist the project staff in research efforts by documenting access to CACFP-participating child care centers and daycare homes throughout the state of Connecticut. Census data on household income of families served by child care programs will be added to identify unmet need for child care programs that provide federal food and nutrition assistance via CACFP. Mapping will be accomplished using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Required skills: The student must have sound knowledge of the GIS software and ability to geocode and map multiple locations based on the residential/institutional address and Census block data on income. Additional research activities may include:
Requirements for the job:
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE), Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
Supervisors: Dr. Tatiana Andreyeva (UConn ARE), Susan Boyle (CSDE)
Dates: (negotiable) May 21, 2018–July 27, 2018
Work hours: 20 hours weekly
Project Description: The study “Expansion of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Connecticut” is focused on improving nutrition of young children in child care centers and daycare homes. The first goal of the study is to identify perceived and actual barriers to participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides federally-funded subsidies for meals and snacks served in child care. Second, we will conduct a comprehensive set of outreach and technical assistance efforts to increase provider awareness about CACFP and improve participation rates among eligible child care centers in the state of Connecticut. Finally, the project will lead to recommendations for strategies to address participation barriers and improve CACFP participation among licensed child care centers.
Job Description: A student in this position will assist the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) staff in CACFP program monitoring, evaluation and expansion efforts. A student will also assist the CSDE staff in child care provider training and review of compliance with appropriate federal and state regulations. Further, the student will be responsible for communications between the UConn Rudd Center’s project and the CSDE staff to enhance progress on the study “Expansion of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Connecticut”.
Activities may include:
Requirements for the internship:
Supervisor: Susan Mitchell, Owner
This position is perfect for those interested in becoming involved in the local food movement through the production of organic vegetables. Cloverleigh Farm is a small-scale diversified farm that provides a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to residents of Eastern Connecticut in addition to sales to restaurants and the local food co-op.
Cloverleigh Farm prides itself in supporting the local community and engaging residents in their local food system. We grow everything we sell and use only organic growing practices. This type of production method focuses on soil health and fertility, protecting and enhancing this valuable asset. The farm crew will be involved in all facets of production: seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing & packing. The work is very physical and is geared toward those to love to learn and work in an outdoor environment. This is seasonal work May-August. Work schedule can be tailored and is flexible but must remain consistent during the summer season. The farm operates six days per week. Work hours can be split into mornings (6am -12 pm) or afternoons (1pm – 6pm).
Supervisor: John Motslinger
Description: Happy Acres is a 90-acre farm in the hills of Sherman, Connecticut seeking an intern to help with all aspects of a diversified farm operation. The farm primarily raises beef cattle, though there has been steady diversification to include laying hens, milk goats, an organic fruit and vegetable garden and a mini-food forest. The farm markets products locally at farmers markets, its own farmstand and a restaurant or two. The ideal person for this role is an individual with a serious interest in permaculture,
sustainable farming and living in harmony with nature’s rhythms. Some days will be long and grueling; others will be short and sweet with plenty of free time. A typical day might include milking goats, feeding chickens, weeding the garden, stacking hay, setting up electric fence, bringing water to the cows, and helping with equipment repairs.
- Garden: sowing, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, processing, cooking
- Animals: feeding, watering, milking, collecting and washing eggs, moving electric fence
- Land management: mowing, weed whacking, pruning, limbing, fixing fences
- Haymaking: operating tractor implements, stacking hay, fixing equipment
- Farmers markets: setting up, marketing/promotions, sales, tracking inventory
The intern will also assist with practical research projects to assess the viability of future
business enterprises and alternative management practices. In addition, the intern will
participate in Connecticut’s Regional Apprentice Farmer Training (CRAFT) program. This is an
excellent opportunity to network with other young, aspiring farmers in the area and visit
This internship is sponsored by the Friends of Happy Acres, an independent local nonprofit
organization. The intern will also receive eggs, meat, milk and produce from
the farm. The site has an extensive library of books pertaining to sustainable farming and the intern will be encouraged to read as much as possible during his or her free time.
Please read our website (www.happyacres.farm) and browse our Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/happyacresct) carefully to get a sense of who we are before applying.
• Accepting applications for all internships now through 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 25, 2018
• Available to current UConn freshmen, sophomores, juniors and super seniors (only those seniors due to graduate in either August 2018 or December 2018 are eligible to apply for and be selected for this program).
To preview and access the application form, click here.
Submit your application now through the HuskyCareerLink website under Company Name: UConn Extension System and Job Title: Agricultural Extension Internship
(Complete applications through HuskyCareerLink will include application, résumé and current transcript submitted as one PDF document)