Extension Summer Internship

UConn Extension Summer 2019 Internships

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
 

Learn where Extension offices are located across the state here so you can apply to an internship that is close to where you will be living this summer.

Get paid while learning and working in a career-oriented role. Most of these internships are for approximately 18-20 hours per week over a nine to 10 week summer period with some requiring a bit of weekend and/or evening hours, although these circumstances vary by position. 





 












Julia Cobuzzi, above left, says her Extension internship led to her career path. Nikki Pirtel, above right, shares her Climate Corps internship experience.


Summer 2019 Internships

4-H Program Intern - Haddam, CT
CLIR Marketing Intern - Storrs, CT
4-H Program Intern - Norwich, CT
Community Nutrition Intern - Bethel, CT
4-H Program Intern - Vernon, CT
Urban Agriculture Intern - Bethel, CT
4-H Sports and Nutrition Program Intern - Bethel, CT
4-H Program Intern - Torrington, CT
4-H Program Intern - Farmington, CT
Sustainable Turf & Landscape Intern - Norwich, CT
4-H Program Intern - North Haven, CT
4-H STEM Intern - Brooklyn, CT
Center for Land Use Education and Resarch Intern - Haddam, CT
Community Nutrition/Clinical Outpatient Experiences Intern - Farmington, CT
Town of Mansfield Outreach Intern - Storrs/Mansfield/Vernon, CT
Marketing Intern - Storrs, CT

• Accepting applications for all internships now through 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2019

• Available to current UConn freshmen, sophomores, juniors those seniors due to graduate in either August 2019 or December 2019 are eligible to apply for and be selected for this program. 

• To preview and access the Application Form, click here.

(Complete applications will include a completed application form, résumé and current transcript submitted through the Application Form accessible above)

 

4-H Program Intern – Haddam, CT

Supervisor: Emily McCabe Alger

The summer intern 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 31st -Aug 2nd – 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 tasks deemed important at the time.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

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


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CLIR Marketing Intern – Storrs, CT

Supervisors: Cathleen Love and Stacey Stearns

UConn Extension’s Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR) provides meaningful and serious intellectual activities for adults from all walks of life, conducted in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are no academic requirements.  CLIR classes are offered in two formats: single classes and courses. A single class lasts for one hour-and-a-half. A course consists of two or more classes scheduled in successive weeks. All classes are held in Vernon Cottage on UConn’s Depot Campus located in Mansfield, CT.

The marketing intern will design, implement, and analyze a marketing campaign to increase attendance at classes and membership in the program. The project will build on projects completed in the spring of 2019, including a survey of members, Facebook events, and press releases. The intern will work in the UConn Extension office in Storrs to develop marketing materials that will be implemented throughout the internship. The intern will also be presenting their work to the CLIR board of directors. Ideal candidates will be marketing, communications, digital media and design, or agricultural resource economics majors.

Responsibilities:

  1. Research CLIR members and potential audiences, and provide steps for expanding reach in their space.
  2. Develop and implement marketing materials for CLIR.
  3. Capture and analyze metrics for marketing initiatives. Develop strategies to maintain the campaign after the internship concludes.
  4. Develop new social media campaigns for CLIR. Consider audience needs and platform choice. Implement and analyze campaign.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Expand application of marketing concepts to an Extension program.
  2. Gain experience identifying and analyzing a target market.
  3. Enhance ability to analyze customer service practices and attitudes.
  4. Strengthen ability to create messages/content and place in chosen media channels.
  5. Gain experience with working with older adult learners and their media preferences.

 

4-H Program Intern – Norwich, CT

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 position may also include additional paid hours.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

Community Nutrition Programming Intern – Bethel, CT

Supervisor: Heather Peracchio, MS, RDN, CDN
Approximate dates: May 13 – August 19, 2019

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. Reliable personal transportation required. 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 one evening until 8pm most weeks) and 3-4 Saturday mornings over the summer.

The ideal candidate will be in pursuit of a health or nutrition field career, have prior 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.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

4-H Program Intern – Vernon, CT

Supervisor: Maryann J. Fusco-Rollins

Under the supervision and with the support of the 4-H Program Coordinator, the Tolland County 4-H Summer Intern duties 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.  This is a great learning opportunity where the intern takes the leadership of planning and executing this very popular summer program, including 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. The intern interacts with a diverse group of youth and adults to help realize the annual county fair.  Previous experience working with youth, 4-H Fair Associations and familiarity with the MarTech Blue Ribbon Computer System are desired.

The Tolland County 4-H Summer Intern position runs from June 14th, 2019 to August 15th, 2019. The work schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-2:30 with ½ hour unpaid lunch break for 18 hours per week with some flexibility in scheduling.  The week of July 15th to July 19th will be fixed Monday- Friday schedule and approximately a 40-hour week as part of the 4-H Food Revolution Program. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

Urban Agriculture Program Intern – Bethel, CT

Supervisor: Dr. German Cutz

Intern will be based at the Fairfield County Extension Center in Bethel, Connecticut. They 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 group 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 intern 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 intern is needed as follows:

May 20th  to July 19th  (9 weeks). Work times will be scheduled based on the intern’s availability; however, the intern will need their own reliable vehicle for transportation.

Learning opportunities for the intern:

  • Learn how urban agriculture is implemented in various cities throughout Connecticut
  • Learn how IPM, entomology, botany, soils, vegetable production based on organic methods are taught through UConn Extension urban agriculture program
  • Hands on experience producing and selling organic vegetables
  • Increase knowledge in urban agriculture program planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Learn first-hand how Extension works at the community level

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.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

4-H Sports and Nutrition Program Intern – Bethel, CT

Supervisor:  Dr. German Cutz

The intern will be based at the Fairfield County Extension Center in Bethel Connecticut. They will engage in sports and nutrition activities and collaborate with soccer practices and nutrition classes with the 4-H UConn Legends’ teams (children aged 8-13 years old) from Danbury, Connecticut. There are currently two soccer teams. Each team practices twice a week for 2-3 hours (6:00-8:00 p.m.); one team practices Monday and Wednesday and the other practices Tuesday and Thursday. There are approximately 20-25 children enrolled in the two teams. Under the supervision of the Sustainable Communities Educator, the intern will help with soccer practices, bring and collect soccer equipment and supplies (soccer balls, cones, hurdles, jerseys, or water), help the children with soccer drills and other physical activities planned by the soccer coach and perform a variety of tasks related to soccer and nutrition activities. The intern will track field activities, for which they will have a chart developed for this purpose (name of the participant, type of activity performed, time spent on the activity, or day of the week it was performed.)

The intern is needed as follows:

May 20th  to July 19th , 2019 (9 weeks). Work times will be scheduled based on intern’s availability; however the intern will need their own reliable vehicle for transportation.

Learning opportunities for the intern:

  • Learn how 4-H programs are implemented
  • Learn how sports and nutrition program brings together children and their parents
  • Hands on experience working with low-income, specially Spanish speaking families
  • Increase knowledge in 4-H program planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Learn first-hand how Extension works at the community level

Commitment to mentoring intern:

The intern will work under the supervision of the Sustainable Families and Communities Extension educator who teaches and coordinates the sports and nutrition program. The intern will actively participate in all planning activities such as soccer practices and nutrition classes planning, teaching materials’ preparation, etc. The intern will accompany the sports and nutrition coordinator to perform field activities soccer practices, soccer games, nutrition classes and children and parents meetings. The intern will perform other related tasks to the program as needed.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

4-H Program Intern – Torrington, CT

Supervisor: Laura Marek

The Litchfield Country 4-H summer intern will teach and evaluate programs and work with management on the running of the Litchfield County 4-H Fair during the May 15th  through August 9th , 2019 timeframe.  The 4-H intern works under the supervision of the 4-H Educator. The candidate should have a desire to work with youth in an informal educational setting.  A working knowledge of the 4-H program is 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.  The intern must have a reliable vehicle for work-related travel.  The intern will learn how to present and teach programs to children ranging in age from six to 12 years of age.  The intern will also 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 candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

 

4-H Program Intern - Farmington, CT

Supervisor: Jen Cushman

This Hartford Country 4-H intern will have the opportunity to engage in planning and delivery of the Hartford County 4-H Programs. Activities will include planning for the annual 4-H Fair, delivering educational programs, and community outreach.  The Hartford County 4-H Extension Educator will meet regularly with the intern to monitor progress on projects and work with the intern to develop a meaningful internship plan with consideration to the intern’s career interests. This is an ideal experience for an agriculture, education or family studies major to gain experience.  Employment of the successful candidates is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

Qualifications:

  1. Desire to work with youth and adults in an informal education setting
  2. Experience working with youth and adults
  3. Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  4. Effective communication skills
  5. Reliable transportation
  6. Prior experience with 4-H and education programming delivery (preferred)

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Expand understanding of 4-H and other UConn Extension programs
  2. Gain experience in working collaboratively with youth and adults
  3. Strengthen skills in planning and implementation of education programming
  4. Develop networking skills

Schedule:

This position is based in the Farmington, CT office with time spent at the annual 4-H Fair in Somers and 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT. The intern must be available starting June 3rd  through August 23rd . Work times to be scheduled based on the intern’s availability. The intern will work an average of 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Some night and weekend hours are required August 15th-18th. The intern will need their own reliable vehicle for transportation.

 

 

Sustainable Turf & Landscape Intern – Norwich, CT

Supervisor:  Victoria Wallace

This internship at the New London County Extension Office supports the program objectives of the sustainable turf and landscape program area. The internship will be approximately 20 hours per week, with potential for additional hours, between June 7th and August 16th .

The Sustainable Turf & Landscape program is part a team of Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialists that provides IPM education. Educational training includes outreach and support of green industry professionals, including nursery producers and municipal and school grounds managers.

The intern will assist the Sustainable Turf & Landscape program coordinator:

  1. Assist in coordination of summer and fall educational programs on Sustainable Turf & Landscape topics.
  1. Participate in workshop development and program coordination of Native Plant & Pollinator Conference and other events: promotion, participant and stakeholder communication, registration, creation of handout material.
  2. Communicate with UConn team members. Participate in CT team meetings/conference calls.
  1. Coordinate and develop social media.
  1. Manage digital content: Identify, schedule and post social media messages.
  2. Help develop new sustainable landscaping website content and organization.
  3. Help compose program newsletters and reports.
  4. Develop a social media strategy that will engage community members in green industry stakeholders in sustainable landscaping.

Requirements for this position:

  1. Must have own means of reliable transportation to work in Norwich at UConn Extension Center.
  2. Should be a proficient communicator who has excellent writing and verbal skills and is attentive to detail.
  3. Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media.
  4. The right intern for this position is enthusiastic, reliable, and has passion for community engagement and education.
  5. Strong writing skills and some experience/knowledge in either the horticultural or turf industry preferred.

The intern will:

  1. Gain experience and familiarity with the Connecticut Green Industry.
  2. Improve writing, website building, social media and other communication skills.
  3. Gain experience in preparation and execution of Extension Outreach opportunities.
  4. Learn how to work both independently and as part of a team.

The supervisor will:

  1. Provide resources, equipment, and facilities that support learning objectives/goals.
  2. Assist the student in attainment of goals and objectives; mentor and guide the intern throughout the internship.
  3. Provide necessary training and orientation, and ensure the student is fully oriented to the agency, staff, policies and procedures.
  4. Provide written evaluation of the student intern.

 


 4-H Program Intern - North Haven, CT

Supervisor: Margaret Grillo

Responsibilities:

  1. Plan, implement and evaluate animal showmanship workshop mid-July. Responsibilities include coordinating with two local volunteers – use of their farm and animals, obtaining workshop leaders, managing publicity, registration and supervision of the actual day program while developing a flyer and using social media to promote it.
  2. Plan, implement and evaluate Discover Science through 4-H workshops.  These workshops will support the monthly mailings being sent to youth 7-12 years.  The workshops will be organized in a series – monthly through June, July and August.
  3. Plan, prepare and conduct informational activities at local libraries – draft flyer, offer hands-on activity.  Assist with responding to requests from the public. 
  4. Plan and implement workshops (preparation for the 4-H Fair, etc.,) with established clubs.
  5. Assist with conducting the Middlesex & New Haven 4-H Fair held at the fairgrounds in Durham, CT July 27th - August 6th.  Duties include preparing supplies, contacting judges, assisting with training of both youth officers and adult volunteers, inventorying supplies, coordinating last minute needs and requests of participants and their parents. They will be expected to be at the fairgrounds the majority of the weekend (Aug 2nd -4th) with minimal time off.
  6. Assist with improving current social media used by the supervisor - Facebook, County 4-H website, Instagram and Twitter.
  7. Other duties deemed appropriate.

Detailed Desired Qualifications:

  1. Ability to manage groups - experience working with groups, youth & adults
  2. Excellent planning and organizing skills
  3. Willingness to help others develop skills and knowledge
  4. Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  5. Familiarity with the 4-H program helpful but not necessary
  6. Experience in youth development, teaching
  7. An interest in sharing knowledge to enhance youth educational experiences
  8. Excellent social media skills
  9. Ability to work with county/local/community and state level professionals to share resources and opportunities
  10. The ability to communicate effectively with 4-H staff, youth & volunteers.
  11. Able to work as a team member, and to work independently with minimal supervision
  12. Creative, flexible, organized and patient problem solver
  13. Effective written and verbal communication and networking skills
  14. Have own reliable vehicle for transportation

Learning Opportunities for the Intern:

  1. Enhanced educational experiences in curriculum development, working youth and adults, collaboration with local agencies.
  2. Network opportunities in the county
  3. Enhanced professional development opportunities
  4. Increased knowledge and skills for implementing and managing programs.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

4-H STEM Intern – Brooklyn, CT

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.        

  • STEM mini-camps:
    • assist 4-H educator with facilitation of 4-H summer STEM outreach program to children/youth in town recreation/public library camps
  • County 4-H Fair:
    • help 4-H members use leadership skills to plan and execute a successful fair experience
    • assist 4-H staff with planning, data management and securing necessary materials for all fair related activities
  • 4-H Program:
    • Assist 4-H educator with other program related tasks as necessary

Learning Objectives:  Intern will demonstrate learning by:

  1. Developing a greater understanding of 4-H and other programs offered through UConn Extension
  2. Becoming more confident in facilitating/leading programs with youth and community based audiences
  3. Learning more about UConn Extension’s mission and possible career opportunities through participation in programs and interactions with Extension personnel

Time Commitment:

  1. This internship is for 10 weeks at approximately 18 hours per week and will run from June 1st  – August 9th , 2019.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Intern will be will be provided an independent office space with phone, computer and internet access to accomplish program goals.
  2. Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle to assist in the programming schedule.
  3. Should enjoy working with children, youth and community groups.
  4. Occasional nights and weekend work required.
  5. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

 

Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) Intern – Haddam, CT

Supervisor: David Dickson

The intern will work with several Extension faculty members of the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research, out of the Middlesex County Extension Office in Haddam, CT on a variety of potential projects. Potential projects the intern will assist with include the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, NEMO’s Stormwater Management program, and/or CLEAR’s Geospatial Training Program. The intern will have exposure to a wide range of projects and topics related to land conservation, stormwater management, climate change, and geospatial technologies.

Duties and Learning Objectives

Supervision: David Dickson, NEMO Co-Director & Extension Educator, Middlesex County Extension Center, Haddam, CT.  The intern will meet with the supervisor or other CLEAR staff on a daily basis to identify projects to work on, receive advice and feedback on work undertaken, and stay on track with project deadlines. 

Specific Duties: The CLEAR Summer Intern will:

  1. Assist in researching the impact of CLEAR programs
  2. Help prepare for and participate in trainings (where appropriate)
  3. Assist in researching and developing content for CLEAR websites and webmaps
  4. Attend weekly CLEAR team meetings

Learning Objectives:

  1. The intern will have exposure to a wide range of projects and topics related to land conservation, stormwater management, climate change, and geospatial technologies.
  2. The intern will develop an understanding of how to help municipalities balance protecting natural resources will still achieving other community goals.

Logistics

This is a 24-hour per week job that is envisioned as 3 days per week, but could be otherwise configured upon agreement with the supervisor(s). The intern’s home office will be the Middlesex County Office in Haddam, CT, but there may also be work that will be located on campus at the WB Young Building. The timeframe is 10 weeks, from early June to mid-August, but again some accommodation can be made.  It is possible additional hours could be available and that will be determined as the work product(s) and schedule progress.  The intern must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle to assist in the work schedule.

 

Community Nutrition/Clinical Outpatient Experiences Intern – Farmington, CT

Supervisor: Sharon Gray

Project Responsibilities:

The intern will observe and assist with the summer program outreach via the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) – assist EFNEP staff in carrying out programs to families/youth in summer programs in Hartford , Bristol or New Britain.   May take photos of programs for marketing of EFNEP and/or do program write up for newsletters.   May develop program materials as needed at office location.  Would assist EFNEP staff in carrying out summer youth or adult community nutrition workshops. May also shadow RD ( Sherry Gray) at CT Children’s Medical Center in outpatient Genetics setting – including clinical shadow experiences in  Metabolic clinics and follow up activities for patient population( inborn errors of metabolism). This would be at an office at 11 South Road in Farmington, CT.  This experience would be a specialized interdisciplinary clinical experience operating out of the Genetics Service at CT Children’s Medical Center. As the Supervisor works out of both offices – this gives a unique experience in both community nutrition and outpatient clinical nutrition.  If the intern opted for only community nutrition experiences – could work primary in the EFNEP Program at the Extension office.

Special Considerations:

CT Children’s Medical Center does require a criminal background check, verification of HIPPA training and documentation of vaccines for student shadow experiences that would need to be met; this would be separate from the Extension Internship application, which also requires that employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

Position Details and Logistics:

This internship would be a good experience for a Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate who would like exposure to both community and specialized clinical nutrition settings.  The ideal candidate will be in pursuit of a health or nutrition field, have previous experience working with youth, 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 their own reliable vehicle for transportation.  Timing of this internship is approximately 20 hours per week starting in mid- to late May to mid-to late July 2019.

  1. Learning objectives:
  • Gain awareness and understanding of the unique learning needs of low-income, multi-cultural audiences enrolled in EFNEP
  • Gain understanding of the nutritional concerns of this population and how to best address outreach
  • Gain some understanding of the nutritional needs of patients with metabolic disorders through clinical experiences at CT. Children’s Medical Center
  1. Supervision:
  • The supervisor would meet with the intern on a regular basis to answer questions, provide guidance on any projects and adjust the experience to best meet their interests during the internship experience.  Supervisor would be on site any day that the intern would be working so that schedules overlap.  The intern would also shadow two EFNEP Program staff in the Hartford Extension office, and would drive to community sites for programs.

 

Taste of Mansfield Outreach Intern – Storrs/Mansfield/Vernon, CT

Supervisors: Jiff Martin and Stacey Stearns

Position Description:

The mission of Taste of Mansfield is to connect the community through local food. Launched in 2017, Taste of Mansfield (TOM) helps to promote events that bring members of the community together, showcase delicious local food, and educate attendees about the prosperous agricultural community of Mansfield, Connecticut.  Examples of TOM-promoted events include community dinners at the Middle School, a Family Fun Night at the Community Center, and a guided hike on a local farm. In the summer of 2019, the outreach intern will take the lead in launching a new Taste of Mansfield Business Hero initiative, targeting restaurants and retailers that sell or serve local food.  The intern should have their own reliable vehicle for periodic transportation to help facilitate the program’s rollout.

Taste of Mansfield is a collaborative effort supported by: Mansfield Agriculture Committee, Mansfield Economic Development Commission, Storrs Farmers Market, Mansfield Public Schools Food Services, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield Parks and Recreation, Mansfield Senior & Wellness Center, Mansfield Advocates for Children, and UConn Extension.

Responsibilities:

  1. Develop list of Mansfield businesses that sell or serve local food (the list would include farm stands, restaurants, and a few unexpected retailers like the Mansfield Supply Hardware store)
  2. Work with supervisors and key partners (listed below) to finalize criteria for recognizing a ‘TOM Business Hero’
  3. Work with a graphics designer, with input from supervisors and key partners, to create a ‘TOM Business Hero’ sign
  4. Outreach to list of Mansfield businesses to determine which businesses might qualify as a Business Hero, based on evidence of selling or serving local food.
  5. Outreach to owners of targeted businesses (that meet our threshold of commitment to selling and serving local food) and invite them to be recognized as a TOM Business Hero in return for displaying our sign and possibly other communication materials.
  6. Assemble content about Business Heroes that can be used online and in social media (photos, logos, quotes, blurbs)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop skills in outreach to small businesses
  2. Gain experience working on a team-based community initiative
  3. Gain experience working with a graphics designer to create signage for public display
  4. Learn about the nuances of promoting local food and agriculture, its opportunities and limitations
  5. Strengthen ability to create messages/content and place in chosen media channels.

Supervisors:

  1. Jiff Martin, Associate Extension Educator in Sustainable Food Systems (lives in Mansfield with an office in Vernon). Jiff is embedded in all activities of this project, and will meet with the intern in person in Storrs on a weekly basis. She is also available for zoom call check ins. If the intern is able to travel to Vernon, desk space can be provided which will help with in-person collaboration.
  2. Stacey Stearns, UConn Extension Program Specialist (office in Storrs). Stacey will provide additional supervision as she is based in Storrs, can help locate desk space as needed, and serves in a personal capacity as the chair of the Mansfield Agriculture Committee.  Stacey is also able to have weekly check-ins or possibly more if needed.
  3. Additional Key partners in this project that will meet with the intern occasionally:

Cynthia Van Zelm - Downtown Storrs Partnership

Jen Kaufman – Mansfield Parks & Recreation

Ben Wiles – Updike, Kelly, Spellacy P.C.

Timeline:

The work should begin on or about May 15th  and finish in late July. This internship requires 180 hours total commitment, averaging 20 hours per week.   If the project needs additional time commitment and the intern is available, the number of hours for this internship can be increased in consultation with the supervisors.


 

Marketing Intern - Storrs, CT

Supervisor: Stacey Stearns

Position Description
UConn Extension is on a collaborative journey. We co-create knowledge with farmers, families, communities, and businesses. We educate. We convene groups to help solve problems. The marketing intern will work on existing campaigns and have the opportunity to design, implement, and analyze a social marketing campaign on Extension.

Projects will build on marketing initiatives completed by School of Business marketing students. The intern will work in the UConn Extension office in Storrs, CT to develop marketing materials. The goal of the marketing initiatives is to increase awareness about Extension to new target audiences, including UConn students, faculty, and staff. Ideal candidates are marketing, communications, digital media and design, or agricultural resource economics majors.

Responsibilities:

  1. Continue implementation of the 4-H volunteer campaign developed by the business students in the spring 2019 semester.
  2. Develop and implement a social media marketing campaign around #AskUConnExtension.
  3. Assist with capturing and analyzing metrics for marketing initiatives including social media, websites, and customer relationship management (CRM) system.
  4. Manage and update CRM, developing campaigns and curating contacts.
  5. Develop marketing initiatives using websites, email marketing and social media for a specified target audience (example: home owners). Intern will work with supervisor to select the target audience. Develop strategies to maintain the campaign after the internship ends.
  6. Create content for Extension. Examples include: website, YouTube videos, and publications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Expand application of marketing concepts to challenges faced by Extension.
  2. Gain experience working in a team setting and with multiple customers.
  3. Enhance ability to analyze customer service practices and attitudes.
  4. Strengthen ability to create messages/content and place in chosen media channels.

 

 

• Accepting applications for all internships now through 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2019

• Available to current UConn freshmen, sophomores, juniors those seniors due to graduate in either August 2019 or December 2019 are eligible to apply for and be selected for this program. 

• To preview and access the Application Form, click here.

 

(Complete applications will include a completed application form, résumé and current transcript submitted through the Application Form accessible above)

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