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Summer Internship Program

What is the goal of the internship program?

The internship program’s goal is for interns to learn more about careers in Extension, to expand extension experience among candidates for future employment, and to increase support of unit offices during the summer months. Interns benefit from a unique service learning opportunity and mentoring by professional agents while providing support to Extension agents and the communities they serve.

What is North Carolina Cooperative Extension?

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is a dynamic organization that advocates positive change for more productive lives and vibrant communities. NCCE’s mission is to enable people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs. If that mission appeals to you, we encourage you to learn more about us by applying to be an intern.

What are the qualifications for the internship position?

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Interns are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA (or be a current Graduate student). See the Job Description page for more information.

Do I have to be an agriculture major?

Students should have a major in a subject related to the programs offered in our unit offices. Extension professionals work in a variety of areas, including family and consumer sciences, agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, 4-H youth development, and community viability.

Will I receive academic credit for this internship?

Interns are encouraged to seek academic credit for this internship experience and should check with their department about the possibility of arranging academic credit for their internship. In the Agricultural and Extension Education academic program, Dr. Joseph Donaldson coordinates two courses for summer interns who are also enrolled at NC State during the summer: AEE 423, Practicum in Agricultural Extension/Industry (8 undergraduate credit hours) AEE 841, Practicum in Agricultural and Extension Education (1-6 graduate credit hours)

Also, students completing the Extension summer internship are encouraged to check out the Extension Education minor offered by the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences. Contact Dr. Donaldson (; 919-515-1758) to learn more.

What are my responsibilities as an intern?

Interns are expected to contribute to the Extension educational programs in the resident unit.

The intern will receive valuable work experience of an educational programming nature and not simply engage in mundane tasks. Review the intern job description for a general understanding of the responsibilities. Specific responsibilities will vary from unit to unit.

How are Intern selections made?

Intern applications are reviewed by NCCE state administration to check that applicants meet the basic qualifications. Applications that are accepted are sent on to county offices. Each county office will then communicate with applicants by phone or in-person interviews after which a final decision will be made about intern selection.

How many hours is the internship?

The internship program is 40 hours per week for a maximum of 10 weeks. However, this position requires flexible work hours, including attendance at night and weekend meetings and events.

When does the internship begin?

This internship is a summer program. the candidate will start in the County in mid- May working a 10 week session ending the end of July with Memorial Day and 4th of July as University Holidays. (this follows the 10 week summer session)

How much will each intern be paid?

Interns will be paid $12 per hour, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Is an intern’s work-related travel expenses covered?

Any work-related travel expenses, other than travel to and from work, will be paid by Extension.

Will an intern’s living expenses be covered during the internship?

No, there are no funds available to help with living expenses in the counties. However, some counties may be able to make local arrangements.