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General Job Description and Qualifications

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Summer Internship Program

General Job Description and Qualifications 

  • Works with Extension Agents and program and office staff to coordinate and implement hands-on, educational program events and activities. 
  • Participates in meetings where local issues are identified and prioritized, and program results and plans are discussed. 
  • Assists in preparations for planned events and activities by gathering information, assembling materials, contacting participants, and soliciting support from external sources. 
  • As appropriate, conducts the teaching, training, or other program presentations. 
  • Seeks information from mentors and colleagues regarding the history, purpose and mission of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 
  • In some cases, the intern may identify and develop a value-added process, program, or training tool that may be implemented within the hosting unit’s current operations. This contribution should provide a substantial addition to the intern’s resume as practical and applicable work experience. 
  • Maintains a log, blog, or journal, as outlined by the Internship Coordinator, outlining internship experiences in order to complete the required record of the internship. 
  • Completes and submits a record of internship at the conclusion of the internship. 
  • Compensation: Interns will work up to 40 hours per week for a maximum of 10 weeks in the summer at a rate of $10-$12/hour. Housing is not provided. 
  • A complete listing of host sites and location-specific project description information can be found at Internship Host Locations. 
  • Interns may be required to report on their experiences as part of a summer internship showcase or similar events(s).
  • Some internships may include work with the NC State Plant Science Initiative. Applicants may inquire with the County Extension Director regarding this opportunity. 

Internship Qualifications 

  • We are seeking students enrolled in the full spectrum of agronomy, animal science, horticultural science, youth development, nutrition, food science, family and consumer sciences, agribusiness/economics, communications, biological and & agricultural engineering, and agricultural and extension education. 
  • Student applicants must be currently accepted for or enrolled in, a four-year accredited college or university in a course of study relevant to the work of Extension. 
  • Students enrolled in Graduate school are also eligible. 
  • Must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale at the time of application (exceptions will be considered with substantial justification). 
  • Interns must be eligible to work in the United States. Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to work effectively and build relationships with others. 
  • Must have good organization and planning skills, and be able to demonstrate effective project coordination, facilitation, and implementation based on past work or school experiences. 
  • Must possess deductive reasoning skills and be able to analyze and synthesize information for problem-solving. 
  • Experience working with volunteers and youth is preferred. 
  • Must have a personal commitment to working with diverse clientele and colleagues. 
  • NC State policy requires that employees transporting minors must be 21 years old or older. Therefore, some positions may require the successful candidate to be 21 years old or older. Applicants may be asked to confirm their age during a job interview. 
  • This position requires travel connected with official duties, including attendance at night and weekend meetings. (Mileage reimbursement will be provided.) As such, applicants must be willing to travel and work flexible hours.