General Job Description and Qualifications

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 internship. Completes and submits 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.

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 science, agribusiness/economics, communications, bio & ag engineering, agricultural education. Please see the specific Host Location’s description for specific requirements of each potential internship.
  • 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.
  • Student applicants must have completed their junior year prior to the start of the internship (classified as senior)
  • Must have a 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 communications 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.

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 within the local area and work flexible hours.