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Ag, Food and Natural Resources Internship Program

The three people in view are in a field of grain. Abby and Colleen are wearing Extension polo shirts. Abby is looking at the farmer, Ron while he talks.

In this paid internship program, interns work closely with Extension educators to learn how Extension translates science-based knowledge for use across Minnesota. 

The three main components of the internship are completing Extension educator-selected project(s); networking with other interns, educators and specialists in Extension; and learning about the people who work together to achieve Extension’s mission.

Who

Intern Emma Severns looks at cover crops in a green field with a farmer

Undergraduate students from the U of M or elsewhere interested in crops, livestock, horticulture, natural resources, communicating science or serving their community. 

What

The University of Minnesota Extension summer program gives students a season to learn with educators and communities. 

Past projects include:

  • Help maintain cover crop plot areas, collect data and prepare materials for a plot tour.
  • Script and record clips to air on local radio stations and write for local news outlets.
  • Work with educators to develop curriculum, including creating teaching tools.
  • Develop a farm safety video series including storyboarding, filming, editing and sharing. 
Intern is in dairy barn with cow to the left and participants to the right. She is wearing plastic boots and carrying papers.

When

The internships are held each summer for 10 to 12 weeks. Applications are accepted each December and January. Internships are full time, but there is flexibility based on interns’ school schedules. 

Where

Internships are offered throughout Minnesota, based on availability. 

Why

Work on rewarding projects that make a difference in your community while gaining hands-on experience and building your resume. 

Learn more and apply! 

Read more about the internship experience: “U of M Extension intern explores agriculture up north” and “Eye-opening experiences for agricultural interns.”

Reviewed in 2021

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