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Agriculture 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. 


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


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. 


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

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.

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.


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


Internships are offered throughout Minnesota, based on availability. 

Learn more

Read more about the internship experience:

"Veteran's budding career plan grows with Extension internship"

 “Eye-opening experiences for agricultural interns.”


Discover new summer internship positions within Extension:

Extension's Current Position Openings


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