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Agriculture and Natural Resources Internship Program

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. 


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. 


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. 

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Have questions? Please contact Betsy Wieland (612-624-7119) or Nathan Winter (320-583-2257).


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