Each summer, Extension welcomes undergraduate students interested in crops, livestock, horticulture, natural resources or communicating science as interns throughout Minnesota.
Interns work closely with Extension educators and learn how we translate science-based knowledge for use across Minnesota. For example, Abby Maunu, a student at the University of Minnesota Crookston pursuing an agricultural education degree, was an intern in 2021. She is from Glencoe and was able to gain a network of resources and to experience a wide range of Minnesota’s agriculture industry.
“Interns broaden the scope of what a local county educator like me can accomplish,” says Colleen Carlson, the local Extension educator who supervised and mentored Maunu. “Abby handled communications for the field day, has met with a farmer to plan a dairy tour and is helping plan other events in Carver County.”
A fresh perspective
Extension’s agricultural summer interns bring fresh ideas. Extension Educator Troy Salzer said of his 2020 intern, “[Emma Severns] pushed me outside of my comfort zone, especially with COVID and our need to approach traditional education processes in a much different manner. The video skills she brought have been extremely valuable.”
Their work has brought them together with farmers and with Extension researchers and educators providing information.
Severns says she learned from real-life experiences with farmers and their struggles. “I highly encourage anyone interested in ag to apply to the internship,” she says. “You will improve your skills and work with great people.”
Learn more and apply!
Internship applications are reviewed in December and January. Read more about the internships.