Internship Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment with UConn Extension

Looking to get experience in the field and unsure where to start? Consider applying for a Summer 2021 Internship through the UConn Extension Internship Program in one of the many offered disciplines to get hands-on involvement and enhance your professional development.

What is UConn Extension?  UConn Extension is the premiere public engagement program at the University of Connecticut. Extension has eight offices in strategic locations statewide as well as the Sea Grant office at the Avery Point campus and the administrative office on the Storrs campus. Extension programs cover the full spectrum of topics related to food, health, and sustainability. Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of the 169 municipalities across the state. Extension has approximately 100 faculty and staff in the Department of Extension with another 20 faculty and staff with partial Extension appointments in the academic departments of the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

What Kinds of experiences are available this summer? For summer 2021, Extension Internships will have an emphasis in the following areas:

  • Food
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Sustainability
  • Research
  • Agribusiness
  • Youth Education
  • Community Development
  • Marketing

Most of these roles are for an average of 18-20 hours per week over the 10 week summer period with some requiring a bit of weekend and/or evening hours, although these circumstances vary by position. Some of these positions for employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

Who can apply for an Extension Internship? UConn Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible, and applications should be submitted via Handshake. Applications close on April 5. To find an internship position, visit Handshake, click “jobs” and then type Extension, or click here to view the list, and copy and paste titles into Handshake.

Want to hear about a former Intern’s experience? Hear what Nikki Pirtel has to say about her Climate Corps internship experience.

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By Jessica Buller
Jessica Buller Career Consultant