Summer 2017 Internships
Gain valuable in-the-field experience in your chosen discipline at an in-state Extension office location.
• Food • Nutrition • Health • Sustainability • Research
• Agribusiness • Youth Education • Community Development
Get paid while learning and working in a career-oriented role. Most of these roles are for a minimum 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.
Application and instructions are at the bottom of the page.
Possible summer internship opportunities with Extension include:
Marketing Intern - Storrs, CT
The marketing intern will assist in research, development and implementation of marketing, business development and public relations plans for UConn Extension. The intern will work in the UConn Extension office in Storrs to develop marketing channels to reach key program audiences. The intern will also conduct research on Extension audiences and provide actionable tips and advice for expanding reach in their digital space. One key audience the student will focus on is UConn students. In addition the intern will work to Identify local influence centers for Extension programs (student organizations, schools, hospitals, agriculture organizations, community groups, youth programs); develop a marketing strategy; create content for social media accounts and blog, including organizing cross-platform content strategies; develop new social media campaigns from the ground up, considering audience needs and industries which will be done on a program level (one or two programs), and one will be completed for all of Extension; and assist with capturing and analyzing metrics for social media and other communication channels.
One Health Activities in College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources Intern (CAHNR) – Storrs, CT
This intern will work with a faculty member to search for One Health related activities in CAHNR, obtain additional information on these activities from Departments, and consolidate this information on a web page, using the new Extension webpage template. Links to other One Health resources will be investigated and incorporated as appropriate. Responsibilities include working with Departmental representatives to develop, revise and update content for integration into the new web page, producing short videos for the web page to highlight Departmental efforts in this area, and producing general content to help integrate the various departmental components, all in close collaboration with the faculty mentor. The intern will also assist the faculty mentor in producing other educational products (presentations, brochures) as needed to promote CAHNR and One Health at UConn.
One Health is the term used to describe the interactions among human health, animal health and environmental health. Numerous activities of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and its member Departments reflect these One Health components, but they may not always be recognized as being encompassed under the One Health umbrella. The goal of this internship is to assist Pathobiology & Veterinary Sciences Extension faculty in developing a web-based home that will highlight One Health related activities in research, teaching, and extension programming in the CAHNR, allowing opportunity for Departments to highlight their activities and promote interactions. This is an opportunity for an independent worker with good interpersonal skills as well as an interest in, and working understanding of, animal, human and environmental health, to work closely with faculty to develop an educational product that will be put into immediate use. Requirements include a basic knowledge of web page development.
Agricultural Water Use Intern – Storrs, CT
This intern will be responsible for data management and analysis of the weekly agricultural water use and precipitation data; development of educational modules (traditional and web-based) related to water conservation and drought preparedness; preparation of irrigation history reports for grant applicants; and support the efforts of the developing Long Island Sound water quality project. The intern will engage with the implementation of a conservation partnership project with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and acquire new knowledge and experience in data management, analysis and visualization. The intern will also participate in the development of education modules for farmers, gardeners, home-owners and laypeople, and cultivate oral and written communication skills through diverse projects. The intern will be strongly encouraged to job shadow other team members in their projects in the field, and also accompany the supervisor to networking and professional events, depending on the intern’s interest. The intern will need to be able to work independently, and have use of their own vehicle for work-related travel.
4-H Research Intern – Managed out of Bethel, CT office but can work remotely with regular meetings taking place in West Hartford, CT
The CT 4-H Team is initiating a state wide research project to determine if 4-H STEM/leadership programs improve the science literary or leadership of youth enrolled in 4-H. Responsibilities and opportunities of the 4-H research intern will be to conduct a literature review on the impacts of out of school STEM and/or leadership programs. Additionally, the intern will support 4-H research project team in identifying the research problem, developing project demographics, participant criteria, an organizational chart that will the guide the research project, project design and research questions. The intern can work remotely, and will have supervisory meetings in the West Hartford area. The ideal candidate will have initiative, be able to work as part of a team and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
4-H Program Intern – Norwich, CT
The Intern will assist the New London County 4-H Program Coordinator in providing outreach through the delivery of 4-H programs, assisting in the preparation and weekend duties of the New London County 4-H Fair, assist in 4-H promotion through social media, and assist in managing administrative duties as required by the 4-H program. The intern will learn planning, preparation, and youth/classroom management skills for outreach programs. Topics for 4-H programs include STEM and Nutrition/Healthy Lifestyle programs. They will learn to be proactive in planning for activities and programs, and in working as a team player. They will learn communication skills, in reporting on their program, in communication effectively in youth, and in working with community agencies to set up 4-H programs. There is a summer youth employment teen who will accompany the intern to community programs. The right intern for the position understands the importance of reliability, enthusiasm, and cooperation. This position provides valuable experience for students in education or family studies, or who wish to explore Extension outreach through families and youth.
4-H Program Intern – Haddam, CT
The summer internship in Middlesex County will be working with the State 4-H Horse Program and the Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair Program. The intern must have a working knowledge of the 4-H Equine program on the state level and New England level for Eastern States. They must have the ability to help run a horse show, an understanding of veterinary paperwork, the ability to process Eastern States Applications, and to administer a full training for both participants and parents attending the Eastern States Program, with regard to the New England 4-H Horse Show. They must have experience with 4-H fair data entry, an understanding of access database management, extensive experience with 4-H verification forms for all species, an understanding of the Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair entry forms and excellent phone skill to manage the mistakes made on both these types of forms. They will be expected to be at the fairgrounds the majority of the weekend (July 31-Aug 2 – in Durham) with minimal time off. They will also need to coordinate the following aspects of the fair: parking passes (presale and distribution) 4-H Fair camping area management (including making and distributing passes to all campers) Sound Equipment management and pulling show announcement. They need to be available for any data entry questions, verification paperwork issues, and other jobs deemed important at the time.
Online Mapping Technologies for Stormwater Management Internship – Haddam, CT
This Intern will assist the NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officers) program at the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) to develop outreach tools and resources to promote green stormwater infrastructure practices. One of these projects will be an online map of green stormwater infrastructure practices on the UConn campus that can be used as a walking tour via smartphone technology. The intern will be responsible for collecting data points on a smartphone using apps, taking photos, entering data into online forms, and organizing data presentation online. Requirements of this component include being able to move around campus, and use a smartphone. Additionally, the intern will be collecting similar data points for other green stormwater infrastructure practices around the state, and entering data into an app created by UConn Extension. Intern must have use of their own vehicle for work-related travel.
Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and CT ECO Geospatial Internship - Haddam, CT
This internship is an opportunity to assist geospatial professionals at the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) in developing and conducting hands-on educational workshops for the public in geographic information system (GIS) science, smartphone GPS mapping and online mapping. The intern will work closely with CLEAR’s Geospatial Educators to curate content for several workshops scheduled for summer 2017. Responsibilities include evaluating and revising content, creating web resources including documentation, web maps, and video tutorials. The intern will assist CLEAR educators and students (teens and adults) at 1, 2 and 3-day workshops. The intern will interact with participants before, during and after the workshops to provide guidance and answer basic questions. This is an opportunity to gain exposure to teaching in an informal setting outside the traditional academic environment. Requirements include a basic understanding of geospatial technology, coursework in GIS as well as an interest in outreach and education. Strong communication, verbal and writing skills are important and basic web development experience is a plus. Intern will be provided with technical assistance on the tools and concepts used in the workshops as well as technical assistance in web development, instructional content development and presentation.
Community Nutrition Programming Intern – Bethel, CT
The intern working in community nutrition programming in Fairfield County will have the opportunity to work with two federal nutrition programs EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) and SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education). Responsibilities and opportunities will include teaching small and large groups, working with adults and children, conducting cooking demonstrations and assisting in developing materials for programs. This internship will provide an opportunity to engage in hands-on education with the public. The EFNEP program works in the community to help income-challenged parents to learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and quality of life. An intern would assist with preparing and assist with implementing a 10 week gardening and nutrition program with parents and children in Norwalk, a 4 week 4H summer afterschool program with teens in Bridgeport, and farmers’ market nutrition education with the general public in Danbury. Please anticipate and be available to travel within Fairfield county, assist with programs in the evenings (at least 1 night each week) and four Saturday mornings over the summer. The ideal candidate will be in pursuit of a health or nutrition field and have some previous experience working with youth or in customer service. This will be an ideal summer experience for a student planning to pursue a degree in nutrition or dietetics, apply for a dietetic internship, and/or plans to become a Registered-Dietitian Nutritionist.
Community Development Intern – Managed out of Bethel, CT office but will work remotely with regular WebEx meetings taking place between the supervisors and intern
This internship offers a great opportunity for an individual to gain skills in community data analysis, outreach, and applied evaluation research by contributing to UConn's Extension programs in Community & Economic Development. The team member will work closely with the Community & Economic Development Educator to implement research, analysis and marketing for the First Impressions Community Exchange program and the Connecticut Trail Census. First Impressions is a structured community assessment that offers a fresh perspective on the appearance, services and infrastructure of communities through the eyes of first time visitors. Internship activities may include: conducting phone interview or survey based evaluations with communities that have participated in Connecticut’s First Impressions program, documenting and summarizing evaluation data using Excel, conducting online research, and creating marketing materials or writing for the website http://communities.extension.uconn.edu/. The second component of the internship involves the Connecticut Trail Census. This is a volunteer data collection program on multi-use trails (bike-pedestrian) throughout the state of Connecticut. The first intercept survey data will be collected in May 2017 so there may be opportunities for the intern to work with volunteers participating in this program. The Community Development intern will assist with analysis of this intercept and infrared counter data. This work will be largely self-directed so weekly supervisory check-ins will be expected, but there are no required office hours for this role.
4-H Program Intern – Vernon, CT
This intern will be involved with planning and implementing the 4-day 4-H Food Camp Revolution summer camp and working with the 4-H Fair Association and the teen 4-H Fairboard for the planning and execution of the Tolland County 4-H Fair. Previous experience working with youth and familiarity with the MarTech Blue Ribbon Computer System is desired.
Sustainable Food Systems Research Intern – Vernon, CT
This intern will be responsible for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) research including: Researching and analyzing prices of CSA farms that are advertised for summer 2017; Updating current list of CSA farms for 2017 season; and Researching CSAs selling to campuses and writing a news article about the topic for CT media outlets. The intern will also be implementing a new market report for small farm pricing of selected items, assisting with outreach and programming related to our BuyCTgrown program (buyctgrown.com), and our Put Local On Your Tray program (putlocalonyourtray.uconn.edu). The Tolland County Extension Center office is a shared workspace, where there is exciting interaction with team members that work on FoodCorps, CT Food Justice VISTA Project, the Put Local On Your Tray Program and the Solid Ground Farmer Training Program. The intern will be strongly encouraged to job shadow other team members in their projects in the field, and also accompany the supervisor to networking and professional events, depending on the intern’s interest. The ideal candidate will have research competency, a strong interest in the topic of local food, experience as a CSA member or have worked on a CSA farm, photography skills, be reliable, friendly and flexible in a shared workspace. Intern must have use of their own vehicle for work-related travel.
4-H Program Intern – Torrington, CT
This intern will teach and evaluate programs and work with management and operations of the Litchfield County 4-H Fair. The 4-H Summer Intern works under the supervision of the 4-H Educator. The intern should have a desire to work with youth in an informal educational setting. A working knowledge of the 4-H program helpful, but is not required. Tasks include working with other summer interns to teach a series of educational programs for summer recreational groups and day camps, and working at the 4-H Fair in Litchfield County. Intern must have their own vehicle for work-related travel.
Hartford County 4-H Fair and Marketing Intern – West Hartford, CT
This intern will assist with organizing the Hartford County 4-H Summer Programs including Fair and marketing the 4-H program. The intern will have an opportunity to work with youth and adults in preparing for the fair and other summer 4-H programs, coordinating administrative tasks, marketing 4-H through various communication methods, as well as assisting with the weekend tasks of the fair. The intern in this position will develop an understanding of UConn Extension/4-H, develop skills in program planning and working with youth. Opportunities will be provided for the intern to gain exposure to various aspects of Extension and 4-H programming throughout the summer. Experience working with youth and/or 4-H is preferred but not required. This position will be based out of the Hartford County 4-H Office. Work sites may include annual fair, club meetings, and the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm. Intern must have their own vehicle for work-related travel.
Hartford County 4-H Education Intern – West Hartford, CT
This Hartford County 4-H Intern will engage in various aspects of 4-H program delivery. The intern may assist with administrative tasks such as processing data and volunteer management in addition to the development of STEM and youth development instructional resources and lessons, as well as the delivery of 4-H programs. Work sites may include the annual fair, club meetings, and the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm. The intern in this position will develop an understanding of UConn Extension/4-H and develop skills in program design and instruction in various settings. Intern must have their own vehicle for work-related travel.
Climate Adaptation Academy (CAA) Interns (2 interns needed) – Haddam, Groton, and/or Storrs, CT
These two interns will work with Extension faculty on UConn’s new Climate Corps program. The Climate Corps is a new service learning project at UConn involving CLEAR and Sea Grant (Dept. of Extension), Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering. The interns will work closely with Extension Faculty as well as with municipal officials and relevant professionals on vulnerability assessments related to climate adaptation specifically focused on the needs of Connecticut’s municipalities and citizens. Interns will attend appropriate meetings both internal to UConn and in various municipalities. The interns will work with faculty and municipal officials on vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructure and adaptation strategies and policies appropriate for adoption in municipal Plans of Conservation and Development. They will independently develop content for the Adapt CT website: research current, pertinent climate adaptation news and resources, take photographs and write blogs, interview UConn faculty on topics related to climate adaptation. In addition the interns will research what other states provide for guidance to municipalities on climate adaptation issues. Interns must have use of their own vehicle for work-related travel.
4-H Program Intern – North Haven, CT
This intern will plan, implement and evaluate Discover Science through 4-H workshops. These workshops will support the monthly mailings being sent to youth 7-12 years. The workshops will be organized in a series – either once weekly though July and August or a week long program (to be determined in consultation with intern and this supervisor). The intern will also assist with conducting the Middlesex & New Haven 4-H Fair held at the fairgrounds in Durham July 22 - August 12. Duties would include preparing supplies, contacting judges, assisting with training and managing of both youth officers and adult volunteers, inventorying supplies, coordinating last minute needs and requests of participants and their parents. They will be expected to be at the fairgrounds the majority of the weekend (Aug 4-6) with minimal time off. Also, the intern will assist with improving current social media used by this educator including Facebook, the County 4-H website, Instagram and Twitter so having proficient social media skills is necessary in this role.
4-H Program/Farm Agriculture Intern – Brooklyn, CT
This intern will participate in UConn Extension community outreach programs by shadowing and assisting Extension Educators in the areas of 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture. They will also learn from other Center staff and through interaction with the public at the Windham County Extension Center and in other community based settings. Intern must have their own vehicle for work-related travel. Specific activities in this role include:
- 4-H STEM mini-camps: assist 4-H educator with facilitation of 4-H summer STEM outreach program to children/youth in town recreation/public library camps.
- County 4-H Fair: help 4-H members use leadership skills to plan and execute a successful fair experience, and assist 4-H staff with planning, data management and securing necessary materials for all fair related activities.
- 4-H Program: assist the 4-H educator with other program related tasks as necessary.
- Agriculture: work with the Extension Educator and program assistant to re-establish the Farmer Learner Group among area farms.
Internships located at non-Extension locations
Summary of Dominion/UConn Carbon Oxygen Time Series (DUCOS)
This project is UConn’s pioneering time series in surface carbon dioxide and dissolved oxygen in eastern Long Island Sound (LIS) launched in January 2017 with the support of the Dominion Foundation’s educational grants initiative. It is producing the first continuous record of these gases in Long Island Sound with the goal of providing a long term data record to reveal regional short and long term changes in these environmentally relevant gases.
Dominion Data Analyst Intern – University of Connecticut’s Dept. of Marine Sciences at Avery Point in Groton, CT.
This intern will perform a wide variety of research and related tasks in support of this effort, including maintaining the instrumentation, data analysis, quality control for both dissolved carbon dioxide and oxygen time series data and developing outreach materials for a dedicated DUCOS website. The intern will be expected to work closely with the principal investigator, graduate and other undergraduate students involved in the project and attend regular group meetings. The intern should have excellent oral and written communication skills, be a self-starter, and have an interest in and understanding of global and local environmental policy/science.
Dominion Time Series Interface Designer Intern – University of Connecticut’s Dept. of Marine Sciences at Avery Point in Groton, CT.
This intern will design a user friendly interface for the DUCOS website that will display time series data in both graphical and numerical presentations. The intern will also create a time series archive where users may access historical time series data as it is generated. The intern will be expected to work closely with the principal investigator, graduate and other undergraduate students involved in the project and attend regular group meetings. The intern should have excellent website, data handling and written communication skills, be a self-starter, and have an interest in and understanding of global and local environmental policy/science. Geospatial knowledge/experience is a plus.
• Accepting applications now through 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 26, 2017
• Apply now through the HuskyCareerLink website under Company Name: UConn Extension System and Job Title: Agricultural Extension Internship
• To preview the application form, click here.
(Complete applications will include application, résumé and current transcript provided as one PDF document)