University of Maryland Extension

Extension Student Internship Program

The Extension student internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in hands-on learning, to explore career options, gain experience, and network with potential future employers.

Students will apply what they learn in the classroom and build new skills to expand their experiential knowledge within the Extension system of research and educator outreach.

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing; junior and senior applicants preferred.

WHAT: 250-400 hours of paid, on-the-job training and experience with Extension professionals in various outreach education and research environments.

WHERE: There are 24 Extension offices and four Research & Education Centers throughout the state of Maryland. Find a full list of locations at https://extension.umd.edu/locations.

                                                                                                                                             

How to Apply

Semester selection based on availability.

Interested students should submit the following documents to ttwitty@umd.edu:

  • An essay detailing their interest in an internship and how the experience with Extension will help to achieve their career goals;
  • Preferred work location;
  • Unofficial college transcript.

Upcoming Opportunities

The Agriculture and Food Systems program is exploring development of two potential student internship programs. The first program would offer selected students a hands-on summer experiential learning experience. The second is urban agriculture student internships that would serve Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. metro areas.

Both programs would provide students the opportunity to conduct applied research, and develop and present research-based educational programs under the guidance of University of Maryland Agriculture and Food Systems Extension educators. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week internship, which is expected to align with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Strategic Initiatives, focusing on the Agriculture Careers and Entrepreneurship work of the Agriculture Production Systems Initiative.

Additional Opportunities

Extension also supports other internship opportunities for students from other colleges and degree programs in Extension communications. Students work closely with the program administrator, faculty, and communications staff to develop science communication skills including strategic planning, scientific writing, and public and media outreach on digital platforms. Contact Laura Wormuth at lwormuth@umd.edu for more information on these internship opportunities.

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