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"I like working with and being an integral part of a community. The relationships built with farmers, 4-H'ers, and community leaders really make this career enjoyable."
Adam Probst, Woodford County

“If you have a program idea but don't know how to get started, chances are that somewhere within the nationwide network of extension agents is someone who can help you." -Kevin Lindsay, Fayette County

Beth Wilson
“As an agent, you are trained to give the best possible solution to a real-world problem. There's a lot of satisfaction in that. You are not micromanaged by a supervisor. You must be internally driven to provide information to residents of your county and to address issues vital to your own community."
-Beth Wilson, Pulaski County















Intern Program

Intern applications for the Summer of 2015 will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014. Application deadline is December 31, 2014.

The Extension Summer Intern Program allows college students to work in a professional role in one of our County or State Extension Offices for 12 weeks during the summer. By working closely with County Extension Agents or Extension Specialists, students learn if Extension is a career they would like to pursue upon graduation. The program's success is enhanced by the inclusion of a diverse group of students, some who have prior knowledge of our programs and some who do not.

The Summer Intern Program includes these features:

  1. There is a County Extension Office in every county in Kentucky.  In each Extension Office the professional positions include County Extension Agents for Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth Development.  Some counties also have Extension Agents for Horticulture and/or Fine Arts.  County based interns are assigned a supervising agent according to their background and interest.
  1. The internship may also be in a state or area office working with Extension Specialists in the area of Agriculture, 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Community Resource Development.
  1. Our interns have a variety of majors.  An area of Family & Consumer Sciences or Agriculture are needed to work in these two areas.  That includes majors like Nutrition, Family Studies, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, etc.  The 4-H Youth Development positions do not have a required major.  An interest and desire to work with young people is most important.  In addition to Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture, some of our students in this area have had majors in Education, Social Work, Recreation, Public Relations, and Psychology.
  1. Interns learn first-hand if Extension is a career they would like to pursue.  Many of our County Extension agents were at one time Summer Interns.
  1. This is a full-time position.  Interns will be paid a salary of $1700.00 per month (before taxes) and receive reimbursements for job related travel expenses.  Their hours will be the same as the Extension professional with whom they are working.  They will likely average 50 hours per week.
  1. Students can go through their college’s co-op/experiential education department or through a sponsoring faculty member to earn college credit hours for the internships.
  1. Interns must have completed at least four semesters (sophomore or junior status.)  Preference is given to juniors and seniors.
  1. Housing in college dormitories is provided for out-of-state students, if needed.
  1. Depending on their placement, the intern’s role will vary greatly.  Interns can expect that as a part of their professional role they may be interacting a great deal with the public, giving presentations, producing radio programs, writing newsletters, or news articles, attending one week of 4-H Camp, and/or participating in Extension sponsored meetings and field days.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014.  Application deadline is December 31, 2014.  Applicants should know by mid-March if they are selected for a position.

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