The summer internship program is a collaboration between the Florida Cooperative Extension Service and the Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. Students participating in this paid internship will work with county Extension faculty to deliver educational programming throughout the state of Florida. Together with the local Extension agent, students will work in one or more of these program areas:
What is the goal of the Internship Program?
The internship program's goal is to benefit interns through a unique service learning opportunity and mentoring by professional educators while providing support to Extension Agents and the communities they serve.
What is the Extension Service?
The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is the outreach component of UF/IFAS. Its mission is to extend knowledge to the public and encourage the application of research. Extension covers a specific range of topics, which include agriculture, natural resources, energy conservation, marine education, sustainability, family living, and youth development. Each of Florida's sixty-seven counties has an Extension office.
What is the Graham Center?
The Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida is committed to providing students, faculty, and citizens the substantive knowledge, analytic skills, and ethical frameworks necessary for addressing policy issues in a responsible and effective manner. Through the Minor in Public Leadership, the Graham Center provides students with the skills and knowledge critical to serving as effective and ethical public leaders.
What are the qualifications for the internship position?
Interns should be at least college juniors or seniors who are currently enrolled and maintaining at least a 2.8 GPA.
Do I have to be an Ag major?
We are not limiting appointments to students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. However, you should be majoring in a subject related to the programs taught in our county offices. This internship will be of special interest to students planning to participate or already participating in the minor for Public Leadership in the Graham Center.
What are my responsibilities as an intern?
Interns will be asked to plan and teach programs at the local level under the supervision of an Extension Agent.
What county will I be assigned to if I am accepted?
Interns will be matched with counties acceptable to them. Interns must also be acceptable to the recipient county.
How many hours is the internship?
The internship program is forty hours per week for eight weeks with a maximum of 320 hours.
When does the Internship begin?
This internship is a summer program. Once a student has been placed in a county, the student will work with the local Extension agent to determine the exact start date and program calendar for the internship. The dates are somewhat flexible according to the needs of the student and the county schedule.
How much will each intern be paid?
Interns will be paid $560 per week ($14 per hour for eight weeks).
Will I receive academic credit for this internship?
This internship does not provide academic credit. Students should check with their college or department about the possibility of arranging academic credit for their internship.
Will my living expenses be covered during the internship?
No, there are no funds available to help with living expenses in the counties. Some counties may be able to make local arrangements.