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NC State Summer Extension Internship Program

Imagine a career in which you can make a positive difference in the community every day. Imagine a career where you teach people, and your classroom is a farm, field, factory, forest, home, or community. You are invited to apply to NC State Extension’s Summer Internship Program, an experience that will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career!
Interns will assist Extension Agents through programs such as Master Gardeners, crop protection, diabetes cooking classes, and 4-H livestock projects. Extension internships offer a first-hand view of Extension careers. For these internships, we are seeking students whose academic background is relevant to Extension, especially: agricultural and Extension education; agricultural and resource economics; animal science; applied ecology; biological and agricultural engineering; communications; crop and soil sciences; entomology and plant pathology; family and consumer sciences, food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; horticultural science; nutrition; plant and microbial biology; poultry science; public administration; youth development; and others. In 2020, 30 internships are available across North Carolina.
  • Northeast District: Chowan, Edgecombe, Pasquotank, Pitt, and Washington Counties
  • Southeast District: Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Lenoir, New Hanover, and Pender Counties
  • South Central District: Catawba, Cumberland, Gaston, Iredell, Richmond, Rowan, and Union Counties
  • North Central District: Chatham, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph Counties
  • West District: Burke, Cherokee, Caldwell, Cleveland, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties

Interns are compensated $12 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Learn more about each specific internship and county by checking out our Internship Locations page. Our FAQ page includes information about qualifications, academic credit, and more. NC State students apply in ePack. The job title is “NC Cooperative Extension Summer Internship,” and the ID number is 118324. Applicants must submit the following by February 14:

  • Two references with contact information
  • A resume that includes their major and current GPA
  • Latest college or university transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • A list of specific county location(s) to which the applicant is applying

Students from other institutions should email complete application materials in pdf format to Ms. Desiree Mallon, A fact sheet describing the program is attached. Direct questions to or 919-515-1758. Best wishes!

Joseph L. Donaldson, PhD
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist