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AFNR Summer Interns, Non-UMN Students

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Duluth
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID353260

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Full/Part TimePart-Time


Job Code0001

Employee ClassCivil Service

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Title: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Summer Intern, Non-U of M Students Timeframe: May - August 2023Compensation: $15 per hour. Work related mileage and expenses will be reimbursed. Housing will not be provided.Extension center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)Application review: Application review will commence on March 29, 2023. We will continue to review applications until all positions are filled.
Position Locations: Anoka County, AndoverBlue Earth/LeSueur Counties, Mankato and LeCenterCook County, Grand MaraisPipestone/Murray Counties, Pipestone and SlaytonSt Louis County, Virginia or Duluth About this internship programThe AFNR Internship Program is an educational opportunity for undergraduate college students to learn about adult education regarding agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, and University of Minnesota Extension. Our interdisciplinary approach to education benefits from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, including both urban and rural experiences. Students with backgrounds in a variety of sciences such as: agriculture, biology, horticulture, natural resources, engineering who also have experience in other fields such as education, communications, etc are especially encouraged to apply. Direct experience in agriculture, horticulture, or natural resources is not required.We are strongly committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education, and strongly urge candidates who have engaged in professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply. Extension education involves connecting with people in communities (geographic or interest based) to understand their educational needs regarding AFNR topics, and delivering education in the way that works best for that community. Learn about one intern's experience during 2022 at https://extension.umn.edu/source-magazine/veterans-budding-career-plan-grows-extension-internship.The three main components of the internship are a.) completing a project created by the supervising Extension team (see examples below); b.) networking with other interns, educators and researchers in Extension; and c.) learning in weekly online meetings about the roles and positions that work together to achieve Extension's mission. Interns work 40 hours a week for ten to 12 weeks over the summer. There is flexibility in the start and end dates based on the interns' schedules. These internships are usually eligible for course credit in a professional internship. Consult with your advisor to determine eligibility. There is one application process for multiple internship positions, some requiring little direct experience, some requiring more. Selection for each position will be based on candidates' qualifications as well their interest in the projects and fit with career goals.THESE POSITIONS WILL:1) Contribute to conducting high quality, relevant educational programs by:

  • researching topics for curriculum development
  • adapting curriculum and marketing to reach new audiences
  • creating needs assessments
  • writing curriculum
  • conducting focus groups or
  • creating educational pieces for the media2) Build relationships and networks in the agricultural or natural resource fields.
    • Connect directly with presenters, farmers, non-profits, agency staff, Extension educators and Extension specialists through email, mail and phone.
    • Build targeted relationships with stakeholders, agencies and organizations that support work in communities.3) Develop a unique educational project that cultivates your professional development, for example:
      • Plan, market and conduct educational events for a new audience
      • Participate in current on-farm research efforts by assisting with sampling, site visits and assessments.
      • Develop, administer, and analyze a needs assessment for a specific audience
      • Create engaging social media content for your county's Facebook and Twitter page
      • Answer the public's questions through phone, email and in person communication.


        Required Education:
        • High School diploma or equivalent.
        • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate college student in one of many major programs related to sciences and/or education such as: agribusiness, agricultural education, agricultural communications, animal science, biological sciences, horticultural science, agronomy, natural resources, education, communications, or related field.
        • Must not have completed your undergraduate program and must not be graduating Spring 2023.Additional Requirements:
          • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.
          • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings or weekends.
          • Ability to transport themselves or have reliable transportation to/from multiple locations for work, at times in a single work day.
          • Must be able to sit/stand for long periods of time and lift, push, pull, carry up to 30 pounds and push/pull 50 pounds occasionally.
          • Must be able to submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a completed religious/medical exemption and agree to comply with the University's testing requirement.
          • This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.Preferred Skills/Abilities:
            • Knowledge of agriculture, horticulture, natural resources or food systems.
            • Proven excellent communication skills, which includes both written and verbal.
            • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and Google Suite programs.
            • Ability to learn additional software systems for educational use.
            • An independent self-starter with the ability to be flexible and work on a variety of different tasks.**You must include skills/experience on your resume, as well as location interest(s), references, and unofficial transcripts as additional pages to your cover letter. See "To Apply" section for more details.**

              About the Department

              ABOUT EXTENSIONUniversity of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension's programming and employee engagement. Find further information at www.extension.umn.edu.

              How To Apply

              Job ID 353260 is for Non-U of M Students.Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. Items required for the application:
              • Cover letter- You MUST include your location interest(s). Please indicate interest in at least one or multiple positions:
              • Anoka County - Master Gardener (Andover, MN)
              • Blue Earth/ LeSueur Counties - agriculture and horticulture (Mankato and Le Center, MN)
              • Cook County - natural resources, food systems (Grand Marais, MN)
              • Pipestone/Murray Counties - livestock/youth (Pipestone and Slayton, MN)
              • St Louis County - agriculture and horticulture (Virginia or Duluth, MN)
                • Resume- Include experience and skills detailed in qualifications.
                • Three references- Include name and full contact information to your cover letter or resume.
                • College transcript (unofficial is acceptable)- College transcripts can be added as additional pages to your resume or cover letter. If the above required materials are not added to your cover letter/resume, you will need to upload them AFTER submitting the online application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letter and Attachments" section. See full instructions, https://hr.umn.edu/Jobs/Applicant-Center/Help-Job-Applications/Using-Job-Application-System.To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647). For questions about the internships, please contact:Betsy Wieland, Center Program Manager, eliza003@umn.edu. For questions about applying online, please contact:Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.


                  The University of Minnesota and Extension recognize and value the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

                  Employment Requirements

                  Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

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