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AFNR Summer Interns, Non-UMN Students

University of Minnesota - Rochester
Twin Cities;Crookston;Duluth;Morris;Rochester;All Other -See Job Description

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Job Title: AFNR Summer Interns, Non-UMN Students
Location: Twin Cities;Crookston;Duluth;Morris;Rochester;All Other -See Job Description
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 353260
About the Job

Title: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Summer Intern, Non-U of M Students

Timeframe: May - August 2023

Compensation: $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 April 19, 2023. We will continue to review applications until all positions are filled.

Position Locations:

Cook County, Grand Marais - Natural Resources/Food Systems focus

St Louis County, Virginia or Duluth - Agriculture/Horticulture focus

Stearns County, St. Cloud - Agriculture focus

About this internship program

The 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

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.


1) Contribute to conducting high quality, relevant educational programs by:

    researching topics for curriculum developmentadapting curriculum and marketing to reach new audiencescreating needs assessments writing curriculumconducting focus groups or creating educational pieces for the media

2) 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 audienceParticipate in current on-farm research efforts by assisting with sampling, site visits and assessments.Develop, administer, and analyze a needs assessment for a specific audienceCreate engaging social media content for your county's Facebook and Twitter pageAnswer 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


University 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

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:
    Cook County - natural resources, food systems (Grand Marais, MN) St Louis County - agriculture and horticulture (Virginia or Duluth, MN)Stearns County - agriculture (St. Cloud, 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,

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email [email protected] or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about the internships, please contact:

Betsy Wieland, Center Program Manager, [email protected].

For questions about applying online, please contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, [email protected].

Diversity 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:

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:


Working at University of Minnesota - Rochester

UMR offers distinctive health sciences and biosciences education to prepare students for a broad spectrum of current and emerging careers, ranging from patient care to pure and applied research.

The campus community serves approximately 750 undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Vision: The University of Minnesota Rochester will inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the grand health care challenges of the 21st century.

Founded: 2006

First Graduating Class: 2013

Location: Downtown Rochester, Minnesota -- in the heart of the medical world

Specialty: Undergraduate Health Sciences

UMR Majors:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)

  • An innovative degree program with an integrated curriculum to provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences field.

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP)

Enrollment: Enrollment varies by class, but maximum enrollment is approximately 1,000.

Average Incoming High School Cumulative GPA: 3.6

Average Class Size: 21

Median ACT: 22-27

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Note: There are no Teaching Assistants. There are no lecture halls. Faculty are available in JustASK Centers daily.

Financial Aid: 97% of students received financial aid in 2017.

Diversity Profile: University of Minnesota Rochester

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has always prided itself in its diverse student body. UMR is different from other colleges and universities, having a single focus in providing degrees in health care. At this innovative campus, students who are traditionally in underrepresented populations in higher education (students of color, first-year generation students, Pell Grant-eligible students) are not only being retained but are also graduating in four years at rates above national numbers. Last year’s incoming class included 35.7% students of color.


Faculty and staff build relationships with students, connecting them to resources that contribute to student success during their time at UMR. Each student is paired with a success coach and given access to learning cohorts, Living Learning CommunitiesJustASK centers where faculty are readily available, bridge programs, and first-year student research teams.


More than 90% of UMR graduates complete their education and earn their degrees in four years or less, reducing the debt that they incur compared to other universities. Because of the specialized degrees offered at UMR, alumni graduate into a field where they are able to find jobs quickly, fulfilling a workforce shortage. 100% of Bachelor of Science in Health Professions students are employed in their field post-graduation.  


Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree continue their studies in medicine, mental health, public health and research.


UMR is constantly being driven to discover new, innovative ways to serve its students. One of the ways this is accomplished is through faculty’s primary research being conducted on student learning. The results of this research is seen in UMR’s unique flipped classrooms, active classroom environment (rather than traditional lecture-based classes), consistent group work, and most notably, the intersection between various subjects. Faculty in UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation offer an integrated curriculum, enabling students to develop critical thinking skills, empowering them to be exceptional learners whose careers address real life and real-world problems in the health care arena.


As the workforce demand in the health care industry increases, as well as the diversity among graduating high school seniors, not only in Minnesota but also around the country and world, UMR is poised to welcome underrepresented students to its purpose-driven campus. UMR’s evidence-based, relationship-driven practices are propelling the University to inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

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