Extension Scholars Program Offers Summer of Service Learning

February 19, 2010 under CANR News

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Cooperative Extension Scholars Intern Program. This innovative program, open to rising juniors, seniors and graduate students at the University of Delaware, offers a 10-week experience of working, and making a difference, as an intern with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Jan Seitz, associate dean and director of UD Cooperative Extension, created the Extension Scholar Program in 2004 to give UD students an opportunity to become fully engaged in service learning, which has long been a hallmark of the Cooperative Extension Service.

“The work that Extension Scholars carry out each summer is integrated into their academic curriculum; meet the needs of local communities; provide structured time for reflection; and help foster civic responsibility,” says Seitz.

Past Extension Scholars have designed and delivered 4-H educational programs; fostered partnerships between Extension and other government and nonprofit organizations; worked with volunteers; pursued funding; evaluated program impacts; and conducted needs assessments.  A capstone experience is part of the program.

Up to three Extension Scholars will be named. Scholars receive a stipend of $3,000 and, if needed, an allowance of $500 for job-related travel and/or housing.  Location of internships will be Extension offices on the UD campus and/or in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. The application deadline is March 26.  Selections will be announced by May 7.

To receive an application, or for more information, contact Alice Moore at 831-2504 or ammoore@udel.edu.

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