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March 8, 2022
By Rebekah Hall U of A System Division of Agriculture
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LITTLE ROCK — As college students prepare to enter the workforce, those with a passion
for agriculture and helping others are searching for hands-on ways to apply their
skills. The Cooperative Extension Service recently created a new learning opportunity
for students at this intersection of interests.
In late 2021, extension announced the reinstitution of an internship program for college students interested in pursuing careers as extension agents. Extension’s
three district directors, Carla Due, Kevin Lawson, and Jerry Clemons, selected 11
interns from universities in Arkansas and Mississippi for the 10-week paid program.
Bob Scott, senior associate vice president for agriculture and extension for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the intern program will help develop
the next generation of extension employees.
“We decided to reinstitute an intern program to give college students a chance to
experience what a career in extension might be like,” Scott said. He added that while
the Division of Agriculture does hope to “identify potential county agents,” Scott
also believes it will be an important learning experience regardless of what careers
the students choose.
The interns’ main program areas will be 4-H and agriculture, but Scott and Due both
said students will take part in all program areas within extension regardless of their
Scott directed Due, Lawson and Clemons to develop the internship program. Due said
she hoped that the first cohort of students will “become advocates for the work our
County Extension Agents do” across all program disciplines. She added that another
goal of the program is for the interns to “become a close group that will stay in
touch past their college years and network professionally.”
The 11 interns hail from across Arkansas and from Tennessee (by way of Mississippi).
2022 Cooperative Extension Service summer interns:
Program area: 4-H
Hometown: Center Ridge, Arkansas
School: Arkansas Tech University
Major: Agricultural Business and Animal Science
Year: Rising senior
Why did you decide to apply for the CES internship program?
“I decided to apply to see what great opportunities the extension office offers and
to hopefully find my forever home.”
Program area: Agriculture
Hometown: Star City, Arkansas
School: University of Arkansas at Monticello
Major: Double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business
Year: Rising junior
“I applied for the CES internship program because I wanted to learn more about the
role extension agents play in their community, county, and state, and work for the
4H members, preparing them to be leaders – one of my passions – and teaching them
to believe in themselves and dream big. I also want to continue my learning in agriculture
and grow the passion I already have for the industry.”
Hometown: El Paso, Arkansas
School: Arkansas State University – Beebe
Major: Agriculture Business
“I applied for this internship because I wanted to gain quality work experience in
a program that I believe in!”
Hometown: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
School: Mississippi State University
Year: Senior, graduating in December
“When I heard about the CES internship program through a friend, I knew I had to apply!
I am a people-oriented person, and I knew this internship would give me the opportunity
to help others while gaining professional experience. I look forward to learning more
about what Extension is as a career and making new connections! I’m so thankful for
this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to being in Jonesboro for the summer!”
Hometown: Bismarck, Arkansas
School: Southern Arkansas University
Major: Agriculture Education
“I decided to apply for this internship so that I can be immersed in the world of
extension. I love agriculture and it is my passion. I wanted to further involve myself
in the agriculture world and make many more valuable connections.”
Hometown: Bald Knob, Arkansas
School: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro
Major: Agriculture Education, minor in Plant Science
“I saw this as an excellent opportunity to have more insight and hands-on experience
in my dream career.”
County: Little River
Hometown: Fouke, Arkansas
Major: Agricultural Education
“I applied for the CES internship program because I wanted to learn more about extension
and see what extension agents do on a day-to-day basis. I want to see if I would be
interested in pursuing a career in extension.”
Hometown: Bluffton, Arkansas
“I applied to the CES Internship because I want to be an advocate and leader within
the agriculture community. I admire the impact of my county agents, so when I heard
about the internship program, I knew I had found my calling.”
Hometown: Conway, Arkansas
School: University of Arkansas
Major: Agricultural Systems Technology, minor in Agribusiness
“I applied for the CES internship program for several reasons. I always knew my local
county extension agents growing up and didn't truly understand or know what they did,
but I always thought they had a fun job. I have grown up in the agriculture industry
my whole life, and after college I plan to find a job in the agriculture industry
where I can help make a difference for farmers. I am very excited to be an Extension
intern this summer and learn about agriculture from a different perspective.”
Hometown: Beebe, Arkansas
School: Associates of Science from Arkansas State University – Beebe, heading to Arkansas
State University Jonesboro in the fall to finish bachelors
“I applied for this internship because I wanted to widen the variety of experience
I will have when I graduate and look for a full-time job. I worked in the plant pathology
department last summer in Lonoke and learned a lot, and I figured it would be just
as fun and educational to try something new too!”
Hometown: Greenbrier, Arkansas
“I've been wanting to be an extension agent for a few years now, and this internship
will be the perfect opportunity to do that. I'm really excited to start!”
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division
of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Rebekah Hall firstname.lastname@example.org @RKHall_