The Extension Internship Program gives exceptional undergraduate Wildcats the opportunity to work in communities across the Granite State.


Extension Interns work on projects addressing agriculture & horticulture, community & economic development, nutrition & healthy living, natural resources, citizen science, and youth & family resiliency. Interns will work with their mentors and their cohort develop as young professionals and help the University make an impact across New Hampshire. These paid internships are approximately 20-40 hours per week, for 10-15 weeks.

Applications for Summer 2022 are now open! Click here to apply.

Important Dates:

March 16 - Application Deadline

May 31 - Intern Orientation

August 10 - Summer Showcase

Our 2022 Internships

This intern will be leading youth programs, community outreach efforts, and program development with a focus on Healthy Living. The intern will work directly with the Plant a Row Strafford County 4-H program. This project works with Nutrition Connections and community partners to increase awareness of food insecurity in the county. The program encourages participants to "plant an extra row" in their garden to supplement their food supply or to donate to participating pantries. Previous experience with 4-H is helpful, but not required for this internship.

Learn more about the 4-H Healthy Living Internship

A lack of complete and rich information about New Hampshire’s agricultural business community communication behavior/preferences is a significant barrier to making data-driven decisions about marketing and delivering Extension programs and resources. This work will improve Extension’s ability to meet the state’s agricultural community where they are and connect to that community in effective, innovative and energized ways. Intern will work to inventory commercial agricultural entities in and collect marketing information from these entities about how they get information to run their agricultural business. Data will be collected through phone interviews and email correspondence. The goal is to have rich and complete information from a defined geographic area.

Learn more about the Agricultural Market Internship

This residential intern will be a leader at camp, supervising campers in multiple cabins and daily activities, enforcing safety measures, working as a team, and representing Barry Conservation 4-H Camp in an enthusiastic, supportive, and informative manner. The Aquatics Intern will plan and coordinate all aquatic activities at camp, including conducting camper swim tests, supervising swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and other water related activities. The Outdoor Adventure Intern will plan and coordinate camp activities related to hiking, backpacking, camping and outdoor skills.

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Check Out UNH is a donor-funded project, endorsed by Advancement and the Office of Outreach and Engagement, that facilitates a UNH partnership with NH public libraries. The project includes placement of interactive kiosks in libraries, educational items in public circulation and support resources for the statewide summer reading program that engages 15,000 library patrons each year. The project is in year 1 of a five-year pilot plan and is poised to place one kiosk in the Dover public library, NH tide pool exploration kits in five libraries and support for the “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program in over 50 libraries in 2022. This intern will be critical in supporting the summer reading program implementation by coordinating with UNH program staff and librarians to schedule programs and provide educational content about UNH marine research and activities. Duties of this intern include email correspondence, delivery of educational programs at libraries, distribution of materials to libraries, data entry to Salesforce, creation of a Check Out UNH newsletter and implementation of a social media campaign.

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This intern will help with two projects. The first is the Building Community Resilience Project. Communities in the Kearsarge, Mascoma, and Haverhill areas are addressing barriers to health and helping individuals, families, and communities thrive in the face of adversity. The student intern will help to bring the stories of local voices and faces to the project. They will connect with community members and volunteers engaged in the local community action project to capture their stories as well as assist them in implementing the action plans that they’ve developed in their community. The second project is on Youth Behavioral Health & Wellness. We're looking for someone who is interested in learning more about positive youth development through the implementation of targeted programming. The intern would help identify settings (4-H programs, schools, afterschool programs, community events) where support is needed in the form of youth mental health resources and/or direct service.

Learn more about the Community Resilience & Youth Wellness Internship

This individual will work with members of the Agriculture Business Management team on a number of different farm management education programs. The intern will be reviewing curricula, analyzing evaluation data, touring locations, organizing agendas, and promoting the program. The intern will be developing their knowledge on farm planning and using that knowledge to develop outreach videos for Extension. In addition, the intern will work on communicating with new farmer contacts. This will involve assisting with follow-up to new farmer calls and visits-identifying appropriate educational resources and tracking educational needs to look for trends among this stakeholder group.

Learn more about the Farm Management Internship

This 10-week internship will provide a forestry student with the opportunity to work with the Harris Center for Conservation Education located in Hancock, NH. The Harris Center promotes understanding and respect for the natural world through education programs, conservation research, and land protection. The intern will work throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire on a variety of sites and projects. These projects will include a diverse mix of forest management, conservation, and recreation related experiences.

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The intern will be assisting in food access related education as well as policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives, designed to support communities in reducing food insecurity. These initiatives occur throughout the state and with a wide variety of partners (food pantries, farmers markets, schools, community centers, recovery centers, federal and state agencies, food alliances). The intern must be flexible and open to working on a variety of projects and initiatives throughout the state. Example of potential projects are hunger action month social media campaign, summer garden projects, healthy food pantry initiatives and plant a row in Strafford County.

Learn more about the Healthy Living Internship

The intern will become proficient at using standard laboratory and field sampling techniques in water quality monitoring and employ evolving sampling and analytical techniques used to track potentially toxic cyanobacteria blooms. The intern will interact extensively with local volunteer monitors who collect water quality samples on their respective lakes and ponds. Through the collection and analysis of data, and the interaction with the lay public, the intern will gain an appreciation of the need for quantitative data that contributes to a long-term database upon which stakeholders base informed decisions at the local level.

Learn more about the Lakes Lay Monitoring Internship

This intern will work at the Mead Base Conservation Center, the southernmost entry to the White Mountain National Forest. The Base hosts a historic farmhouse and campsites and serves as a launchpad for several trailheads including the Wentworth Trail up Mt. Israel. The summer intern will design and deliver environmental 4-H youth programming, develop + facilitate an extensive 4-H Special Interest program for youth, and support natural resource management activities at the Base.

Learn more about the Natural Resource Steward Internship

This internship will assist New England-based conservation organizations and public agencies in implementing stewardship and environmental research projects. Staff from Nature Groupie, based at UNH Cooperative Extension, will coordinate an internship with a variety of field-based projects over the summer hosted by at least four (4) different New Hampshire environmental organizations such as land trusts, public agencies, researchers and communities. Stewardship and conservation projects are to be selected to offer a diverse set of opportunities and may involve coastal ecology, invasive plant management, recreation on conservation lands and habitat management. These interns should have enthusiasm for working outdoors in various conditions, and will receive training in field work safety, invasive plant management, trail maintenance, and use of tools and technology for field work.

Learn more about the Nature Groupie Internship

The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is a collaborative group of over 25 state agencies, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, consultants, academic institutions, and businesses, collaborating to support coastal NH communities in preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. This internship will focus on supporting two primary aspects of CAW activities. The first is supporting the development of the CAW website, including creating new content and updating out of date pages. This also will include creating content for social media and assessing engagement across platforms. The second part of this internship will involve updating the CAW projects database and exploring ways the data can be used to present findings.

Learn more about the Coastal Adaptation Workgroup Internship

This internship will assist UNH Extension's work with the Foothills Foundation, and may also work on other statewide tourism and recreation related projects. The intern will work with Extension staff and their community and nonprofit organization partners to recruit volunteers, assist with developing and maintaining website and social media content, develop list of organizations engaged with trail networks in Central NH, plan networking events pertaining to trails and recreation, and research grants and other possible funding opportunities.

Learn more about the Outdoor Recreation Planning Internship

Our lab is working on plant disease diagnosis and the development of state of art assay for the rapid diagnosis of important plant pathogens. The intern will work independently on their assigned research project but will also work closely with laboratory and field technicians to complete their research as needed. Tasks will include suspected disease sample collection, gathering data through interviews with growers and field observation, sample processing, conducting traditional and molecular experiments, and more.

Learn more about the Plant Disease Research Internship

This intern is responsible for taking, editing and archiving images for publication, broadcast, presentations and social media that support UNH’s brand identity and strategic goals. Many images are critical for the production of Extension’s annual Radius publication. Position includes opportunities for training by UNH photographers. Duties include schedule and lead photo shoots across the state as assigned, interview program staff and volunteers for supporting information, process and upload images to Extension photo library.

Learn more about the Photography Internship

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