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Internships

The Extension Internship Program gives exceptional undergraduate Wildcats the opportunities 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 30-40 hours per week, for 10-15 weeks.

Undergraduate students may submit one application and be considered for up to three of Extension’s internship opportunities. Applications must be submitted by March 19.

Apply for the Summer 2021 Extension Internship Program

Summer 2021 Internships:

Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) 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 The first is supporting the development of the CAW website, including creating new content and updating out of date pages.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.

Community Entrepreneurship Intern: The intern will take on two projects. The first is the development of an Entrepreneurial Communities Program and Guide. They will research the key components that communities should pursue in order to foster and support entrepreneurs. The guide will also be made into a scorecard, both of which will allow communities to evaluate how entrepreneur-friendly they currently are and where their strengths and opportunities lie. The second project will be focused on increasing NH’s entrepreneurial culture through events, workshops, and programming. The goal is to expand existing programs and develop new programs that connect entrepreneurs with each other, their community, and the resources they need to succeed.

Food Access/Community Health Program Intern: This intern will have the opportunity to work on a number of projects related to community health. The first is Well Connected Communities – a program with coalitions based in Sullivan, Strafford, and Coos counties working on projects such as food access, substance misuse prevention, youth engagement, and health equity. The second is Healthy Corner Stores, a SNAP program. The intern will be helping the team assess the need for a healthy corner store project in rural areas. This will involve support with listening sessions, survey work, interviewing of store managers, and other investigative efforts.

Forest Management & Conservation: This internship will provide a forestry student with the opportunity to work with 4-5 New Hampshire consulting foresters and stewardship staff from Southeast Land Trust. The intern will work throughout southeast/central New Hampshire on a variety of sites and projects. These projects will include a diverse mix of forest management, conservation, and recreation related experiences.

Forest Products Internship: The UNH Extension Forest Products internship will provide a student the opportunity to conduct basic forest products market research, engage in forest products manufacturing at the UNH Sawmill, and participate in business operations such as lumber sales, supply chain logistics, and inventory management.

GIS Mapping & Forest Management: An intern is sought to work under UNH County Forester supervision with Proctor Academy and Bronnenberg Logging and Trucking to conduct post-harvest mapping, and boundary line identification. The intern will carry out specific forest management mapping (i.e. mapping harvest boundaries, roads, etc.) and property boundary identification tasks, and develop skills through interactions with extension staff, a landowner with diverse management goals, and a logging contractor. 

Laboratory/Field Technician (5): This intern will work with the Lakes Lays Monitoring Program, which provides valuable data on the lakes of New Hampshire, broad community service, local empowerment and a unique opportunity for hands-on learning and employment for students. Interns will be assisting with the collection and analysis of water quality samples for New Hampshire Lakes and the associated tributary network. One intern will prioritize the collection and analysis of cyanobacteria samples. 

Nature Groupie Stewardship Internship (2): Nature Groupie interns will monitor the NH coastline for the presence of perennial pepperweed, a non-native invasive plant that is considered a threat to coastal and marsh habitats. They will collaborate with interns working in southern Maine on the same project, with opportunities to interact with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Students will be on the front lines of learning whether this plant has spread from its stronghold in Massachusetts' Great Marsh, and will need creativity and innovation to determine how best to implement survey protocols on the convoluted, complex NH coastline, including around Great Bay. Interns will work on several other field-based projects over the summer, including those related to wildlife and habitat management, recreation on conservation lands, and ecological restoration.

Photographer/Video Support: The Extension Photographer and Video Support Intern is responsible for taking, editing, and archiving images for publication, broadcast, presentations, and social media that support UNH Extension’s brand identity and strategic goals. They are also responsible for supporting video shoots as assigned; running cameras, lighting and audio. In this position approximately 1/5 of the time will be spent taking photos, 1/5 of the time will be spend planning, 1/5 of the time supporting video shoots, 1/5 of the time filling out forms and driving to shoots, and 1/5 of the time will be spent processing and archiving images.

Please contact Megan Brabec at megan.brabec@unh.edu if you have any questions or want to discuss your application.

 



 

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