On Jan. 30, over 40 ambitious ABAC students gathered in Ag Science room 139 at 5 p.m. for an informational workshop over the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Internship Program.
The workshop consisted of a presentation by employee recruitment and internship coordinator, Maria Bowie and testimony from the previous intern, Shelby Sangster. The event was free to all ABAC students and was catered by Chick-fil-a. Each student who attended the workshop was rewarded with a Chick-fil-a meal for having a dedicated interest in planning for their future.
Bowie explained that the role of an extension agent is to serve as a resource to communities. Extension agents distribute only current research-based information. She further explained that the internship program allows students to be paired with an extension agent to ensure that the intern gains hands-on experience in the field as well as the office. Bowie asserted that the internship program is a chance for students to become a part of something that is bigger than themselves.
Sangster, a student at UGA Tifton, completed the UGA Cooperative Extension Internship in the summer of 2018. Sangster enthusiastically shared her internship experience with workshop attendees as she explained that the opportunity was exciting, educational and allowed her to gain class credit. Sangster emphasized how rewarding it was to take a group of 4-H members to summer camp through her internship. Sangster encouraged all workshop attendees to grasp the opportunity and apply for the internship.
Students who are interested in applying for the UGA Cooperative Extension Internship Program are required to submit an application consisting of a cover letter and an updated resume. The applications should be submitted online to the CAES scholarships and internships portal. In order to be considered, ABAC students should include educational details specific to ABAC, such as major and hours completed.
The deadline to apply for a fall semester internship is May 1, while deadlines for spring and summer 2020 are Oct. 1, 2019, and Feb. 1, 2020.