Paid internship working with real Blue Hens

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer (3) students the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience working with live Blue Hen chickens from the UD flock while getting paid! Student interns will gain hands-on care and handling experience with live Blue Hen chickens, display our UD Blue Hens at select home football game tailgates, talk to the public about the birds and the importance of the poultry industry in the state of Delaware, and answer any questions. Additionally, interns will display the birds at Ag Day, and at 2 to 4 UD recruiting/alumni events throughout the year.

Interns will start by receiving training on the history and husbandry of the birds. Interns will then be responsible for the daily care of the birds for the fall, up until the end of the UD home football season. This includes visiting the birds once per day, 2 to 3 times per week to provide feed, clean waterers, and check the temperatures and the overall well-being of the birds. Each visit should take 20 to 30 minutes; students will be paid a minimum of an hour for each visit. Training will occur shortly after the selection of the interns in mid-September.

Interns will be trained on how to use the trailer and golf cart and/or four-wheeler to pull the display trailer to the UD home football games in the Fan Zone in front of the stadium.  Interns should be prepared to spend 1 to 2 hours per week learning about the care, management and history of the birds, while working with the birds to learn how to handle them and acclimate them to the environment for their fall appearances.  Students must commit to working a minimum of 3.5 to 4 hours at each of the UD home games.

Interested students should e-mail Dr. Brian Ladman at

Entomology Lab Internship: 2021 Summer Full-Time (June -August)

The ornamentals IPM entomology lab has an internship available for 2021 summer. The intern will assist the extension specialist on a variety of projects which include: a study looking at impacts of mosquito control on non-target arthropods, management of spotted lanternflies and redheaded flea beetles and maintaining demonstration gardens for the management of various insect borer species on maples and ashes. Aspects of these projects include: insecticide efficacy evaluations, studies related to redheaded flea beetle biology, potentially spotted lanternfly insecticide evaluations and collections, work with reduced-risk or biopesticides targeting the management of root dwelling insects, use of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi (biological control using inset pathology), choice trials and bioassay tests looking at arthropod behavior, demonstration plot management and plant installation, entomopathogenic nematode culture maintenance, greenhouse plant maintenance and propagation, geocaching with insects and diseases, prepare a presentation for speaking to green industry professionals, and assisting with fact sheets. Interns may also participate in site inspections with DDA nursery inspectors, this activity scouts nurseries for relevant pests.

Requirements: Follow guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing; need to have personal transportation available and will have opportunities to interact (at a distance) with professionals working in entomology on multiple occasions.

Compensation: will be discussed during an interview.

APPLY: Please send your cover letter and resume to Brian Kunkel, Extension Ornamentals IPM Specialist,

Cooperative Extension Entomology Agricultural Technician

Description: The Agricultural Extension Entomology group provides farmers and consultants with guidance and support for insect pests in field and vegetable crops throughout the state. The program maintains insect traps, surveys grower fields for insect pests and beneficial insects, and conducts insecticide efficacy trials in both field and vegetable crops. Duties include plot maintenance, field sampling with sweep net and magnifying glass, plot harvesting and grading, and data collection and entry.

Applicants MUST be willing to work outside under hot and humid conditions and have a valid driver’s license. Attention to detail and good record keeping are required. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Perks: Free produce and sun tanning
Salary: hourly wage, $13/hour, average 30 hours/week
Duration: Approximately May to beginning of school semester or mid-September, with possible extension to beginning of October

Contact: Dr. David Owens, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown DE;; (302) 698-7125.