Cooperative Extension Summer Scholars

The Cooperative Extension Summer Scholar Program is for current University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students. Selected scholars will be paired with Cooperative Extension personnel to work on a project in line with Cooperative Extension’s mission to connect university knowledge, research, and resources with the public to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs.

During the summer scholar session, students will follow Cooperative Extension’s service learning model, implemented through one of extension’s four program areas: 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, lawn and garden, and agriculture and natural resources.  The summer scholar session will take place June 9 – August 14, 2019. Scholars will receive a stipend for their participation.

Interested students are encouraged to apply before the application deadline of February 8, 2019. Applicants will be invited to meet with the selection committee. Selected scholars will be notified of their acceptance into the program prior to spring break.

For information and the application link, visit the Cooperative Extension website:  (Quick Link: Extension Scholar) or contact Alison Brayfield at or 302.831.2504.

Summer Internship with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Summer Internship Opportunity with University of Delaware Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

Job Responsibilities
Assist the Extension IPM Agent with planning and implementing Extension demonstrations and applied research projects. More specifically, responsibilities include:
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Weed Specialist with projects demonstrating the role cover crops play in reducing slug injury on soybeans and the additional weed control benefits cover crops provide.
• Assisting the IPM Agent and Extension Plant Pathologist with demonstrating the role variety selection and foliar fungicides can have on reducing Fusarium Head Blight in wheat.
• Survey soybean fields throughout the state to monitor Kudzu bug expansion and to monitor insect pest populations so that growers can be alerted of potential pest outbreaks.
• Participate in a survey to document the incidence and severity of Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV), a new disease of soybeans recently discovered in Delaware.
• Create educational materials such as Youtube videos, photo libraries, Extension Fact Sheets.
• Share demonstration and research results at grower meetings and field days.
• Assist the IPM Agent with conducting applied research on the management of various insect pests on vegetable and field crops.

Please contact Bill Cissel, Extension IPM Agent for more information:

Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program- Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is offering a 12 week apprenticeship program for rising juniors and seniors. The program integrates research and outreach activities and allows student to explore careers in ag and natural resources. Additional information is available at:

Please send questions to Dr. Marina D’Abreau Denny at

Student Summer Internship with University of Delaware (UD) Cooperative Extension

2017 Extension Scholars Internship Application

Delaware Cooperative Extension connects the public with university knowledge, research and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs.
The goal of Cooperative Extension is to help individuals, families and communities make informed decisions that can enhance their lives. In so doing, the organization generates and disseminates research-based information, provides focused educational opportunities and builds relationships that create effective solutions.

Eligibility: Current undergraduate (summer following sophomore year and beyond) or graduate students at the University of Delaware.

Purpose: The Extension Scholars program is designed to follow the service learning model whereby interns will have an opportunity to become fully engaged in organizational service experiences that:
a. Are integrated into the academic curriculum
b. Meet the needs of a community
c. Provide structured time for reflection
d. Help foster civic responsibility

Opportunities: To expand knowledge of and to participate in the delivery of Extension programming; to develop leadership and interpersonal skills; to learn about careers in Extension; and to apply knowledge gained through university coursework. Internship experiences include but are not limited to: participating in the conduct of needs assessment; designing and delivering educational programs; evaluating program impact; working with volunteers; fostering partnerships; pursuing funding.

Location: Cooperative Extension Offices: UD Campus, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties

Expectations: Interns will work summer semester from June 5 – August 10, 2017, 40 hrs. per week. Some flexibility in dates/hours may be required. Interns will be expected to provide their own transportation and mileage to and from work is at intern expense. All interns will be expected to participate in the Orientation on June 5 and the Service Learning Symposium in August 2017.

Application Process and Deadline: Applications must be submitted online and are due on or before Friday, February 17, 2017

Finalists may be interviewed by the selection committee.

Selections will be announced by April 1, 2017. Interns selected will receive a stipend of $3,770 paid bi-weekly through the UD Time payroll system.

Learn more here: