OSU Extension Service Internship Program

About the program

The goal of the OSU Extension Service Internship Program is to provide a meaningful service-learning experience in one of OSU Extension’s 35 county locations. Interns will benefit from this unique internship environment and will grow from the mentoring offered by the Extension staff and from what they learn from the communities they serve. The student interns will:

  • have a unique, community-based learning opportunity
  • learn about the Extension Service and our land grant mission
  • have the opportunity to be a valued team member and contribute to programming by sharing their new perspectives and diverse ideas and energy
  • learn while they co-create impactful solutions that will be delivered locally and directly to beneficiaries

Summer internship opportunities

Opportunities are typically posted in the first months of each year with a deadline in March.

Student Outreach Assistant Extension Interns

This recruitment is used to fill multiple part-time (a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer break) Extension Student Intern positions for the Extension Offices at Oregon State University (OSU). Internships are located in specific counties each summer.

Extension Communications Student Intern

This internship position is used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer) Extension Communications Student Intern position for the Extension Communications unit at Oregon State University (OSU). The internship is located in Corvallis, Oregon, with travel statewide accompanying Extension Communications professionals, when travel is permitted by OSU.

Frequently asked questions

What is the OSU Extension Service?

Oregon State University Extension is the go-to resource for the expertise and knowledge every Oregonian needs to live healthy lives, nurture our great state’s ecosystems, and play a vital role in Oregon’s vibrant communities. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years. Learn more about OSU Extension and our history.

What are the qualifications for the internship position?

While traditional alignment between academic majors such as Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, Fisheries, Public Health, and Education exist, we encourage students from a broad range of programs of study to apply to our internships.

Students from all of Oregon’s universities and community colleges may apply. Preference is given to undergraduates who have completed their first year of study. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to students choosing internship opportunities in their home counties. Interns should have at least a 2.5 GPA (exceptions will be considered with justification).

Students can come from a variety of academic majors as Extension serves our communities in many diverse ways. Our Extension faculty work in program areas which include: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, community and public health, nutrition, youth development, tourism, work force development, outdoor recreation, small business/market development, disaster preparedness, and communications.

Will interns receive academic credit for this internship?

Interns are encouraged to seek academic credit for their internship experience and should check with their college internship coordinator about the possibility of arranging academic credit for their internship. OSU Extension supports, but does not manage the academic credits process.

What are my responsibilities as an intern?

Interns are expected to contribute to the Extension educational programs in the resident unit.

The intern will receive valuable work experience often supporting educational programming. No two experiences will be exactly the same as our communities and their programming needs do vary. Interns should expect to be treated as a member of the staff and will be valued for the contributions they make as a member of the Extension team. Potential interns should review the county websites to see the nature of the work being done in those communities. This can help gauge their interest and fit for the position.

How are intern selections made?

Interested students will apply to the OSU Jobs website. Internship candidates will rank order their top five counties in addition to entering their home county (if living in Oregon). Applications are matched to participating counties based upon interest and opportunities available. Participating counties will review the candidates and select an alternate and primary student. When selections are complete and position are filled, students will be notified.

OSU students may be reviewed by the College Internship Coordinators and the Extension Internship Coordinator to check that applicants meet the basic qualifications if applying for internship for credit.

What are the work hours and duration of the program?

Interns should expect to work 40 hours per week up to a maximum of 10 weeks. Based on the type of programming supported, the work hours may include evenings and weekends. Prospective interns will be made aware of this requirement prior to their final acceptance into the program. Interns will not be asked to work beyond the scope of their sponsoring Extension staff member.

Are all internships in the summer?

This internship is generally a summer program with the interns starting at their assigned counties in mid-June and finishing by the end of August or first week of September. Shorter internships will have the flexibility to slide the internship window. The intern will have the same holiday and work schedule as their County Internship Sponsor. Some counties may offer 20 hour/week internships during an academic term.

How much will interns be paid?

Interns will be paid $15 per hour, 40 hours per week for up to 10 weeks. This is funded by the participating county.

Is an interns' work-related travel expenses covered?

Any work-related travel expenses, other than travel to and from work, will be paid by OSU Extension.

Will interns' living expenses be covered during the internship?

No, there are no funds available to help with living expenses in the counties. However, if you are not able to live at home and work, your County Internship Sponsor counties may be able to assist you in finding local living arrangements.

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