October 31, 2001 | By: Kelley Orme, Ag. Communications Intern

The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service announced December 15 will be the new deadline for the summer internship program applications.

College students across the state are invited to apply to work with one of the 120 county Extension offices. The offices serve as a learning and working base for students during the summer months. They work closely with the Extension agents in the counties to see if a career in Extension is for them. The students must work 12 weeks and are paid $1500 a month plus travel expenses.

According to Rachel McCardle the experience she received this past summer was well worth it.

“I did not know that babysitting projects were part of the 4-H Extension programs,” McCardle said.

The senior agriculture major from Kenton was a intern for Boone county 4-H for the 2001 summer. She says the hardest part of her job was communication.

“Speaking in front of people and working with kids were obstacles that I had to overcome,” McCardle said.

The interns are responsible for coming up with a program that will benefit the community. It must be submitted to the University of Kentucky for approval.

McCardle’s project was on equine chiropractics and acupuncture. “I brought in Dr. Ron Leick and he discussed ways in which the wrong saddle can hurt the horses back, which can lead to problems with the horse,” McCardle said. “He also talked about his profession and how to properly take care of a horse whose back is out of place.”

She said the best thing about the summer was a game called “Sally-Down-The-Alley”. “I had never heard of Sally and here I was at camp in Carlisle and these 13 to14-year-old boys were wanting to skip around this circle holding my hand.” McCardle said. “The camp scene was good for the kids as well as for me.”

The applications for the summer internship program are available on the Internet athttp://www.ca.uky.edu/agpsd/intern.htm or from your local Extension office. Once there, you may download the application and attach the mandatory college transcripts. Applications are due by December 15, 2001. Interviews will be conducted in January 2002 and applicants should know by February if they got a position.

The interns have diverse majors and will be placed with either an agriculture and natural resources agent, a family and consumer science agent, or a 4-H and youth development agent. “This will allow students to work those 12 weeks in a professional position,” said Martha Thompson, personnel officer for the UK College of Agriculture.

Students interested in this program are encouraged to contact their county Extension office and the UK personnel office.


Martha Thompson 859-257-1727