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UD Extension Scholars Program offers summer of service learning

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1:20 p.m., Feb. 6, 2012--Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Cooperative Extension Scholars Student Intern Program. This innovative program, open to rising juniors, seniors and graduate students at the University of Delaware, offers a 10-week experience of working, and making a difference, as an intern with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Jan Seitz, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of UD Cooperative Extension, created the Extension Scholars Program in 2004 to give UD students an opportunity to become fully engaged in service learning, which has long been a hallmark of the Cooperative Extension Service.

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“The work that Extension Scholars carry out each summer is integrated into their academic curriculum; meets the needs of local communities; provides structured time for reflection; and helps foster civic responsibility,” says Seitz.

Past Extension Scholars have designed and delivered 4-H educational programs; fostered partnerships between Extension and other government and nonprofit organizations; worked with volunteers; pursued funding; evaluated program impacts; and conducted needs assessments. A capstone experience is part of the program.

Up to three Extension Scholars will be named. Scholars receive a stipend of $3,000 and, if needed, an allowance of $500 for job-related travel and/or housing. Support for the 2012 program comes from an endowment fund created in 2010 by Dover-based growers Chet and Sally Dickerson.

Location of internships will be Extension offices on the UD campus and/or in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Scholars are expected to work from June 10 to Aug. 4.  

The application deadline is March 23. Selections will be announced by April 6.

To receive an application, or for more information, contact Alice Moore at 831-2504 or via email at ammoore@udel.edu.

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