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Announcing extension intern positions

Are you a college student seeking your bachelor's degree and looking for a summer 2017 internship? The University of Minnesota Extension is offering three separate paid internships in the areas of agriculture and/or horticulture in Meeker, Douglas and another one serving Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties.

These internships will provide exposure to Minnesota agriculture/horticulture through local operations, educational programs, on-farm applied research, communications and program development.

Each internship is a paid three-month educational opportunity starting May 22 through Aug. 18. Upon being selected, the intern will go through orientation and will work 30-40 hours per week from May through August, including some nights and weekends.

The University of Minnesota Extension in Douglas County is seeking an individual that has a strong interest in and working knowledge of Minnesota horticulture, has proven communication skills, and has the ability to work independently when needed. This intern will be based out of the Douglas County Extension Office in Alexandria.

Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, writing news releases and program/event promotional materials; researching and answering select technical service inquiries; assisting with program or event management including set-up, tear down and management of field days or other events; managing registration and food service if needed; corresponding with speakers, consumers and other Extension educators as needed; and assisting with local needs assessment project.

The intern will also assist with managing/developing social media accounts, assist with educational program development such as writing content information or displays, and creating videos.

Finally, the intern will work as part of the local office team and assist with county fair and other ag-related events during the summer.

If interested in applying, visit, click on Job Opening ID: 315374. Applications will be reviewed on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and the position is open until filled.

For questions about applying online, contact Naaz Babvani, Extension Human Resources, at (612) 624-3717 or

For questions about the Douglas County position, contact Robin Trott at (320) 762-3890 or

Jessica Sly

Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.

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