State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, encourages college students from the area who may be considering teaching careers to apply for paid agricultural education internships available the summer of 2021.

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council facilitates its Agricultural Education Internship to “spark an interest in current undergraduate students to consider entering the teacher profession and to provide Agricultural Education students hands-on experience in this exciting career."

The internship will focus on summer programing, such as Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) visits, county fairs, and FFA leadership retreats. At this time, the experience will be in-person, However, it may be adjusted to virtual/hybrid depending on future COVID safety requirements.

“Agriculture is a crucial industry in Minnesota and it is important to have the tools in place to support the education side of this complex business,” Anderson said. “This internship program is helpful in that regard and I hope college students from our area take a look if they are pursuing a career in teaching.”

The MAELC indicates the internship is intended for agricultural education majors, however, students in other majors who are interested in pursuing teacher licensure will also be considered. Current freshmen, sophomores or juniors from any institution should apply; however, priority will be given to those with the intent to teach in Minnesota. Internships may begin as soon as May 10, 2021 and end as late as August 13, 2021. Interns receive a $3,750 salary.

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Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume, application, and a copy of an unofficial transcript by Nov. 9 to Kari Schwab at opdah012@umn.edu. The selection committee will review applications and select individuals for interviews. For more information or questions, contact Schwab at the previously listed email address, call (612) 624-6256 or visit www.mn.gov/maelc.