Michigan State University Extension internship program set to expand

With the success of past internship programs Michigan State University has decided to expand the number of interns for the summer of 2014.

The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension internship program promotes MSU Extension as a future career path for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources undergraduates. Based upon the success of last year’s internship program, the program has expanded from seven interns in 2013 to 13 interns for the 2014 year.

One successful intern from last year’s program included Riley Collins, an animal science major from Commerce Township. Collins worked with educators from Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw counties. Her internship experiences led her to a large number of learning and networking opportunities. Some of her opportunities with MSU Extension included publishing articles, appearing as a guest on a radio show, assisting Extension educators at 4-H Exploration days and producing agriculture all-star cards to help educate youth.

 Collins was also able to network with others in the agriculture community and gain a vast amount of knowledge in many areas of agriculture.

 “Being able to experience different aspects of agriculture allowed me to apply what I have learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios,” Collins said about her summer internship experience that allowed her to get a taste of many MSU Extension programs.

 “Between the five educators I worked with, I learned more than I could imagine in three months,” Collins said.

 With its success in the past and the growing number of interested students, program coordinators are confident the MSU Extension internship program will remain successful and continue to grow throughout the years.

 This summer’s interns include:

· Benjamin Bailey, a biosystems engineering junior from West Olive, who will work with educators in Kent, Lake, Ottawa and Tuscola counties.

· Matthew Bernia, a second year student majoring in agricultural industries from Bay Park, who will work with educators in Alger, Chippewa, Huron, Lapeer, Luce, Mackinac, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

· Marguerite Bolt, an entomology junior from Charlevoix, who will work with educators in Alpena, Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties.

· Lindsay Daschner, an environmental studies and agriscience senior from Toldeo, Ohio, who will work with educators from Jackson, Lenawee and Washtenaw counties.

· Nicole Erickson, a dietetics junior from Holland, who will work with educators in Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

· Juliana Forbush, an environmental studies and agriscience junior from Byron, who will work with educators on campus.

· Cassey Glumm, an animal science sophomore from Hastings, who will be working with educators in Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

· Alex Gumper, an agribusiness management junior from Jackson, who will work with educators on campus.

· Macey Messing, an animal science junior from Cass City, who will work with educators in Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

· Meghan Shoup, a dietetics senior from Houghton, who will work with educators in Kent County.

· Alexis (Lexi) Siomka, an animal science and meat science senior from Troy, who will work with educators on campus.

· Cora Watts, an animal science senior from Tawas City, who will work with educators in Arenac, Iosco and Ogemaw counties.

· Alexander Whitlow, an biosystems engineering senior from Lake Orion, who will be working with educators from Barry and Kalamazoo counties.

For more information about the MSU Extension internship program, contact Luke Reese at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).