Position Announcement: Summer Internship – Community Economic Development

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Position: Tennessee Extension Internship Program: ANR/CED Agriculture Economics Department
10-week Summer Internship

Location: The student will work in the Agriculture Economics Department at the University of Tennessee. Prior to starting the internship, interns will participate in a day-long orientation to familiarize them with Tennessee Extension Programs in ANR.

Effective Date: May 20 – July 29, 2022

Salary: A stipend in the amount of $6,840 for the 10-week internship is provided for each intern. As with any position, it is expected that an intern is able to get to and from work each day. Generally, interns ride with Extension agents during significant work-related travel and therefore do not receive a travel budget allotment.

Description: UT Extension Community Economic Development program seeks a Summer Intern to join its team. This project is funded by a One UT Innovation and Collaboration grant and focuses on building a digital literacy training for Tennessee residents through partnerships with Extension and 4-H agents, public librarians, and K-12 educators.

The work will be predominately remote through the duration of the pandemic, with the option to become in-person afterwards. The intern will gain research experience working on collaborative projects to further the research team’s goals. The intern will have opportunity and support to present research findings at venues such as the EUReCA poster competition.

Duties may include:

  • Survey creation and distribution
  • Recruiting research participants
  • Data collection, cleaning, analysis
  • Assisting with hosting webinars and in-person trainings
  • Writing progress reports
  • Assisting with literature reviews
  • Assist with website creation
  • Travel, as schedule permits
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to learn about research process and work with data
  • Knowledge of broadband technology and technology use within an educational context
  • Experience with assisting with workshops and trainings would be preferred


  • Candidate must be enrolled in a college of agriculture, natural resources, environmental science or closely related major.
  • Should have completed at least 50 percent of the required course work for the Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher and has not yet started a graduate program.
  • Preference will be given to students presently enrolled in the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, any other university or college in Tennessee, or to a student resident of Tennessee enrolled elsewhere. Preference will also be given to those with Extension experience (i.e. former 4-H member, etc.). However, all eligible applicants will be considered.
  • Must reside in, or live within a reasonable commuting distance of the assigned location. Housing not provided.
  • Must have own transportation to and from work.
  • Must present a written and oral report of the project accomplishments and training experience at the end of the internship.

For best consideration, applications for the internship should be submitted by January 24, 2022. Applications received after this date will be reviewed if all slots have not been filled.

Applicants may be interviewed. Successful applicants will be notified by January 31, 2022.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete online application
  • Attach Resume to Online Application
  • Attach Transcript to Online Application
  • Attach Completed Addendum to Online Application

Inquiries may be made to:

Dr. Sreedhar Upendram
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

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