Externships in Sustainability
The Due Date for Proposals has been moved to Friday, January 12, 2018.
Dear County Extension Faculty and Staff:
It’s that time of year again! This is a request for Summer 2018 "Externships in Sustainability" Project Proposals. This past summer, the Green Fund was able to support 10 extern positions in five counties working on a variety of projects, but with a large emphasis on local foods this year. If you are interested in the types of externship projects from this past summer, check out the Extern Reports.
Once again, we’ve been funded by the UA Green Fund through August of 2018 and our budget will allow for up to 10 externs working no more than 35 hours/week for a maximum of 10 weeks (350 hours per extern).
The overall purpose of the Externship Program is to create opportunities for University of Arizona students to bring their experience, skills and enthusiasm to their communities through innovative sustainability projects, by working directly with Extension agents throughout the state. At the same time, those students and Arizona’s communities become more aware of Cooperative Extension’s leadership role in applied research and innovation as it relates to sustainability. Student Externs are also now eligible for a non-credit Student Engagement Experience notation on their transcripts.
Project area ideas include but are not limited to:
Farmers’ Market Start-up or Management
Small-scale renewable energy installation
Energy efficiency retrofits
This is your opportunity to submit a sustainability project idea for your county that would employ a UA student as an extern for the project. The timeframe for extern projects runs from mid-May to August 30.
If you are interested in an extern to implement a county sustainability project starting in the Summer of 2018:
Include your capacity to supervise a student as well as provide logistical support such as a desk, phone and computer
Describe your sustainability project idea.
Identify the community or facility in your area that would benefit from such a project.
Proposals should include a projected measurable impact of the extern’s activities based on project time-frame and project scope.
Proposals should be no more than 1000 words.
Interns are given a minimum wage stipend ($10/hour). A small pool of funds is available for project-related materials. Projects given preference for the 2018 cycle will be based on:
A county’s ability to recruit and support a UA student, preferably from their own community.
If applicable, past Externship performance and compliance with reporting/evaluation requests and deadlines.
A project meeting the principles of sustainability, i.e. positive impacts on environmental, social AND economic systems.
Please submit your project/extern ideas to Mark Apel no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.