CCE Summer Internship Program

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program has helped Cornell fulfill its land grant mission by engaging students in outreach since 2007.

Faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology along with extension educators from local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices involve students in the college’s work to benefit New York State communities. From research to education and program development, interns are involved in a wide spectrum of activities which they document by blogging. Findings are presented in the late summer. 

"I had a broad understanding of crops and soils from high school that piqued my interest. The internship was an excellent opportunity to deepen my knowledge and gain hands-on experience with both the research process and extension outreach work. It was a great learning experience that I would highly recommend to anyone."
Aaron Santangelo, Intern, Summer 2009

2015 Summer Internship Projects​​​​​​​​​​​​


Cornell Cooperative Extension is not accepting applications at this time.
Please check back with us in early 2016 for details on any future summer internship possibilities that will be available.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Projects

Barriers to Expansion of Long Island Broccoli Production
Faculty: Thomas Bjorkman
Internship Location: CCE Suffolk
Evaluating Calf Management Practices on NNY Dairy Farms and the Impact on Future Production and Profitability
Faculty: Dr. Mike Van Amburgh
Internship Location: The intern will work across the NNY region, including CCE associations in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.
Evaluation of Technologies to Improve the Competitiveness of the Stocker Cattle Enterprise in New York. Effect of Grazing High-Tannin Legumes in Conjunction with Copper Oxide Wire Particles (COWP) ...
Faculty: Dr. Mike Baker; Dr. Michael L. Thonney
Internship Location: St. Lawrence County
Field Crops Nutrient Management Applied Research and Extension Internship
Faculty: Quirine M. Ketterings, Professor, Nutrient Management Spear Program, Department of Animal Science
Internship Location: CCE St. Lawrence (4-County Regional Program)
Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program
Faculty: Bernd Blossey, Dept. of Natural Resources
Internship Location: Cornell Plantations, Ithaca/Tompkins County, NY
Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program
Faculty: Mark Whitmore, Dept. of Natural Resources
Internship Location: CCE Onondaga
Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program
Faculty: Antonio DiTommaso, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Internship Location: CCE Saratoga
Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program
Faculty: Antonio DiTommaso, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Internship Location: in or adjacent to Tompkins County
IPM Strategies for Insect and Mites in Grapes and Hops in the Lake Erie Region
Faculty: Dr. Greg Loeb, Department of Entomology
Internship Location: Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Center (CLEREL)
Linking Immigrant Families to CCE 4-H Programs
Faculty: Pilar Parra
Internship Location: Wayne and Orange Counties
Schuyler CCE Garden-Based Learning Intern
Faculty: Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Department of Horticulture; Elizabeth Gabriel, Professional Development Educator, Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL)
Internship Location: CCE Schuyler
Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants: Integrate sustainable native and non-native plants to create a bio-diverse landscape
Faculty: Nina Bassuk, PhD
Internship Location: CCE Nassau; Hempstead Plains, Garden City, NY
The Wild Harvest Table Program: Reaching New Audiences
Faculty: Dr. Keith Tidball, Department of Natural Resources
Internship Location: Seneca County CCE and Ithaca
Visionmaker Jamaica Bay
Faculty: Art Degaetano
Internship Location: Queens, NY (Jamaica Bay) or New York, NY (location of NYC CCE office)

College of Human Ecology (CHE) Projects

Collaboration for Health, Activity, and Nutrition in Children's Environments (CHANCE) and Adopting Healthy Habits (AHH) Best Practices: Documenting efforts and preparing for the future
Faculty: Jamie Dollahite, Professor, DNS
Internship Location: Based on campus in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, however, intern will visit 6 CCE associations (Jefferson, Herkimer, NYC both Brooklyn and Queens, Orange, Schenectady, Suffolk) for minimum of 1-2 day visits during the summer
Developing Best Practices and Resources in Parenting Education
Faculty: Rachel Dunifon
Internship Location: Jefferson County
Disadvantage and Economic Decision Making in Children
Faculty: Gary Evans and David Just
Internship Location: Tompkins, Cortland CCE plus 4-H programs
Engaging Youth in STEM Activities and the Engineering Design Process through Distance Learning and Summer Camps
Faculty: Susan Ashdown, Helen G. Canoyer Professor and Charlotte Coffman, Senior Extension Associate, Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Internship Location: Work will begin on campus, but 2-3 weeks will be spent at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, Varysburg, New York and 4-H Camp Bristol Hills, Canandaigua, New York
Getting Some Space: Using Spatial Language and Spatial Play to Promote Children's Spatial Skills
Faculty: Marianella Casasola
Internship Location: NYC area daycares
Greening the Orange County 4H Educational Facility
Faculty: Jack Elliott
Internship Location: Ithaca, Middletown
Health and the Brain Neuroscience Outreach
Faculty: Valerie Reyna, Professor and Department Extension Leader, Department of Human Development
Internship Location: The intern will be in residence in Ithaca as well as 4-H Camp Bristol Hills in Canandaigua, New York in coordination with CCE Ontario
Measuring and Improving Rural Food and Physical Activity Environments to Improve Health
Faculty: Rebecca A. Seguin, PhD
Internship Location: Cornell University; CCE Herkimer; CCE Schuyler; Penn State Extension
Parent Education in New York City: The Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) Project, Phase Two
Faculty: Rachel Dunifon
Internship Location: CCE New York City
Sexual Health Education in the Digital Age: Assessing Professional and Parental Knowledge and Needs
Faculty: Janis Whitlock
Internship Location: Primarily stationed at Cornell campus (Beebe) but with 3-6 onsite visits in Tompkins and NYC sites
The Influence of Past Food Insecurity on Parents' Use of Child Feeding Practices Recommended to Prevent Child Obesity
Faculty: Katherine Dickin, Research Scientist, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Internship Location: Herkimer and Jefferson Counties, and Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Use of Social Media and Mobile Technology
Faculty: Joan Paddock
Internship Location: Intern will be based on campus in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, but will work closely with CCE St. Lawrence, CCE Erie, CCE Suffolk, and CCE NYC. Field work of a minimum of 1-2 day visits during the summer would be necessary
What's the Evidence? Best Practices for 4-H Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Faculty: John J. Eckenrode
Internship Location: Chemung, Tioga and Tompkins Counties