Externships to Give CALS Students Hands-On Experience

UA student Tyler Pearce, of Safford, works with Graham County Cooperative Extension Director Bill Brandau to install rainwater harvesting tanks at Discovery Park in Safford (courtesy of UANews)
UA student Tyler Pearce, of Safford, works with Graham County Cooperative Extension Director Bill Brandau to install rainwater harvesting tanks at Discovery Park in Safford (courtesy of UANews)

The Arizona Cooperative Extension is offering student externships in community sustainability during the summer, with projects including community gardening and a farmers market.

University of Arizona students accepted into the program will work directly with extension station agents on sustainability projects in counties around the state.

"Our program was created with the idea of providing opportunities for University of Arizona students who are really interested in sustainability to get out of the University environment and work with our extension agents around the state," says Mark Apel, extension agent with the UA's Cooperative Extension in Cochise County.

In its third year, the externship program is seeking up to 11 students for eight projects in seven counties. Students need sophomore standing or above, and though the externship is paid, housing is not provided, so a connection to a rural community is preferred.

"All of our project managers in the different counties around the state who have proposed projects this year are actively recruiting," Apel says.

This year's externships include working as an assistant manager at a farmers' market in Globe, research on sustainable pest control solutions in Maricopa County, nutrient management in livestock manure in Pinal County, community gardening in Navajo County and research work at the Tucson Village Farm on North Campbell Avenue. The projects are a mix of both ongoing and new.

Read the rest of this May 10, 2013 UANews article at the link below.

Date released: 
May 28 2013
Contact: 
Mark Apel