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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."

2015 Summer Internship Projects

 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Projects

CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program Internship
Faculty: Mark Whitmore, Dept. of Natural Resources
Location: CCE Onondaga
CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program Internship
Faculty: Antonio DiTommaso, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Location: CCE Saratoga
CCE Invasive Species Statewide Outreach Program Internship
Faculty: Antonio DiTommaso, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Location: in or adjacent to Tompkins County
Invasive Species Summer Internship
Faculty: Bernd Blossey, Dept. of Natural Resources; Carrie Brown, Invasive Species Research Institute
Location: Cornell/Plantations

 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
Location: Based on campus in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, however working closely with 6 Cooperative Extension county associations (Jefferson, Herkimer, NYC both Brooklyn and Queens, Orange, Schenectady, Suffolk). Intern will visit all 6 associations for
Developing Best Practices and Resources in Parenting Education
Faculty: Rachel Dunifon
Location: Jefferson County
Disadvantage and economic decision making in children
Faculty: Gary Evans and David Just
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
Location: Work will begin on campus, but 2-3 weeks will be spent at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, Varysburg, NY and 4-H Camp Bristol Hills, Canandaigua, NY.
Getting some space: Using spatial language and spatial play to promote children’s spatial skills
Faculty: Marianella Casasola
Location: NYC area daycares
Greening the Orange County 4H Educational Facility
Faculty: Jack Elliott
Location: Ithaca, Middletown
Health and the Brain Neuroscience Outreach
Faculty: Valerie Reyna, Professor and Department Extension Leader, Department of Human Development
Location: The intern will be in residence in Ithaca as well as 4-H Camp Bristol Hills in Canandaigua in coordination with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ontario County
Measuring and Improving Rural Food and Physical Activity Environments to Improve Health
Faculty: Rebecca A. Seguin, PhD
Location: Cornell University; Herkimer County CE; Schuyler County CE; Penn State Extension. Intern will primarily be based at Cornell University. Travel to Cooperative Extension offices to conduct project activities will be required.
Parent Education in New York City: The Parenting A Second Time Around (PASTA) Project, Phase Two
Faculty: Rachel Dunifon
Location: CCE New York City
Sexual health education in the digital age: assessing professional and parental knowledge and needs
Faculty: Janis Whitlock
Location: Primarily stationed at Cornell campus (Beebe) but with 3-6 onsite visits in Tomkins 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
Location: Herkimer and Jefferson Counties, and Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Use of Social Media and Mobile Technology
Faculty: Joan Paddock
Location: The intern would be based on campus in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, but would work closely with Cooperative Extension county associations (St. Lawrence, Erie, Suffolk, and NYC). Field work of a minimum of 1-2 day visits during the summer would be
What’s the Evidence? Best Practices for 4H Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Faculty: John J. Eckenrode
Location: Chemung, Tioga and Tompkins Counties