Extension does not often reach out to undergraduates at their home institutions. Doing so might help Extension reach new audiences; leverage scarce resources; provide meaningful, community-based work experience; and perhaps recruit another generation of Extension professionals. We surveyed students who had completed internships with Extension programs to understand their motivations and to gauge impacts of their internships. Students' understanding of Extension increased exponentially over the course of their internships. They were highly motivated by having a paid work experience that allowed for making professional contacts. Survey feedback will be used to improve, coordinate and expand student opportunities in Extension.
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Grotta, A., & McGrath, D. (2013). The Role of Internships in Raising Undergraduates' Awareness and Perception of Extension. The Journal of Extension, 51(4), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.04.29