Rising Star Internship

Make a difference. Experience a Taste of Extension. 

The 2020 pandemic hit hard in our state and the world. Experience the world of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and make a difference for Iowans. You’ll address real-life situations in Iowa communities while learning about the work extension professionals do each day. 

Work on issues that will lead to Iowa’s recovery:
• reviving the economy, including the farm economy
• improving financial security
• improving food supply, safety, and access
• expanding educational opportunities for youth
• addressing mental health and
• increasing access to quality child care

The ISU Rising Star Internship is a paid internship for eligible Iowa State University students working under the supervision of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach regional directors and staff mid-May to early August.

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Applications closed. 

When applying, be prepared to submit a resume with two references, cover letter, and an essay. The essay should be 600 word (or less) addressing your reasons for applying, what your past experiences (employment, education, volunteer work, and otherwise) will bring to the internship, what you hope to gain from the internship, and how this internship will support your professional and educational goals.


ISU Student Eligibility - Summer 2021

You must be in good academic standing to apply for and participate in this internship. Accumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is required.

You must be an Iowa State University undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior the fall semester following the summer internship in the colleges of Human Sciences, Agriculture and Life Sciences or Design.

You may receive academic credit providing this has been arranged with your college. These arrangements are your responsibility. You will pay the appropriate tuition if the internship is being completed for academic credit.

Letters of intent must be signed and returned.You must pass necessary background screenings. This process is done as soon as a letter of intent is signed.

Get paid $12/hour for 320 to 480 hours (mid May- early August). Housing is not provided (2021 only). Some experiences and work will be virtual. For in-person experiences, you must have access to dependable transportation. You will be reimbursed for mileage at the rate defined by the IRS.

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Read what former interns accomplished as a Rising Star

2019 Rising Star Internship Final Reports 

2018 Rising Star Internship Final Reports

2017 Community and Economic Development Plans:

You'll apply and integrate your academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a work setting. You'll develop and increase your knowledge about your abilities, goals, and career interests. Take a greater responsibility of your education and life by developing more self-reliance, personal styles, values, and beliefs in a manner consistent with becoming a responsible and productive individual. You'll expand your awareness of the world beyond the ISU campus by exposing you to a variety of careers available through ISU Extension and Outreach. 

Questions? Ask one of the ISU Extension and Outreach regional director supervisors

Cheryl Heronemus - Region 1
Cell 712-240-2472  hero@iastate.edu

Donovan Olson - Region 4
Cell 641-512-1750  donovano@iastate.edu

Molly Hewitt - Region 6
Cell 712-539-1059  hewittm@iastate.edu

RaeAnn Gordon - Region 11
Office  319-377-9839 raeannb@iastate.edu

Janet Smith, Region 27
Cell 319-325-2051  jansmith@iastate.edu

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The Rising Star Internship program is a cooperative effort between Iowa State University Colleges of DesignAgriculture and Life SciencesHuman Sciences, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Locate an ISU Extension and Outreach county office.