Rising Star Internship

We regret to announce Iowa State University Extension will not have the Rising Star Internship program summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa State University students who are eligible (see below), please watch for summer 2021 announcements.

Join a team of interns.

The ISU Rising Star Internship is a paid internship for eligible Iowa State University students. Multi-disciplinary teams work under the supervision of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach regional directors and staff mid May to early August. Teams are housed in different regions of Iowa working with not-for-profit organizations, local food systems, families, agencies, and/or community and economic development organizations. Students may work on communications, promotions, social media content, and more while gaining experience with working with Iowa State's branding and editorial standards.

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

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Keep watching for application information, summer 2021.

Become a Rising Star videoISU Student Eligibility

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

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, Liberal Arts and 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.

Students receive $12/hour for 480 hours (mid May- early August). Housing is provided. You are expected to live in the housing provided. You must have ready access to dependable transportation. Carpooling is expected when possible. You will be reimbursed for mileage at the rate allowed by the IRS.

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.

More about the Rising Star Internship Program

2019 Rising Star Internship Final Reports 

2018 Rising Star Internship Final Reports

2017 Community and Economic Development Plans:
Hotel Winifred
Worth County Fairgrounds
Local Foods Plan 

This internship gives you - an Iowa State student - a unique, multi-disciplinary opportunity to learn while living and working in rural Iowa communities. Immersed in Iowa communities from mid-May to early August, you'll work in teams addressing real-life situations based on community needs. You could work with non-profit organizations, local food systems, families, agencies, and/or community and economic development organizations focusing on specific projects during the internship. Projects with a focus on community access to nutritious food have names such as Power of Produce club, or include food demonstrations at farmers markets, or strengthen healthy food options for communities while supporting local farmers. Projects with a focus on the community economy have included development of a strategic plan outlining a nursing home’s support and construction of a child care center and another for a strategic plan to restore an old hotel to its former glory.

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? ISU Extension and Outreach regional director supervisors:

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

Donovan Olson - Region 3
Cell 641-512-1750  donovano@iastate.edu

Molly Hewitt - Region 5
Office 712-276-2157  hewittm@iastate.edu

Janet Smith, Region 20
Cell 319-325-2051  jansmith@iastate.edu

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