Rising Star Internship

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Rising Star Internship

Summer 2018.

This is a paid internship for eligible Iowa State University students. Teams of three work under the supervision of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach regional directors and staff during mid May through early August. Teams are housed in different regions of Iowa working with not-for-profit organizations, local food systems, families, agencies, and/or communities and economic development organizations.



Goals of the Rising Star Internship Program

  • Prepare you for success in Iowa employment after graduation.
  • Apply, evaluate, test, and integrate academic knowledge and theoretical concepts in a work setting.
  • Develop and increase your knowledge about your abilities, goals, and career interests in a work setting.
  • Expand your awareness of the world beyond the ISU campus by exposing you to a variety of careers available through ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Take a greater responsibility of your education and life and develop more self-reliance, personal styles, values, and beliefs in a manner consistent with becoming a responsible and productive individual.
  • Provide you with experience in the discipline and discriminatory use of evidence in making decisions and solving problems in a work setting.
  • Introduce you to careers available in ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Advance ISU Extension and Outreach programming in Iowa.

ISU 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 sophomore, junior, or senior status and an undergraduate in the fall semester following the summer internship in the Colleges of Human Sciences, Agriculture and Life Sciences, or Design at Iowa State University.
  • 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.

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  • Letters of intent must be signed and returned by the end of November.
  • 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.

Printable brochure

Region 2 still seeking interns. Seeking College of Design student focused or interested in community and regional planning. Contact Bryan Whaley below for more details. Apply through CyHire

Before 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.

Questions? ISU Extenson and Outreach regional director supervisors:

Northwest:  Cheryl Heronemus, Region 1. Cell 712-240-2472, hero@iastate.edu
Western:  Sherry McGill, Region 5. Cell 712-539-1059, mcgills@iastate.edu
Southeast:  Janet Smith, Region 20. Cell 319-325-2051, jansmith@iastate.edu
North Central:  Bryan Whaley, Region 2. Cell 515-341-6967, bwhaley@iastate.edu