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Expanding FD's Internship Efforts

By Heather Lee, Project Manager<

While many Family Development staff have been long-time users of interns and volunteers, we hadn't developed an official process for accepting, managing, and tracking these individuals. Given changes in U of M policy and increasing interest in exploring Extension's best practices related to volunteer management, FD leadership is working toward standardizing and better managing FD's own internship and volunteer process.

We're happy to announce that we are ready to roll out Phase One of that project! Last month, we put a call out to FD supervisors and administration for internship possibilities within their programs. Earlier today, we launched FD's new Internship Opportunities website, the go-to place to explore paid and unpaid internship possibilities, and to apply for one of our internship opportunities.

We hope to work with staff to gather new internship possibilities in preparation for every fall, spring, and summer semester.

How You Can Help
We need your help to make this internship effort a success! Here's what you can do:
  • Refer possible candidates, e.g. college students or friends (of any age) making a career change to the new website: Internship Opportunities.
  • Share the new website and available internships through your social media and other communication networks.
  • Keep internships possibilities in mind as you discover new needs for programming or apply for grants. Watch for a call for new internship proposals in May, and again in August.

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