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2017 Summer Internship

Title: Agriculture in the Classroom 2017 Summer Internship

Description:  Annually, the Cook County Farm Bureau® Foundation offers an internship within the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Department in Countryside, IL.  The internship begins in late May and will extend to early August.


-     Assist with the planning and organization of Summer Agricultural Institute/Conference for K-12 school teachers. This includes the research and compilation of educational materials including sample lesson plan materials, ag commodity information, organization of supplies, development of rosters and preparation of summary reports/letters following program. 

-     Create and present farm programs to libraries in Cook County for youth ages 5-11. Themes will focus on agriculture related topics where the intern will educate and do a craft/activity for one hour. Anticipate 10-one hour programs at varying locations. Share agriculture knowledge with urban non-ag audience. 

-     Serve as main organizer for summer youth (ages 8-11) Passport to the Farm Camp for up to 55 young campers. Intern will create farm themed lessons and crafts and organize 12 or more learning stations for the one week program in late July.

-     Re-organization of educational kits, activity binders and related materials in order to ready AITC program for fall workshops and seminars. Creation of new materials for use in future classroom programs.

-     Posting of events, videos and photos on Facebook, Twitter and related social media. Revisions to website pages including updates and blogging.

-     Writing of articles for The Cooperator, the monthly publication of the Cook County Farm Bureau, on activities of the AITC program.

-      Performs miscellaneous duties as they relate to the AITC program


-      The student should have completed 30 undergraduate hours and be enrolled at an accredited college or university.

-     The student’s degree program should be focused in the area of agriculture education and/or agriculture communications. Solid knowledge of agriculture industry including crops and livestock. Must be interested in working with children in grades K-5 as well as teachers of elementary/middle school students. 

-     The qualified student will possess excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to speak in front of large groups of children and adults, including educators.

-     The student will possess solid computer skills including knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher (or similar) and be able to support all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and website blog. 

-     The individual must have good organizational skills and be able to work independently on a wide variety of assignments simultaneously.

-     Must have transportation for all programming needs throughout county. 

Additional information:

-     This is a paid internship, available to current college students.  Anticipate job requirement of 20-30 hours per week. Some area travel required. The position is selected through an interview process and application as well as resume, academic transcripts, and references.

Contact information:

For more information or to apply, contact Diane Merrion via email at aitc@cookcfb.org.


Past Interns

2016: Karina Barrios & Reilly Neeson

2015: Nicole Zeien

2014: Kendall Herron

2013: Stephanie Raymond

2012: Brittany Pieper

2011: Kelly Stanley

2010: Kelly Stanley

2009: Loretta Stumpf

2007: Candice Jones

2006: Candice Jones

2005: Claire Fitzpatrick

2003: Erin Lanning

2005: Renee Stranski