Summer 2023: Extension Interns at Work
UConn Extension offers experiential learning to undergraduate students each summer through our internship program. Each of the UConn students is paired with an Extension educator, and gains experiences with our programs that can help launch their careers. Our students share their experiences with the various statewide educators and programs from summer 2023.
- I play soccer
Financial Literacy for Youth and Young Adults Intern | Major: Computer Science, '26 CLAS
As an early high school student, I was fascinated by the power of technology, its ability to positively impact millions of people worldwide. I knew going into college, software engineering would be the first thing I would tackle. This summer has marked the beginning of my journey as a UConn student, which has proven to be filled with meaningful experiences and active engagement. Throughout the academic year, I was fortunate enough to secure a position as the youngest team lead in the UConn Innovation Quest, where I had the privilege of collaborating with accomplished entrepreneurs to work on a personal project. As the program came to a close, I focused on my passion for computer science and digital learning.
The Financial Literacy for Youth and Young adults Internship has given me first hand experience into the online educational platform. I have contributed to the second phase of a financial literacy game, where I had the opportunity to analyze a significant volume of data. This experience has allowed me to refine my skills in programming, research, and analytics. Thanks to my supervisor, I have honed my interests in the financial literacy field!
- I am UConn Hartford's USG Vice President!
- I have a one year old Mini-Golden Doodle!
Romina Flores Diaz
Latinx in Conservation Intern | Major: Political Science & History, '26 CLAS
Working with Dr. Mayra Rodríguez González on developing programming for Latino Conservation Week has been the opportunity of a lifetime! The impact I have seen the program create and the outreach we have been able to provide has been incredible, truly a showcase of the impact of inclusivity in environmental outreach. We commonly reach communities that have been traditionally cut off from opportunities to learn about environmental topics by issues as simple as a language barrier.
Through this internship, I have been able to utilize my Spanish speaking skills to communicate with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and build my networking skills, not only in English, but in Spanish as well. A lot of my work has been centered around translating factsheets and media posts to help connect the Spanish speaking community to events in their areas.
My future plans include pursuing a law degree. This internship has helped me to narrow down which fields I am most interested in. I look forward to learning more about environmental law and its intersections with social justice issues. Thanks to Dr.Rodríguez's support, I am eager to see where the rest of my internship will lead!
I love to cook and I recently learned how to make my own noodles!
UConn School and Family, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education Program (SNAP-Ed) Intern Intern | Major: Allied Health Sciences, '24 CAHNR
- I am a member of Alpha Gamma Rho
- I love Applebee's
Fruit Production Intern | Major: Sustainable Crop Production, '24 CAHNR
- I have minors in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Bioinformatics
- I love to travel and one of my favorite experiences has been snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii!
Plant Diagnostic Lab Intern | Major: Biology, '24 CLAS
UConn School and Family, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education Program (SNAP-Ed) Intern Intern | Major: Nutritional Sciences, '25 CAHNR
- From Cheshire, Connecticut
- Sports Nutrition Minor
Fairfield County Community Nutrition Intern | Major: Nutritional Sciences, CAHNR
- The first time I ever heard of 4-H was when I saw a poster for the guinea pig Olympics.
I also enjoy hiking!
UConn 4-H Middlesex County Intern | Major: Nutritional Sciences, CAHNR
I have always been interested in the concept of healthy living and hope to make a meaningful change in this space while educating others on how to live their ideal, healthy, and happy lives. This internship has given me a platform to channel my personal interest into an educational program specifically designed for youth.
Not only was I excited about contributing to the healthy living aspect of 4-H workshops, but I also wanted to learn more about 4-H. I have enjoyed learning about the program and meeting the youth and families involved in 4-H. It is clear how passionate they are about what they do, and the positive impact this program has on their lives.
In this internship, I have had the opportunity to take an active role in promoting healthy living. I plan on running a plant potting booth at the fair, and handing out seeds to families so they can grow their own fruits and vegetables at home! Additionally, I will be organizing and hosting an open house event alongside the intern from New Haven County, where we will give those interested in 4-H a “backstage tour” to introduce them to the program firsthand and answer any questions they may have. I have also been able to increase outreach for 4-H through flyers, and soon at farmer’s markets & local libraries with engaging activities. This internship has allowed me to build new skills such as marketing, leadership, and communication which I am grateful for.
It has been a pleasure working alongside the parents, youth, volunteers, and staff within UConn Extension’s 4-H program. I look forward to seeing all their hard work showcased at the fair this summer!
- I am deathly afraid of spiders.
UConn 4-H New Haven County Intern | Major: Financial Management, '24 Business
- I was an eight-year 4-H member through the UConn Extension program
UConn 4-H Hartford County Intern | Major: Animal Science, '25 CAHNR
- I played piano for 12 years
UConn 4-H New London County Intern | Major: Allied Health, '25 CAHNR
Throughout the summer, I am given opportunities to explore my creativity but also improve upon skills that I would need post graduation. I have contributed on a variety of activities, ranging from assembling kits to coming up with my own activity that I’d like to share with the students. As someone who knew nothing about the 4-H program when I first started, I have been taught their principles and goals, and learned how much care goes into this program.
I am interested in going into perfusion school and the attention to detail that I have to put to practice at this internship supports that.
One of the best parts of working at this internship is the people I work with. My supervisors are extremely supportive and I look forward to learning more as the summer continues.
- I show dairy cows
Salesforce and CRM Intern | Major: Agriculture and Resource Economics
- I am president of the Creative Writing Club
- I am secretary of An Cumann Gaelach (the Irish Club) and took two semesters of Irish
- I like birds
Gabrielle “Gabby” Wincherhern
4-H FANS Fitness and Nutrition Course Intern | Major: Undeclared; Emerging Interest in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, '26 CLAS
Vegetable Entomology Intern | Major:
UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) Sustainability Research & Outreach Intern | Major: Master in Public Policy, CLAS
Pollinator Habitat on Roadsides Intern | Major: Sustainable Plant & Soil Science, CAHNR