A new "externship" program at the Norton School is helping students in the Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) program plug into Cooperative Extension for valuable internship experience.
Established earlier this year, the Shirley Jo Taylor Externship is funded by a gift from former faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist Shirley Jo Taylor, with matching funds from the Norton School's Frances McClelland Institute.
Julie Jackson, the first recipient of the Externship, recently completed work in a teen education program at a Maricopa Cooperative Extension site — an opportunity she would have otherwise had to forgo.
"Receiving this scholarship meant that I could dedicate my summer to an internship and not work," Jackson said. "After I graduate, I want to become a counselor, and this job reaffirmed my passion for helping others. Knowing that I've helped make a difference in those teens' lives made this an unbelievable experience."