The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Engaged Learning

Externships in Sustainability 

Activity: Discovery

Competency: Sustainability

When: Summer 2016

Application Deadline: May 13, 2016


Coordinated by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Externships in Sustainability program matches UA undergraduate students with sustainability projects across Arizona counties. Projects change every year based on county needs – previous externs worked on rainwater harvesting, vegetable gardening resources, nutrition curricula, 4H youth activities, integrated pest management, community/school gardens, and farmers’ market start-up/management.
You’ll work 35 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer, from mid-May – August, alongside local Cooperative Extension faculty and staff. Your effort will have an immediate impact on the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the county. Experience is not required but your energy, your open mind, and your new ideas are a must!
For summer 2016, we’re recruiting 13 UA students to work on projects in in eight AZ counties:

  • Douglas, Cochise County – Integrated Sustainable Gardening Education
  • Flagstaff, Coconino County – Kitchen Garden
  • Globe, Gila County – Gila Community Food Bank & Copper Canyon Community Gardens
  • Safford, Graham County – Find it/Use It: Water Harvesting, Low Water Use Landscaping & Local Food Production
  • Phoenix, Maricopa County – Sustainable Solutions for Field Crops Pest Management in Central Arizona
  • Tucson, Pima County – Engraver Beetle Research
  • Tucson, Pima County – Tucson Village Farm
  • Tubac, Santa Cruz County – Community Gardens of Tubac
  • Prescott, Yavapai County – Yavapai Seasonal Harvest