Extension Interns Gain Real-World Experience and Serve Local Communities

— Written By
Erin Dillion

Erin Dillon, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center Intern.

Raleigh, N.C. – NC State Extension announced that Erin Dillion is completing an Extension internship this summer with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center.

An Extension summer intern works with Extension personnel to deliver hands-on, educational programs. Job shadowing and mentoring help interns learn about the mission and work of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

“Extension makes a positive difference in the community every day. We provide educational programs that connect communities with research-based information. Our internship program is another way we help prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in food, agriculture, natural resources, and family and consumer sciences,” said Dr. Richard Bonanno, Associate Dean of the NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of NC State Extension.

Erin grew up on her family farm in Julian, NC in Guildford County. She participated in several Guildford County 4-H programs including horticulture, livestock, electricity, and the horse program. Erin served as a 2017-2018 State 4-H officer.

Currently a rising junior at the University of Mount Olive, Erin is seeking a bachelor’s of science degree in Animal Science. She is involved in Collegiate FFA and the Animal Science Club. Erin is also an athlete at UMO competing in Cross Country & Track and Field Hockey.

Erin hopes to pursue a career in Extension through the Livestock or 4-H programs after graduation. Through this Internship, Erin hopes to gain knowledge and understanding of the programming provided through Extension and Land grant universities and their impact on the local community.


NC State Extension is the educational outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise – NC State. Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that help keep North Carolina growing. With local centers in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee, NC State Extension works in tandem with N.C. A&T State University, as well as federal, state, and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension. Discover more at the NC State Extension website.