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University of Maryland Extension Workforce Development & Extension internship students are, from left, Grace Tisone (University of Maryland-College Park), Nathan Villiger (St. Mary’s College of Maryland), Makayla Kret (University of Maryland-College Park), Cai Diggs (University of Maryland-College Park), Khylah Harris (Morgan State University), Kendell Weingard (Salisbury University) and Brian Wathen (College of Southern Maryland).

From the first steps in implementing a research project to educating the public through workshops and field days, the first cohort of University of Maryland Extension interns completed the Workforce Development & Extension Internship, experiencing first-hand the land-grant mission of research and community outreach.

“This is a portal for people to access university knowledge. You can develop educational programs others will appreciate, and really engage with communities,” Dean Craig Beyrouty of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources said in a news release. “What you learn in Extension multiplies everywhere else.”