Positive Youth Development

College Student Opportunities

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National 4-H Council

The Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program is committed to offering hands-on, youth-centered programs to school-age youth in Nebraska communities. 

The following opportunities are available to University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students interested in gaining hands-on, real-world experience in positive youth development.

Husker Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has launched the Husker Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities (HALO) program, which offers hands-on, youth-centered programs to school-age youth in Nebraska communities. HALO brings together undergraduate instructional leaders to support local county 4-H programs in developing and delivering educational programs.

Job Description

Review and placement of students for the 2021 summer experiences has been completed. 

Intern LocationFacilityStart DateEnd DateTime CommitmentExperience DescriptionSupervisor
Beatrice, NE Gage County Extension Office 05/17/21 08/06/21 20-40 hours per week (depending on the week) Plan, teach, manage, and facilitate virtual workshops. Assist 4-H volunteers with the delivery of in-person, anytime learning programs. Lead development of science literacy take-home kits. Complete general county fair preparations. Assist with Summer Reading Program and Summer School. Assist other Extension professionals as needed.  Jacie Milius
Bridgeport, NE or Oshkosh, NE Garden-Morrill Counties 05/24/21 08/06/21 30 hours per week Create SPIN Clubs tailored directly to the interests of youth in a summer school program. Work with local libraries to deliver the Summer Reading Program. Provide assistance for leadership and sewing camp at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp. Sarah Paisley
Columbus, NE Platte County 06/01/21 06/30/21 35-40 hours per week Facilitate STEM summer camps for elementary and middle school students in partnership with Columbus Public Schools. Participate in additional programming opportunities as available.  Jill Goedeken
Halsey, NE Nebraska State 4-H Camp 05/17/21 08/13/21 5-6 days per week Plan, direct, and supervise daily programs and activities at the Nebraska 4-H Camp. Help campers and counselors learn life skills and develop confidence by facilitating canoeing, tubing, swimming, rappelling, climbing, zip line, ropes course, shooting sports, and much more. More details found at https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/summer-jobs-program-staff. Katie Zabel
Lincoln, NE UNL Campus 06/01/21 06/30/21 Varied - 20 hours per week Assist in the development and implementation of statewide career and college readiness programming efforts, including but not limited to: assisting camp directors with Big Red Summer Academic Camps (including overnight chaperone responsibilities), creating content and facilitating programming with youth participants from elementary to high school age, and developing digital resources for educator use such as videos, podcasts, blogs, etc.  Dawn Lindsley
Lincoln, NE Lancaster County 06/01/21 07/30/21 10-20 hours per week Assist with Clover College, workshops, and partnerships with community organizations. Organize pre-fair events. Create club educational kits.  Tracy Anderson
Norfolk, NE Madison County 05/17/21 08/06/21 Average of 35 hours per week, some weeks higher Teach summer reading program, as well as summer day camps and workshops. Prepare for county fair. Assist with 4-H judging day and setup. Prepare school enrichment programs.  Sarah Polacek, Wayne Ohnesorg
Omaha, NE Douglas-Sarpy Counties 05/19/21 07/30/21 40 hours (6/7-7/30/21); training and prep in May will vary in hours per week Deliver the Biomedical Engineering STEM Day Camp (in-person and/or virtual, depending on partner). Assist with youth survey administration and data entry. Replenish kits for weekly programs. Provide insight and refresh resources to the program. More details found at https://4h.un.edu/imagine-science Tiffany Sessions
Omaha, NE Douglas-Sarpy Counties 05/15/21 08/10/21 20 hours per week Work with youth peer mentors (ages 15-18) as a part of the 4-H Mentoring Program. Assist 4-H Teen Teachers in delivering programming focused on STEM, Health, and well-being. Assist with county fair and increasing participation of underserved youth in the community.  Stephanie Thorson
Rushville, NE or Alliance, NE Dawes, Sioux, Sheridan, and Box Butte Counties 05/24/21 08/06/21 30 hours per week Assist with day camps, day workshops, afterschool summer programs, and summer reading programs. Assist with volunteer management and potentially provide support during the county fair.  Melissa Mracek
Scottsbluff, NE Scotts Bluff, Kimball and Banner Counties 06/01/21 08/06/21 20-40 hours per week Implement a program that relates to your passion area and bring it to life by sharing it with constituents in the county. Collaborate with local elementary schools, community gardens, home school co-ops, summer school camps, and 4-H special interest clubs, to deliver various educational programs.  Nathan Rice
Trenton, NE or Benkelman, NE Dundy, Hayes, and Hitchcock Counties 05/17/21 08/06/21 32-40 hours per week Assist with summer reading program, 4-H camps, and special interest workshops. Provide support for three county fairs. Design and prepare 4-H kits in a bag.  Kimberly Cook
Weeping Water, NE Cass County 05/26/21 08/16/21 25 hours per week Assist with creation of new educational initiatives. Create exhibits. Teach hands-on lessons to the public. Interact with local partner organizations. Interest in topics of earth systems, science teaching, environmental education, or Nebraska history a plus.  Tracy Ensor
Wilber, NE Saline County 06/01/21 07/30/21 30 hours per week Assist with 4-H camps. Plan, develop, and teach sessions for day camp. Assist with summer reading programs at local libraries. Assist with STEM Cares project in cooperation with local school. Eric Stehlik


The STEM CARES program is looking for up to six undergraduate students interested in STEM or STEM Education to hire as part-time Instructional Leaders during summer (5/10/21-7/30/21). In this position, Instructional Leaders will help develop STEM curriculum and support high school students via virtual learning communities over the course of the semester as the high school students lead out-of-school-time STEM programs in school-age childcare settings and summer camps around Nebraska. Instructional Leaders would have the opportunity to work directly with high school students, helping them learn how to be effective STEM program instructors, supported by 4-H Youth Development faculty and staff with significant expertise in STEM Education. While this is a paid job opportunity for undergraduates ($12/hr, minimum of 5 hours/week for 10-12 weeks), it will also be a learning opportunity and valuable professional experience. This job can be done remotely. Questions? Contact Project Lead Rebecca Swanson at rebecca.swanson@unl.edu or Project Manager Ann O'Connor at aoconnor2@unl.edu.


STEMentors eLearning Program

STEMentors is an eLearning program providing afterschool with high-quality educational experiences focused upon science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These STEM-related experiences are led via video conferencing by off-site eMentors. 

eMentor aplications for the Fall 2021 STEMentors program will be accepted in August 2021.