Friday, March 28, 2014

Three Interns Begin Learning Projects with Greene County Extension

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Three college interns began spring projects in February with Greene County Extension under the supervision of David Burton, county program director. Each student is working on a different project.

Plenty of project ideas still remain according to Burton who says an intern has already been recruited for the summer and another begins in April researching the history of Greene County Extension.

“I’ve not had success in the past even getting one intern but this year has been great and the students are doing quality work that expands what we can do with Greene County Extension’s limited budget,” said Burton.


Vicke Kepling is a graduate business student at Missouri State University and will be graduating with an MBA and a graduate certificate in public management this May.  Her background experience is in journalism, advertising, and office management.  Kepling enjoys creativity, communications, and community service.  She aspires to make the world a better place for future generations. Vicke Kepling (publications intern) has completed a revision of our Greene County Extension brochure and is now working to update our regional media and expert speakers guide.


As a upcoming graduate at Drury University with a bachelor of arts in history, Jennifer Kervian is working with Greene County University of Missouri Extension this spring semester. She enjoys social history and uncovering information about the culture of the past as opposed to just seeing things factually. While at her time at Drury University she also attended Tsinghua University in Beijing for a semester to study Mandarin, and spent a summer interning in Washington DC through The Washington Center Program. She is currently working on creating a directory of one room schoolhouses to exhibit this coming June at the national conference of Country School Association of America.


Savannah Fitzgerald is a political science major at MSU. Her primary project is to develop the council’s candidate forum for this spring to introduce candidates for Presiding Commissioner to Greene County residents. She is working closely with council members and will also be working on a council training presentation.


A list of projects that would be appropriate for interns or volunteers is posted on the Greene County Extension website at

A significant need exists for someone to read the rest of the Extension Council minutes from the mid-1960s to present in order to write a narrative about the history of Greene County Extension. Notes have already been taken on the minutes from 1937 to the mid-1960s.

One-hundred percent of Greene County residents can benefit from the economically sound advice and unbiased, research-based information and education available from University of Missouri Extension programs in Greene County. Specialists with MU Extension offer educational programs that make lifelong learning fun and help people help themselves. More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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