The Extension & Public Engagement Connection Center is a portal for the University of Illinois community to connect with Extension for public impact-focused scholarship. We help individuals find partners with common interests to pursue applied research, teaching, and outreach through the deeply rooted Extension network, in order to deliver positive impacts for Illinois residents.

Extension operates through the nationwide land-grant university system and is a partnership between federal, state, and local governments. Using university research, Extension educators translate science for the public, engage the public to act, prepare people for a better life, provide rapid response in disasters, develop partnerships, and connect people online.

Nearly 700 Extension staff live and work in all 102 Illinois counties, engaging Illinois residents through more than 1.3 million educational contacts each year. Extension staff are experts on their communities’ needs, establishing lasting partnerships and offering programs across five critical issue areas – food, economy, environment, community, and health.

Programs we offer

For students

Graduate students who are interested in exploring public service careers, and who are completing their degree at UIUC, are encouraged to apply to the Illini Science Policy Program

Undergraduates may qualify for paid internships via the University of Illinois Extension Internship Program. This 10-week summer program is open to juniors and seniors and may be located throughout Illinois.

For professionals

EPECC offers a variety of program and services for professionals interested in community-engaged scholarship, be it public service, research, teaching, or professional development.

UIUC employees interested in public outreach and engagement are encouraged to join the Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network to meet like-minded colleagues cross all campus units and pursue joint interests and professional development.

UIUC investigators interested in pursuing applied research and public outreach with Extension may apply for an Extension Collaboration Grants. Awards provide up to $60,000 per project over two years. 

Local, state, and federal public agencies and legislative offices are encouraged to explore the Illini Science Policy Program. The program matches highly motivated and qualified recent graduates from UIUC with Illinois public agencies or the legislature for a 12-month paid appointment. Hosts provide an educational opportunity to the scholars who will, in turn, provide substantial professional contributions to the office.

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