Summer Internship Program: Sesquicentennial Projects

Greensville County/Emporia

Primary Program Area Focus: Sesquicentennial Projects

1. Describe your plans for this internship.  (i.e. What specifically will the intern be doing?)

This internship located on the Virginia Tech campus will be supervised by Dr. Karen Vines. The intern will assist in collection and processing of artifacts related to Virginia Cooperative Extension originating throughout the state. They will assist in the development and adaptation of materials showcasing VCE’s role across the commonwealth that can be used with the general public and internal audiences in celebration of Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial.

Duties of the intern will include, but are not be limited to:

- Collection and processing of VCE artifacts to contribute to products celebrating CALS contributions to VT’s sesquicentennial. These may include letters, annual reports, photos, videos, etc. Items may come from VCE offices in localities, specialists at VT and VSU, and program teams.

- Assist in having VCE artifacts preserved in the VT library’s special collections.

- Assist in summarizing findings and identifying important aspects of materials.

- Identify and catalog existing VCE historical collections at Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and VCE facilities.

- Identify additional needs and opportunities related to curation and preservation of VCE history.

2.  Describe the knowledge / skills you expect the intern to gain from this experience.  The intern will work closely with Dr. Vines, CALS Communications, the CALS Sesquicentennial committee, VCE leadership, and VT Library special collections to gain knowledge/skills in:
-  Project planning,

-  Identification and assessment of important VCE artifacts,

-  Networking and collaboration in addition to teamwork,

-  Professionalism, and Professional writing.

3.  How will the intern learn about the breadth of VCE and our various program areas?

The primary goal of the VCE internship is to ensure that the intern learns about and understands the breath of Virginia Cooperative Extension programming. This intern will connect with VCE offices throughout the state, working across all program areas, therefore gaining an appreciation of the breadth of the VCE programs across many facets. The intern will also review documented VCE history from archives of the VCE centennial, the College of the Fields, and existing collections on campus and throughout the system.