Summer Internship Program: Madison County - Position 2 (ANR)


Primary Program Area Focus:  ANR

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

Local Food Programming – Works with the Madison Farmers Market Association and the Rappahannock Regional Planning Commission to develop innovative marketing and promotional strategies to increase the number of producers, expand the marketing opportunities to existing producers and illustrate the economic impact of the local farmers market to local stakeholders.  Projects that will be initiated with the intern include a grant funded local food directory with the regional planning commission; develop a local farm and food economy strategic plan, local food events.

Forage Nutrient Management Planning - Intern will assist with the collection of field data to write nutrient management plan for forage based livestock operation.  Plans will be evaluated for proper placement of nutrients, cost analysis and soil quality improvement.

Small Ruminant Production – Intern will assist in reorganization of the Orange Area Wool Pool and the Central Virginia Sheep Producers association starting with planning an annual business meeting to discuss reorganizational plans, elect new officers, update mailing list to electronic format, develop an educational plan of work for the year and explore the possibility of combining these two producers group into one entity.  In addition, the intern with help organize the monthly state graded lamb and goat sales and Orange area wool pool.

4-H Program – Assist 4-H Agent with summer 4-H program such as summer workshops, 4-H Camp and the Madison County Fair.

2. Describe the knowledge / skills you expect the intern to gain from this experience.

  • Program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Developing committee, conducting a business meeting and work as a team member.
  • Organizational and logistical skills necessary to conduct a program.
  • Developing marketing materials for the public, social media and mass media.
  • Soil Testing, mapping, nutrient management, calibrating equipment and collecting research plot data
  • Preparing programs/exhibits and presenting to groups/audiences.

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

Intern will review the Unit POW and situation analysis programming priority areas that were used to determine the unit and ANR Agents plan of work program strategies.  The intern will be directly involved in executing some of those program strategies (some listed above) via the Extension programming model.  The VCE website will be the main source of information and resources to develop programs.

In addition, the intern’s plan of work is very inclusive of all VCE program areas.