Summer Internship Program: Alexandria City

City of Alexandria

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H  

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

The City of Alexandria internship will provide the selected applicant an opportunity to work in an urban-based Extension program with a targeted focus on the 4-H Youth Development Program area.  The intern will be involved with special projects, positive youth development programming in an out of school time setting, residential and day 4-H camping programming, and exposure to interdisciplinary programming through working experiences with VCE professionals within the Alexandria Unit office and surrounding areas. The intern will work under the supervision of the 4-H Extension Agent and will be expected to collaborate with Family and Consumer Sciences (SNAP-Ed) Extension Agent.

The City of Alexandria Unit Office staff is committed to creating a positive internship experience. We will attempt to be as flexible as possible in allowing and encouraging the intern to develop programs or experiences in specific areas of personal interest as long as those programs meet locally identified needs. Candidates will work on planned programs, but will also be able to customize the internship as opportunities present themselves.      

Specific internship responsibilities:

  • Assume the role of lead facilitator for 4-H Summer Enrichment programming, presented in partnership with Alexandria Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities, Out of School Time Programming.
  • Assist the FCS SNAP-Ed agent with volunteer leadership recruitment, training and development, focusing on programs such as Teen Cuisine, OrganWise Guys, and Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids.
  • Attend the 2018 Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria 4-H Junior Camp; (July 22- 26, 2018)
  • Provide leadership of the 4-H day camping program through the supervision teen/adult volunteers, development and implication of program plans and evaluation. (Camp Dates: July 10-12, August 7-9, & August 21-23)
  • Help evaluate existing Extension programs for educational quality, behavior changes, and increased life skills.
  • Provide leadership and maintenance to the existing Alexandria 4-H social media platforms. Enhance online presence and marketing of Alexandria 4-H Youth Development.
  • Maintain a personal blog or journal recapping experiences throughout the duration of their internship.

2. Describe the knowledge / skills that the intern is expected to gain from this experience.

This internship will be managed in a way that allows the intern to gain maximum knowledge of Extension programming and skills necessary for an Extension career. Interpersonal skills and strong communication skills will be of the utmost importance and will be stressed as the intern forms positive relationships with officemates, local programming partners, and youth. The intern will have a varied schedule, depending on programs planned and the needs of stakeholders, so time management will be an important skill. The successful candidate will learn the Extension Programming Model and implement the model to both new and existing programs. Additionally, planning and organizational skills will be strengthened through program delivery, data handling, and program support. There will be extensive computer use, especially Microsoft Office Suite, and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MailChimp, etc.). Finally, the intern will help evaluate the effectiveness of Extension programs and learn how agents have to communicate the value of those impacts to others.

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

The intern will work in a unit office staffed with two VCE Agents (4-H & FCS), one Family Nutrition Program Assistant,  and one-unit support staff to gain a better understanding of programs provided by VCE and the planning that goes into quality, educational, community-based programs.  The intern will also have an opportunity to interact with surrounding Extension Offices to learn about the uniqueness and diversity of Extension programming in a variety of localities. A strong office team is currently in place and the intern will be expected to join the team approach to programming.

Additionally, the intern will gain an understanding of and appreciation for the role that VCE plays in the community through partnerships and collaboration.  The intern will be given an opportunity to explore ways in which he/she can obtain a career in Extension.