Summer Internship Program: Arlington County - Position 1

Arlington

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H and FCS

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

The intern will be working with our 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs. For 4-H s/he will focus on the following tasks:

4-H Camp

  • Assist with preparation for camp
  • Attend camp & help with supervision of campers
  • Teach a morning class

Communication

  • Develop 4-H Summer newsletter
  •  Contribute to social media

Environmental Ed

  • Develop volunteer training resources
  • Enhance resource packet and materials
  • Create evaluation tools

Facilitation

  • Conduct Teen Leadership/Communication Programming
  • Develop and lead summer programs as needed
  • Attend and support summer Nature Knights programming

In our FCS programs the intern will contribute to nutrition, financial, and energy efficiency education work in the following ways:

  • Develop and deliver lessons at farmers’ markets to encourage SNAP beneficiaries to redeem their benefits at the markets and in general to encourage increased consumption of local produce.
  • Create a nutrition exhibit for our office’s booth at the Arlington County Fair.
  • Attend Kids Marketplace youth financial simulations and tabulate the data from these events.
  • Lead nutrition classes in the community for children and adults using approved VCE curricula.
  • Help to publicize the fall Energy Masters Volunteer training.
  • Other duties as necessary.

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

The intern will gain experience in marketing and communications, public relations, youth development programs, designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs, exhibit design, and a basic understanding of nutrition, finance, horticulture, energy conservation, and youth development principles.

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

We are fortunate to have an office where all of Extension’s program areas are active. We have two Family and Consumer Sciences agents, a 4-H agent, and an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent. We also have a horticulture technician, a financial education program associate, a marketing and communications associate, and a program assistant who teaches nutrition to SNAP (formerly called food stamps) recipients. The intern will be exposed to all of the programs that Extension offers in an urban setting in Virginia.

Ours is a busy and exciting office with constant interaction between staff, volunteers, and the public. We very much look forward to welcoming an intern into this environment so that we can provide valuable work experience and networking opportunities.