Summer Internship Program: Arlington County - Position 2


Primary Program Area Focus: ANR

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

The Agriculture Natural Resources summer intern may expect to become involved in the life of the ANR program in all its diversity.  These tasks may include but shall not be limited to the following:

  • Working with Master Gardener volunteers to complete a signage and plant-cataloging project
  • Working with the Master Gardener public education program to support demonstration garden activities and educational programs.
  • Assisting the public education outreach Master Naturalists volunteers with programs on Mosquito and Tick ID and control with an emphasis on pesticide safety.
  • Developing display materials for the Arlington County Fair exhibit in August
  • Assisting with the presentation of the Master Gardener Communications efforts for a Master Gardener College event.
  • Assisting the Master Gardener program coordinator with the volunteer management data entry
  • Working with the Communications committee to organize a photo bank.
  • Work with our VCE Marketing staff person to develop public evaluation tools and mailing lists.
  • Assisting with the development of the 2017 Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit event.
  • Updating a module on community garden support for local use.
  • Developing a volunteer program for community garden support in Arlington and Alexandria
  • Creating a template and collecting content for a weekly horticulture help desk diagnostic newsletter.

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

When the student intern begins employment with VCE, he/she is expected to assume, as much as possible, the role of an Extension Agent. The responsibilities include:

  1. Adhering to unit work hours, policies, procedures and rules governing professional staff behavior.
  2. Adhering to unit policies governing the observation of confidentiality and the handling of confidential information.
  3. Assuming personal and professional responsibility for his/her actions and activities.
  4. Maintaining professional relationships with unit employees, customers and so forth.
  5. Utilizing a courteous, enthusiastic, open-minded, critical approach to policies and procedures within the profession.
  6. Relating and applying knowledge acquired in the academic setting to the unit setting.
  7. Developing self-awareness in regard to attitudes, values, behavior patterns, and so forth that influence work.
  8. Preparing for and utilizing events, activities, and other opportunities of learning afforded in the unit.

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

Summer Intern can expect to improve their computer skills as well as learn how to develop public education outreach materials and delivery skills.   Working with volunteers and leadership boards of two large volunteer organizations he/she can expect to learn about how VCE works and manages volunteers as well as gain an appreciation for the tremendous gifts that volunteers bring to our organization.  

He/she will gain a greater understanding of Cooperative Extension and how we work with partners and local government to craft together a program of public education.