Summer Internship Program: Arlington County


Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H, ANR, and FCS

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

The intern will split time and duties among our three program areas: 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).

With the 4-H Youth Development Program:
The intern will attend 4-H Camp, which runs overnight June 28-July 2 at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, Virginia. At camp, the intern will be responsible for teaching a class, providing lodge supervision, and assisting the 4-H Agent with other duties as assigned. The intern will also provide administrative support in the weeks leading up to camp. More information on our camp is available on our website, here:

In addition, the 4-H intern can expect to facilitate programming with youth around Arlington.  Programs topics may include environmental education, teen leadership, career skills, nutrition, and other subject areas as need arises. The intern may also assist our Financial Program Associate in conducting financial simulations at elementary and middle schools around the County. 

With the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program:
Activities will include developing display materials for the Arlington County Fair and for the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Field Day.  Specifically, we will focus on pollinator protection and landscape pesticide reduction education. The intern will be embedded with the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist and the Extension Master Gardener volunteer programs.    

With the Family and Consumer Sciences Program:
The intern will assist with youth and adult education programming in energy efficiency, nutrition, and financial education; prepare and/or conduct cooking/nutrition demonstrations as needed; and develop engaging activities for local community events. The intern will assist with planning the Urban Agriculture Symposium, assist with local day camps, and create blog posts about FCS programs.

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

The intern who accepts this position will gain program development experience through preparing and facilitating educational programming for youth. The intern will gain valuable experience in public speaking, program administration, positive youth development, customer service, and working with youth and adult volunteers. Other projects may build professional social media, marketing, and program evaluation skills.

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

The intern will collaborate with all of Arlington’s VCE staff, allowing the intern to gain firsthand insight into our 4-H, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Financial Volunteer, Master Food Volunteer, and Energy Masters programs. The intern will also attend monthly staff meetings and bimonthly ELC meetings.