Summer Internship Program: Bath and Highland Counties

Bath County and Highland County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H

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

The Intern will be assisting in the day-to-day operation of the Bath and Highland County Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices. They will work on summer specific programming, which will include both day camps and 2018 Junior 4-H Camp at the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center. The majority of work will involve help in the capacity of    4-H programming, but the Intern will also deal with FCS agents and ANR duties.

May (Training):

  • Introduction to Bath & Highland office staff
  • Prepare and plan items and activities for a Day Camp to be held for Cloverbuds, age 5-8. Also, provide publicity for the event to include flyers, brochures, radio spots and newspaper article.
  • Attend in-school visits with 4-H agent in Bath. Depending upon arrival, Intern will be given an opportunity to lead an in-school program with at least one grade level.
  • Attend Millboro after-school 4-H meeting and/or lend programming assistance in cooperation with Kim Manion & Adult Volunteers.
  • Attend at least one day of overnight training for Junior 4-H Camp Teens and Adults at Camp ACCOVAC in Millboro.
  • Attend monthly VCE staff meeting.

June (project facilitation):

  • Assist with Forestry Fun Day in Bath County at Millboro Elementary School – run a station/classroom workshop.
  • Attend 2018 Junior 4-H Camp cluster planning meetings with 4-H agent.
  • Learn the day-to-day workings of an office. Assist UAA Molly Parker with Bath office needs, camp registration, etc.
  • Provide assistance/potential partnership with Valley Elementary School Garden Club throughout the summer.
  • Radio spot –will write and deliver an introduction of self for listeners and highlight camp and summer programing.
  • Attend after-school or community 4-H meeting in Bath County – provide program pending adult volunteer partnership.
  • Assist in planning a summer Bath County ELC informational gathering; provide the program alongside 4-H Agent.
  • Provide office coverage as needed.
  • Create and present a 6 hour 4-H Day Camp/Activity – for 4-H’ers 9-13 in Bath County.
  • Help with preparations for a Teen Day Camp in Highland County.
  • Attend monthly VCE staff meeting.

July (project facilitation):

  • Assist Molly with camp preparation (printing, nametags, packets, class assignments, correspondence and planning).
  • Assist with Highland 4-H/FFA Fair animal early weigh-in day in Blue Grass (3rd Saturday).
  • Create and present a 6 hour 4-H Day Camp/Activity – for 4-H’ers 9-13 in Highland County.
  • Plan and organize a Bath County Cloverbud Day Camp in Millboro.
  • Radio spot (2) – summary of internship progress to date and upcoming events.
  • During the week of July 9 – 13, 40 hours assistance/supervision for the 2018 Junior 4-H Camping week at the Skelton 4-H Center; teaching a class, nighttime supervision, etc.
  • Provide Junior Master Gardener Program Assistance in Highland (1-2 programs).
  • Assist Kathy (1-2 days) with Highland County Fair items (printing ,office work, organizational things needed for fair).
  • Help with preparations for a Teen Day Camp or special interest program in Bath County – for 4-H’ers 14-18 (4-6 hours).
  • Provide office coverage as needed.
  • Attend monthly VCE staff meeting.

August: (Review, Program Evaluation)

  • Radio spot – final “thank you” spot
  • Provide office coverage as needed.
  • Assistance with Cloverbud Day camp at Highland (6-10 hours).
  • Help with in-school preparations for the upcoming school year. Prepare enrollment packets and paperwork, flyers, etc.

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

The Intern will gain knowledge and broaden their skill sets to include program creation and the use of 4-H curriculum and research-based materials for lesson planning. The position will also offer the opportunity to provide supervision of youth and learn leadership skills necessary for teaching and facilitating youth projects. The Intern will engage in many different types of 4-H activities from summer day camps, overnight camping, club meetings, and in-school program facilitation. The participant will learn best practices of radio promotion and publication creation. As this position will involve working on their own in many cases, it will require the Intern to learn the importance of scheduling and efficient use of time and resources for program management. Another aspect of working in an educational setting will be to learn the importance of evaluation procedures for youth programming in terms of future improvements and record keeping.

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

The selected student will discover the breadth of the VCE program primarily through summer camps and 4-H programs in Bath and Highland, which are integrated between all VCE agent positions. Animal Science, plant knowledge and conservation of natural resources is shared through workshops, animal project work and Fair participation. Youth learn the value of healthy living and better nutrition practices through summer camp activities and classes conducted by our FCS Agents. The student chosen for the Bath internship will be exposed to a 4-H program set in a rural area. A major responsibility of the Intern, as with the Agents and staff will be to do the majority of program planning based not only on their own expertise, but with the help of neighboring Agents and the sound and broad-based curriculum provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The goal is always to enhance the 4-H experience for local youth in Bath and Highland Counties, and help them learn about available opportunities beyond the county borders.