Summer Internship Program: Bath County

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 Bath VCE Intern will be working under the supervision of 4-H Agent and Bath/Highland Unit Coordinator, Kari Sponaugle. Funds for the intern are provided by Bath County and may make occasional assistive visits to the Highland 4-H program as part of their internship program. Duties of the Bath VCE Intern will include, but not be limited to:

  • Using skills learned from college courses and related experiences to completely plan their own day camp or enrichment project for the youth of Bath County.
  • Working to promote Bath 4-H programming by creating promotional items for upcoming programs.
  • Training assistance and overnight camping supervision during the Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland and Rockingham (AABHR) Junior 4-H Camp week (July 24-28) and prior training endeavors including Camp ACCOVAC overnight training (May 19-20).
  • Assisting the Extension Technician and 4-H Agent with school functions held through Bath County Public Schools.
  • Attending 4-H club meetings with volunteers and offering assistance in programming and activities when needed.
  • Cataloguing and organizing 4-H programming supplies, allowing for proper up-keep, quality control, and ease of use.
  • Learning VCE structure and resources in order to guide Clients to the proper available programming, agents, and publications.
  • Occasionally assisting with a variety of duties within the Highland 4-H program to gain exposure to other 4-H programming including but not limited to early animal weigh-in July 15th, Cloverbud Day Camp Aug 2-3 and a School Garden meeting with the Extension Technician.
  • Learning the basics of an office environment including proper etiquette, presentation, and teamwork skills in order to succeed in future endeavors.
  • Covering the office when UAA and/or 4-H Agent are out of office.

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

The student will:

  • Gain knowledge and skills in program lesson creation,
  • Learn use of 4-H curriculum and research-based materials for lesson planning;
  • Provide supervision and learn leadership skills necessary for teaching and facilitating youth projects;
  • Engage in different types of 4-H activities from summer day camps, overnight camping, club meetings, in-school facilitation, radio promotion, integrated VCE programs between ANR, FCS and 4-H agents, and publication creation;
  • Learn the importance of scheduling and efficient use of time and resources for program management;
  • Learn the value in evaluation procedures of youth programming for future program improvements and record keeping.

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

The breadth of VCE programming will be apparent during the internship as many of the summer 4-H programs are integrated with other VCE agent positions. Animal Science and plant knowledge is shared through workshops and animal project work; youth learn the value of healthy living, conservation of natural resources and better nutrition practices through day camp and summer camp activities, classes and dormitory living, bringing in the aspects of FCS agent positions. The student chosen for the Bath internship will be exposed to a 4-H program set in a very rural and secluded area. A major responsibility of the Intern will be to do the majority of program planning for certain day camps and workshops, based on their personal as well as the VCE Office’s interests, to enhance the Bath County 4-H experience for local youth in Bath County and help them learn about available opportunities beyond the county border.