Summer Internship Program: Buckingham County

Buckingham County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H, ANR, and the local Soil and Water Conservation District

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

In the recent situation analysis, two of the top issues identified for Buckingham County were agriculture & forestry, and positive youth programming.  Hiring a VCE summer intern will enable Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide additional programming during the summer to address these needs.  The intern in this position will split his/her time equally between 4-H, ANR, and the local SWCD.  Partial funding for this internship is provided by the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District and three weeks of the summer will be spent in support of ANR and Environmental Education for youth and adults in partnership with the PFSWCD.

Late May 

  • VCE orientation; training
  • Work with ANR Agent on wrap up from Livestock Show; preparing for events
  • Work with 4-H Agent on preparations/paperwork for Cloverbud Weekend and 4-H Camp
  • Work with 4-H Agent/PFSWCD in preparing for and conducting Environmental Day Camp

June

  • Work with UAA and ANR Agent to package and distribute ear tags for the BCA telo-auction
  • Work with UAA and ANR Agent in mailings to producers
  • Work with ANR Agent on farm visits
  • Work with 4-H Agent in preparing for and conducting 4-H Camp and Cloverbud Weekend
  • Work with 4-H Agent in preparing for day camps

July

  • Work with 4-H Agent in providing support for 4-H day camps
  • Work with PFSWCD in records maintenance
  • Work with PFSWCD on upcoming educational programs
  • Work with PFSWCD on files maintenance
  • Assist ANR Agent in Record Keeping during Cattle Grading (Farm Visits)
  • Assist UAA or ANR Volunteer in inputting data into the computer; printing and mailing packets for BCA Telo-Auction

Early August

  • Assist with BCA Telo-Auction preparation and cattle load out
  • Complete intern evaluation

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

The Intern will gain the following knowledge/skills:

  • Cattle working
  • The many facets of preparing cattle for market
  • The contributions VCE makes to the Agriculture community in terms of providing information, education and support
  • The importance of proper record keeping
  •  4-H program planning and delivery
  • How to manage time effectively

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

Through working in a very busy Extension Unit, the Intern will be immersed in 4-H programming and ANR programming with a special emphasis on cattle production.  He/she will be interacting with agricultural producers as well as clientele with home gardening, forestry, pest control, or related questions.  He/she will also work with youth in camp settings and interact with their parents/guardians on the phone and in person.  Through everyday activity, answering phones, and greeting walk-in clients, the VCE summer intern will gain a good understanding of Extension summer programming at the local level.