Summer Internship Program: Campbell County

Campbell County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H   

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

The Campbell County summer intern will work with the 4-H program. The intern will assist the 4-H agent on program planning and preparation, marketing, program delivery and evaluation.  Campbell County has a large teen leader program that provides extensive leadership and camp specific training to thirty-five to forty teens that will be leaders at camp.  The intern will help with 4-H teen leaders training, which has a focus on preparing teens to be counselors at Junior Camp as well as teaching basic leadership skills. Campbell County’s Junior camp will be held at Holiday Lake on July 31- August 4. The intern will have the opportunity to help in preparation for training as well as interacting with the youth during training and in the Camp environment.  Along with camp preparation, the intern will become familiar with the 4-H online system.  Campbell County 4-H also has an active summer program including day camps that the intern will have similar duties to that of Junior Camp.  Another focus for Campbell County 4-H is recruiting and developing Volunteers and strengthening the club programing.  The intern will have the opportunity to help with strengthening current and developing new strategies that will accomplish this goal.  In addition, Campbell County will be updating Reality Store materials, which the intern will have the opportunity to assist in this project.  STEM and NRE education are a significant focus in Campbell.  Although not required, interest in these areas would be advantageous. We are looking for a team player that is not afraid to be creative and take the lead with youth when needed.

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

The intern will gain knowledge within Extension and will learn first-hand how VCE responds to local needs and collaborates with local partners and university specialists. The intern will have interaction with youth and adults that will give valuable experience.  The percentage of time working with programs may be adjusted slightly to develop the intern’s future career goals.

They will also start to develop an understanding of programming planning, implementation, and evaluation using the VCE programming process model, develop interpersonal and organizational skills used to implement VCE programming through work experiences, and develop a better knowledge and understanding of VCE, with the significant focus on the 4-H program.

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

Virginia Cooperative Extension intern will develop an understanding of the VCE mission.  Building local relationships and collaborative partnerships, we help people put scientific knowledge to work through learning experiences that improve economic, environmental, and social well-being.  Even though the intern will be working with 4-H, he or she will gain a general understanding of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community Viability as well.