Summer Internship Program: Chesterfield 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?)

4-H camp, day camps, and  programming support

  • Receive 4-H curriculum training for implementation in day camp settings
  • Assist in residential camp preparations

Plan & implement weekly day camps in Chesterfield VCE office
          i.     July 6 - 31, 2020
          ii.    Supporting 4-H agent, 4-H Program Technician, and hired teen staff
          iii.   Working to recruit and support guest speakers and volunteers for     

  • Help market 4-H programs to community partners
  • Master Gardener and Farmer's Market support
    • Assist with Farmer’s Market preparation and support (Wednesdays May-Aug)
    • Supporting the ANR agent and FCS P14 position
    • Oversee the youth component (Family Fun Day, day camp field trips) of the Farmer’s Market
    • Assist Master Gardner efforts, especially Bumblebee Jamboree event
    • Work with staff and MG volunteers to market programs to the community         

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

  • Knowledge of youth development principals
  • Knowledge of agricultural and agribusiness principals
  • Interest in foods, nutrition, and health; promotion within the community
  • Ability to utilize curriculum and lesson plans for implementation
  • Increased interest and passion for community development
  • Greater ability to work as a team on certain projects and also to take initiative for new programming, recruitment, or training effort
  • Knowledge of effective marketing tools to promote VCE programs
  • Increased knowledge and practice of effective communication skills

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

The Chesterfield Extension intern will be heavily involved in the summer day camp program, however this is a unit-wide effort that will expose the intern to a wide variety of programs housed at the Chesterfield Cooperative Extension Office. 4-H day camp involves every staff member and therefore incorporates all disciplines whether agriculture, family consumer sciences, or youth development.  It also utilizes volunteers from all areas to successfully address a wide range of topics from animal sciences to sustainable agriculture, and entomology to the science of baking. The camps also interact closely with the county farmer’s market and numerous county agencies such as the libraries, police, animal services, and social services. The intern’s participation with camps will provide exposure to all of Extension’s disciplines, as well as the valuable community partnerships and volunteers that are critical to the success of Extension programming.

The selected intern will develop experiences through interdisciplinary events that showcase all that VCE has to offer as an organization.  Many of the marketing opportunities throughout the summer are collaborative efforts by the Chesterfield Extension office, which will give the intern a chance to promote and discuss everything that VCE has to offer to the community.

The intern will learn the VCE programming model and apply it to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the summer programs they support.  There will be an expectation to write impact statements based on each day camp that the 4-H Agent will utilize in her own reporting as well as feedback for future summer programming in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield County