Summer Internship Program: Clarke County

Clarke County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H  

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

The 2017 VCE- Clarke intern will work with the 4-H agent to assist in the planning and delivery of educational summer programs related to 4-H Youth Development.

These program responsibilities will include: plan and manage a week long Cloverbud Day Camp at Clermont Farm for youth ages 5-8 under the direction of the 4‑H agent; assist with various tasks related to Clarke-Warren 4-H Junior Camp at the NOVA 4‑H Center, including but not limited to, room assignments, class supply organization, name tags, and teen counselor trainings and events; develop and deliver at least two educational workshops and/ or enrichment camps.

The intern will also assume a leadership role in managing 4-H programs and Extension presence at the Clarke County Fair, to include assisting volunteers with show management and the 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale, and supporting 4-H members in their project work. The intern will also assist with educational programs related to 4-H members showing livestock including Goat Camp, Small Animal Weigh-in, Clarke- Frederick Lamb Camp, and the Clarke County 4-H VLA Lamb & Goat Show.

The intern will also have an opportunity to assist with other educational programs including food preservation workshops while working with the FCS agent and youth livestock programs while working with the ANR agent.

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

The intern will work closely with the Clarke 4-H agent and Extension staff to gain the following skills:

  • Planning and organization skills using the Extension Programming Model and the 4‑H Targeting Life Skills Model
  • Develop organizational methods for handling data, program registrations, and files, using Microsoft Office programs, specifically Excel and Word
  • Develop youth behavior management skills and hands-on instruction experience with youth ages 5-18 in various settings using the best practices for ages and stages of youth development; safety and supervision of youth are key concepts for the intern
  • Built knowledge and confidence in working with youth and gain the personal reward of watching and assisting youth grow through their own learning and discovery processes
  • Develop interpersonal skills through collaborative programming efforts with agents who serve PD7
  • Enhance communication skills as this position requires a significant amount of verbal and written communication, promotional activities, and face-to-face contacts
  • Assist the 4-H agent in the development, delivery, and evaluation of planned programs and experience various delivery modes

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

The intern will mainly work with the 4-H agent and one part-time wage Unit Support Staff person housed in Clarke to gain a better understanding of programs provided by VCE and the planning that goes into quality educational community-based programs. However, the intern will also have an opportunity to work with the FCS and ANR agents who serve Clarke through collaborative programs. The intern will also experience the breadth of VCE and what we do by spending time in the office answering questions and working with clientele, planning programs, and being immersed in the summer VCE schedule.