Summer Internship Program: Culpeper County


Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H

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

The 4-H summer intern will be expected to work closely with the 4-H agent in planning and facilitating a summer workshop series (usually 6-8 two day classes), day camps (Farm to Table, Cloverbud, Dog Camp), the CMR Farm Show, 4-H Ag Day, CSRS Junior Camp, etc.  The summer is a great time to learn about all program areas in VCE.  Our ANR agent works with our Farm Show and Ag Day, our FCS agent works with our workshops doing food preservations and sewing and teaches cooking classes at our camps, and of course our intern will be able to experience many curriculum areas in 4-H from STEM to livestock.

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

The intern will work closely with the Culpeper 4-H staff to gain the following skills:

  • How to plan an educational program using the 4-H Targeting Life Skills Model
  • Hands-on instruction experience with youth ages 5-18 in various settings (best practices for ages and stages of development)
  • The importance of being prepared but flexible, and troubleshooting problems
  • How to recruit and train volunteers (adults or teens)
  • Program evaluation

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

The Culpeper Extension Office houses agents in the areas of 4-H, three ANR agents (Animal Science, Farm Business Management, and Horticulture), and Family and Consumer Sciences. The intern work with each of these agents in some capacity during the summer, will be present during staff meetings when program topics are discussed, and will have access to the VCE Intranet which contains information on all program areas.