Summer Internship Program: Culpeper County

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, the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock 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 intern will be able to work with our ANR agent during the Farm Show and Ag Day, and our FCS agent during workshops and camps.  4-H experiences range from cooking and quilting, to livestock and STEM.  Summer programs curriculum is varied and a willingness to be flexible is essential.

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 agent (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.