Summer Internship Program: Fairfax County - Position 2 (4-H)

Fairfax County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H

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

This internship will support the current programming of the Fairfax Virginia Cooperative Extension office in several ways.  The intern will be essential in the preparation and implementation of 4-H summer programming including camp and the 4-H Fair.  This individual must work the entire weekend of the fair with the 4-H Extension Agent and attend all Fair Board meetings.  This individual will also be required to attend FAA Junior 4-H Camp and attend training sessions. The intern will assist on a variety of assignments and special projects that include but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and management of Fair volunteers
  • Management of Fair sponsorships
  • Drafting of the Fair program and catalog
  • Coordination of Fair Board committees
  • Organization and inventory of supplies
  • Publicity of the 4-H Fair
  • Organization of an ELC Legislative Showcase
  • Organization of Fair exhibits and judging
  • Camp Registration

The internship will last for a period of 10, 40-hour weeks beginning in late May or early June.

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

The intern will learn about the different programming areas that exist within Fairfax VCE and will gain a sense of what it would be like to be an extension agent.  This individual will polish their time management and multi-tasking skills as they handle the many preparations that must be made to implement extension programming. They will learn about the many aspects of event planning including marketing, layout, acquiring permits, contracting vendors, budgeting, arranging for exhibitors, parking, signage, and volunteer coordination. The intern will work in the office and in the field, and so will learn about office culture and likely gain many valuable computer skills, but will also have opportunities to improve upon their interactions with the public.  The intern will also gain experience in efficient problem solving as they work through unexpected problems as they arise.

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

Fairfax VCE has a great working relationship between all three agents and often times work together to accomplish programs.  The intern will then have the opportunity to work with both the FCS Agent and the Horticulture Agent through various programs and see how the 4-H Program correlates with both FCS and Ag & Natural Resources. The intern will also assist both the FCS Agent and the Horticulture Agent with various programs.