Summer Internship Program: Fauquier County

Fauquier County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H  

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

The intern will largely be responsible for assisting with a series of summer workshops to youth age 9 – 18.  Workshops will be focused on healthy living and STEM including sessions on food preservation, healthy cooking, fishing, and Maker. Extension staff or volunteers will lead workshops with assistance from the intern.  The intern may be called on to lead or organize activities and will be given curriculum and resources to do so.  The intern will also focus on marketing extension programs, specifically the horticulture and 4-H programs.  The intern will be involved with water quality programing with adults, site visits and recommendations to residents for ways to improve water quality and reduce pollutants. Any free time will be used to support other extension programming including 4-H Summer Camp, 4-H Congress, 4-H activities at the county fair, and Livestock Show and Sale.  

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

The intern will learn how to plan and deliver experiential learning programs for youth age 9 – 18 working with community partners and volunteers.   I expect that they will learn some healthy living and STEM content as well through preparations for classes.  They will learn time management skills as they balance planning and workshop assistance time with other extension activities.   They will also learn how to effectively market extension programs by drafting press releases, using social media, and targeting specific audiences.  As they work with other extension agents and local organizations to offer guest presentations or fieldtrips as part of workshop series, they will also learn about partnership development.

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

As all workshop series will be interdisciplinary, the intern will have the opportunity to explore youth development and horticulture/FCS programming simultaneously.  The intern will work with the horticulture agent on horticulture and environmental quality education approximately 20% of the time.  The intern will also have an opportunity to work with other extension agents as they support their summer programming including FCS and ANR agents.