Summer Internship Program: Floyd County

Giles County

Primary Program Area Focus: ANR

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

The successful applicant will be working alongside the ANR agent throughout the
duration of the 10 week internship. Applicants must be able to commit to the full 10
weeks in order to be considered for the position. Preference will be given to applicants with agriculture experience. Duties will include fielding calls, farm visits, program development/implementation, building program support and working with the Agriculture Agent to address producer needs. The intern will be covering the County to get a feel for Extension’s role in the communities, as well as, gaining knowledge of the ins and outs of the industry as a whole.

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

The intern can expect to gain knowledge, experience and skills in areas such as
program development and implementation, building client relationships, livestock and vegetable production handling/best management practices, livestock marketing and Extension’s role in local communities. The internship will provide opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals from Virginia Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Cattlemen’s Association (VCA), , Southern States, Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Skyline Soil & Water Conservation District. The intern will also be responsible for designing and implementing an educational program for Floyd County citizens. (This may be done at an Extension meeting, local producer’s meeting, or at 4-H camp) The intern will be expected to present an overview of their experiences to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors.

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

To allow the intern to get a better feel for Extension and its role in Floyd County,
as well as the Commonwealth, there will be time spent assisting 4-H and FCS agents and their programs as the need arises. Interns will serve Floyd County as an “Agent in Training”, and will be expected to attend meetings during and after hours as needed.