Summer Internship Program: Frederick County

Frederick County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H, ANR, and FCS

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

The 2017 VCE-Frederick intern will work with agents involved with educational programs related to Agriculture and Natural Resources – Horticulture; Family Consumer Sciences – Food Nutrition, Health, and Wellness; as well as 4-H Youth Development.

During the 2017 summer, in the field of ANR-Hort, the intern will work with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners (MG) to deliver home/consumer horticulture education programs, work with students in the Junior Master Gardener vegetable garden, assist at the MG Help Desk, and participate in tree fruit and vegetable production workshops.  The intern will have the opportunity to visit the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural and Extension Research Center as well as offer Extension programing with local specialists stationed at the center.

While working with FCS programs, the intern will have an opportunity to participate in food preservation workshops as well as assist with the delivery of a Master Food Volunteer program which focuses on training and developing VCE volunteers.

In the area of 4-H youth development, the intern will assist with the delivery of the Frederick/Page 4-H Camp (June 25-29) at the NOVA 4-H Center as well as Horse Camp (July 2017) in Cross Junction, VA.  The intern will participate in activities related to 4-H members showing livestock at the Frederick County Fair (July 31-Aug 6) and attend some 4-H club meetings to assist local 4-H’rs. They will also be responsible for planning and implementing cloverbud and 4h day camps and assist with State 4-H Congress (June 19-22)

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

Upon completion, the intern should have a well-rounded idea of the various sectors of VCE and the different educational programming opportunities that we provide our local communities.  The intern will have had the chance to assist farmers involved with commercial horticulture production, improved communication skills and helped homeowners by answering lawn/garden plant and pest questions, worked alongside agents and volunteers to deliver home horticulture and ornamental horticulture educational workshops, gained experience and knowledge in the skills of training and managing volunteers,  developed a better understanding of food preservation,  built knowledge and confidence in working with youth, and gained the personal reward of watching and assisting youth grow through their own learning and discovery process.  The intern will assist agents in the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs.  This experience will show the individual how to assess impacts and skills gained by participating clients.

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

The intern will work with agents housed in Frederick County and be a part of 4-H, FCS, and ANR program area offerings.  The intern will experience interactions between agents and specialists as well as dealings with local county government and the local Extension Leadership Council.