Summer Internship Program: Greene County

Greene County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H  

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

As part of the VCE-Greene staff, the summer intern will have the opportunity to work with 4-H Agent and Unit Coordinator Kathy Alstat, Sarah Weaver Sharpe, (Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Greene), as well as other Extension Agents serving Greene and Planning District 10. The intern will be coordinating our Local Foods Challenge in late July at the Farmers Market, which is a joint program that combines 4-H, FCS and ANR programming.  Responsibilities for this event will include planning and interfacing with members of Farmers Market’s governing board, advertising and promoting the event through various traditional and social media outlets, soliciting sponsors, recruiting judges, as well as organizing equipment and supplies. The intern will also be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the event by interviewing or surveying participants and members of the audience. This may include assisting with 4-H summer programming, visiting local farms and businesses, working with farmers markets and local foods networks, or assisting with family or community programs. The intern will be responsible for planning and implementing one or more special projects that would involve Agriculture, Youth Development, and Family and Consumer sciences serving the Greene Community. This will be under the guidance of the Extension Agents serving the unit. The
intern will be responsible for marketing their unit programs through conventional media such as newspapers, radio and television, as well as social media (Facebook, YouTube or Twitter), as well as assisting current agents and staff in promoting Extension programs locally.

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

Interns will first learn day-to-day office and Extension programming procedures by shadowing and assisting agents and staff. The intern will learn Extension program planning, implementation and evaluation through the Extension Programming cycle. This process will include a needs assessment with stakeholders and discussion with members of the local Extension Leadership Council, planning and resource management, advertising and promotion, implementing the program or activity and evaluating the program. The intern will learn to find and use Extension resources and publications and evaluation tools, interact with clientele and recruit volunteers or staff to assist them. The intern would gain experience by assisting agents,
then choose one or more special projects to develop independently, and budgeting time and resources to complete the program.

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

Through 4-H, the intern will have the opportunity to attend 4-H Congress and 4-H Summer Camp, as well as selectively work with summer programming and club management. The intern will be encouraged to attend and assist with ANR, FCS and Community Viability Programming within the county, as well as within the planning district and will be encouraged to shadow agents and staff in other units. The intern would also be encouraged to collaborate with other summer interns in the planning district on programs that could benefit a larger area. The intern would also be assisting agents with the unit plan of work. In Greene this would mean working
on interdisciplinary Farm-to-Table programs and increasing community awareness of Extension Resources.