Summer Internship Program: Greensville County/City of Emporia

Greensville County/Emporia

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H, ANR, FNP

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

 The Greensville/Emporia summer intern will work with all three program areas, as follows:

4-H.  Under the guidance of the 4-H agent, the intern will have the opportunity to meet local 4-H partners such as school teachers and administrators, adult and youth volunteers, and interact with 4-H members.  The intern will create and implement their own 4-H summer day camp with the help of the 4-H agent, attend and assist with the weeklong summer 4-H Jr. Camp at the Southeast 4-H Educational Center, and assist in 4-H summer camps conducted by the  4-H agent.

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).  Under the supervision of the ANR Program Assistant, the intern will have the opportunity to meet local and state agency representatives, large and small-scale farmers and producers, local agricultural business owners and Master Gardener volunteers. The intern will help manage the local ANR Facebook page, write an article for the office newsletter and assist in conducting weekly crop surveys.  The intern will gain programming experience by writing and conducting client surveys, giving client interviews, and recruiting clients for programs.  If ANR is the intern’s area of focus, he/she will plan, implement and evaluate an agriculture-related program for an adult audience.

Family Nutrition Program (FNP).   In cooperation with the FNP Program Assistant, the intern will have the opportunity to meet local FNP partners such as local school teachers and administrators, local Department of Social Services staff, community groups, etc.  The intern will help with the distribution of coupons for the Emporia Seniors farmer’s market program, participate in ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and aid in the distribution of food to limited income individuals. The intern will be involved in scheduling upcoming programs, observe and evaluate an adult workshop being taught and conduct a case study on an adult client or potential client.

The intern will also be introduced to the units’ administrative duties such as record-keeping systems for maintaining contacts, mailing lists, email lists, etc. The intern will complete the purchase and receipt of one item using approved forms and procedures, as well as complete information for the supervising Extension agent to use in reporting. The intern will also attend the unit’s staff meetings and ELC or program advisory meeting.

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

The overall expected outcome of the Extension internship is that the intern will increase his/her knowledge and understanding of the Cooperative Extension program and the career opportunities that it offers.  The intern will also receive hands on experience in development, implementation and evaluation of research-based community-level educational programs. This educational programming will specifically address learner needs and result in documented outcomes for the learner, their family, community, and society.

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

The Greensville-Emporia summer intern will have the opportunity to work in three different program areas. These include 4-H, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). Participating in all three areas will expose the intern to the diversity of Cooperative Extension programs and what they offer to the community. Outside of the office staff, interns will work with adults, youth and children.  The intern will teach at least one program, learning about the development, implementation and evaluation process along the way.