Summer Internship Program: Hanover County

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Primary Program Area Focus:   ANR

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

  • Assists Extension Agents in creating, coordinating, implementing educational program events and activities which can be delivered in formats other than in-person, aimed to improve lives and communities.  

  • Assist in curriculum planning and development of teaching kits which supplement on-line programming.

  • Works with Extension Agents to assess rapidly changing community needs through a variety of means including on-line surveys, phone calls, texts, social media, and local media outlets.

  • Assists in prioritizing local needs and developing Extension programming to address those needs.

  • Assists in developing and implementing virtual programming which meets the needs of the community and program participants. May include but not limited to the development of interactive on-line programming, video production, development of blogs, use of smart phones, web posts and social media. 

  • Analyze the current Extension programs, and where feasible, develop virtual value-added process, program, or training tool that may be implemented.

  • Assists Extension agents in responding to clientele needs on-line, by phone, or via email.

  • Work with other VCE interns to develop virtual programming addressing programmatic needs across the county, district, or state.

  • Maintains a log, blog, or journal outlining internship experiences in order to complete the required Record of Internship. Completes and submits Record of Internship at the conclusion of the internship.

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

The summer intern will develop an understanding of Virginia Cooperative Extension and how local agents impact local communities. The intern will gain knowledge of assessing the community’s needs and how to implement an educational program to meet those needs. Through being an integral part of the Jam’n Jam and other programs, the intern will learn about program development, implementation and evaluation.  The intern will become proficient in troubleshooting commercial and horticultural crops using researched based information, appropriate guides, diagnostic tests and working with specialists. Towards the end of the summer, the intern will be able to give their own educational presentations to different audiences. Through working with youth, the intern will cultivate an understanding of hands on activities to promote positive development. Specifically, the intern will help train teens, coordinate adult volunteers, and attend 4-H summer camp. There are both 4-H and Master Gardener Volunteers in Hanover. The intern will learn effective volunteer management practices and organization. Because of the integrated programing and diverse population in Hanover, the intern will interact with diverse audiences and learn the importance of civil rights compliance to the mission of Extension.

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

The successful candidate will be exposed to various Agricultural, Horticultural, and 4-H program areas. There will be the added exposure to volunteer management and food preservation. With the diversity of the county’s needs, the intern will work with community organizations, local producers, and specialists to become well-rounded. During the summer, there will be opportunities for professional development and exposure to other Extension programs throughout the state.