Summer Internship Program: Henrico County

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Primary Program Area Focus:  4-H

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

The intern will work primarily with the two 4-H agents, but will also work with the ANR agent and FCS agent to gain a better knowledge of the breadth of programming in Virginia Cooperative Extension.

4-H programming:

  • Coordinate, plan and implement activities, camps, workshops, contests/expos

  • Instruct classes and/or workshop(s) (whether in-person or virtual)

  • Design, create, and edit monthly newsletters

  • Manage Henrico 4-H Google Site and social media 

  • Market 4-H programs to community partners

  • Assist in planning for Junior 4-H Camp

Consumer Horticulture programming:

  • Assist ANR agent with consumer horticulture and environmental education programming including participation at outreach events, social media posts and assisting with Master Gardener efforts. Develop curriculum and possibly teach a class/lead an outreach activity.

Family Consumer Sciences programming:

  • Assist FCS agent with nutrition, wellness and financial education programming including writing social media posts and developing presentations and outreach activities. 

Other:

  • Learn about the work done by Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Henricopolis SWCD is located down the hall from the Henrico VCE’s Office 

  • Develop and implement programming based on intern’s interests 

  • Other duties as necessary

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

The intern will gain experience in marketing and communications; time management; public relations and customer service; youth development; designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs; and learn about VCE and Henrico County operations.

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

The Henrico Extension Office offers the intern the ability to see the work done in all programming areas of Extension, with a focus on 4-H programming. The intern will be exposed to programs that Extension offers in an urban setting in Virginia through individual and cross-collaborative work with extension agents covering FCS, 4-H and ANR. Additionally, the intern will learn about the program assistants that teach nutrition to SNAP recipients (both youth and adult). The intern will get hands on experience working with the agents to see the various ways programs are delivered and offered. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will complete a written covering their experiences, knowledge gained, and skills enhanced.