Summer Internship Program: James City County

James City County and York County/Poquoson

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H

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

The 4-H Intern for James City County will assist in developing, planning, and leading summer education programs for youth. Programs the intern will assist with include:

  • 4-H State Congress (June 19-22)
    • Coordinating activities and general supervision of teen leaders while in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech
  • 4-H Junior Camp for James City County and York County/City of Poquoson (July 3-7 and July 31-August 4)
    • Planning and implementing camp activities, purchasing and assembling camp supplies, preparing pre-camp paperwork and materials, developing camp class curricula and possibly teaching a class during camp, supervising campers and teen counselors during camp
  • Teen Camp Counselor Training Sessions
    • Planning and leading training sessions for teen camp counselors and maintaining records on training requirements
  • Assisting with other 4-H programs as needed (clubs, material and curriculum development, Reality Store programs, etc.)
  • Assist with the development of VCE and 4-H marketing materials such as Facebook pages, brochures, website updates, promotional videos, etc.

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

The intern will gain skills in:

  • Decision making and conflict resolution
  • Curriculum development for youth in grades k-12
  • Planning and coordinating large-scale youth education programs
  • Records management
  • Risk management
  • Working with youth ages 9-18
  • Targeting different learning styles
  • Youth behavior management
  • Facilitating leadership development among youth

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

Specific focus will be given to ensure the intern learns about and understands VCE as a whole. The intern will attend monthly staff meetings, where they will learn about other components of VCE. They will also be allowed to help with any and all VCE programs (Turf Love, Master Gardener, Family Focus) out of the James City County office as time allows. This intern will also be exposed to programming in the York/Poquoson Extension office, which will allow them to gain experience in a broad array of program areas and delivery methods provided through VCE. They will also observe and participate in a variety of delivery modes specific to youth programming, including residential camps, day camps, clubs, leadership trainings, etc.