Summer Internship Program: Madison County

Madison County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H  

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

  • Youth Programming

    • Summer programming efforts – Local youth have limited access to community activities beyond sports.  With the reduction in the local school budget summer school enrichment programs have been eliminated. 4-H can help fill this gap by engaging youth in hands-on educational opportunities.  The intern will plan 5 -8 workshops, recruit volunteers, deliver educational content and evaluate workshops for youth ages 5 – 18.  The intern will also work with the local boys and girls club to provide programming to underserved audiences.  

    • Junior Camp - The intern will also be involved in the delivery of Junior Camp 

    • Promotional Materials – The intern will learn to develop promotional material to support programming efforts.  

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Programming

    • Forage Nutrient Management Planning - Intern will assist with the collection of soil samples/field data to write nutrient management plans for forage based livestock operation.  Plans will be evaluated for proper placement and amount of nutrients, cost analysis and soil quality improvement.

  • Self-guided project determined by the intern that relates to an issue revealed in the Madison County Situational Analysis.

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

  • Program planning, implementation and evaluation

  • Program delivery: facilitates planned events and activities by assembling materials, communicating with participants, assisting volunteers and teaching as necessary.      

  • Customer service skills:  learn to interact in an office environment and in a professional manner.

  • Skills in working with youth and adult audiences

  • Volunteer Management skills

  • Leadership and Teamwork skills

  • Organizational and logistical skills necessary to conduct a program.

  • Developing marketing materials for the public, social media and mass media.

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

  • The intern’s plan of work will be inclusive of all VCE program areas.

  • Intern will spend time with all agents in the office to learn their role and responsibilities within VCE

  • Intern will interact with VCE clientele in office setting and get experience serving local community. 

  • Intern will review the Unit Plan of Work and situation analysis programming priority areas that are used to determine the unit plan of work program strategies.  

  • The intern will be directly involved in executing some of those program strategies via the Extension programming model.  

  • Intern will explore website to become more familiar with VCE and program areas.