Summer Internship Program: Nelson 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?)

Our office’s intern will primarily be working with 4-H since there will only be a 4-H agent in the office starting in March. The intern will be given the option to work on several programs as well as to come up with their own programs if they meet the VCE programming model. I am currently needing assistance planning and teaching summer day-camps. I also will be needing help with 4-H Congress and 4-H Camp. I would also like to see them help manage our social media presence and assist with creating a functional blog.

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

First, it is my hope that our intern will learn to be great at self-management. This is a tremendously important skill in many careers such as extension and the better you are at pushing yourself towards goals the more you can succeed without the help of others.

Since the intern will be working with 4-H youth I also hope they can learn some valuable teaching skills. Since we work with youth 5-18 they will be able to learn many types of teaching styles based on the ages and stages of youth.

I also hope that our intern will leave knowing a lot more about VCE and 4-H. I would really love if their experience was so positive that they consider a career with VCE. I hope that while they are employed they are able to meet other VCE professionals and volunteers and create a valuable network.

Finally, I want them to have learned good communication skills and all that it encompasses. Being a VCE employee means working with the large and diverse community in their unit. This means you must be good at recruiting people, lots of follow-through, conflict management, and general partnership and fellowship. I want them to leave being a better communicator.

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

While our primary Ag agent is retiring we will still obviously continue to offer the same great services that we always have. The intern will have the opportunity to answers calls related to ANR work and seek those answers through research or by reaching out to neighboring ANR agents. I also want to introduce them to our Master Gardener Association and our Virginia Master Naturalist Chapter. We also have a 15% appointed Animal Science ANR agent that comes to our office once a week. I would like our intern to seek to do a program with her.