Summer Internship Program: Patrick County

Patrick County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H, ANR, and FCS

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

The successful applicant will be working alongside the 4H, FCS, and ANR agent throughout the duration of the 10
week internship. Applicants must be able to commit to the full 10 weeks in order to be considered for the position.  Preference will be given to applicants with 4H, livestock, or family and consumer science experience. Duties will include fielding calls in office, field day/program development and mplementation, overnight camp preparation and execution, building program support, farm visits, and hands on assistance with all three programs as needed. The intern will cover the county to gain a better understanding of Extension’s role in the communities, as well as gaining
knowledge of the ins and outs of the industry as a whole.

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

The intern can expect to gain knowledge, experience and skills across the three programs areas housed in the extension office including: 4H, livestock and family and consumer science. These skills will include program development and implementation, building client relationships, and Extension’s role in local communities.

For the livestock portion the intern will gain knowledge, experience and skills in overall livestock procedures and practices. The intern will also gain skills as they participate in hands on activities to include processing cattle, grading and sorting cattle, compiling data on sale cattle, developing rations, feed sampling and many more.

For the 4H portion the intern will gain knowledge, experience and skills in overall 4H procedures, practices, and delivery modes. The intern will also gain skills regarding planning and executing 4H programs, providing leadership during educational experiences, and understand how to meet the needs of youth regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age disability, or religion.

For the FCS portion the intern will gain knowledge, experience and skills in overall FCS procedures, practices, and community need based programming. The intern will also gain skills regarding planning and executing family and consumer science programs such as health and nutrition classes and many more.

The intern will be expected to present an overview of their experiences to Extension supporters to thank them for their continued support of PC Extension and the impact that it has had locally.

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

To allow the intern to get a better feel for Extension and its role in Patrick County, as well as the Commonwealth, there will be time spent assisting across all three programs housed in the extension office including: 4H, livestock and family and consumer science and their programs as the need arises. Interns will serve Patrick County as an “Agent in Training”, and will be expected to attend meetings during and after hours as needed.