Summer Internship Program: Prince Edward County

Prince Edward

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 intern will obtain a variety of experiences in the Prince Edward County Extension Office, working with the Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Family and Consumer Science- Local Foods Agent, Family and Consumer Science- SNAP-Ed Agent as well as the Unit Administrative Assistant.  As a focus toward our Unit Plan of Work- Addressing Food Insecurities through an Interdisciplinary Approach- this intern will get a taste of each program area and how they are addressing this need in the community.  Whether it be through farmers’ market cooking demonstrations, distributing nutrition and healthy retail tips to SNAP participants, getting produce from demonstration garden to the food pantry, or helping in production of the demonstration and community gardens, this intern will receive a well-rounded experience in the Prince Edward County VCE office.

The Prince Edward Unit gained a new 4-H Youth Development Agent this past year.  This intern will provide assistance to this agent and the Unit Administrative Assistant in the implementation of Junior 4-H Camp by helping to:

  • Process camp applications and maintain the camp database
  • Develop and deliver lessons to teen leaders and counselors-in-training on teamwork, leadership, communication, and camp policies
  • Develop and lead a class at camp
  • Complete class sign-ups, camper/parent orientation, and camper check-in and sign-out

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

Through this experience, the intern will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • The development of educational materials and programs designed to meet identified needs of the community
  • Presentation, teaching, and public speaking
  • Program evaluation
  • Working as a member of a team to meet goals in a fast-paced environment
  • Time management and prioritization of tasks
  • Subject matter knowledge in youth development, nutrition, local foods systems, and horticulture

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

Programs that are currently taking place in the Prince Edward Extension Office in ANR, FCS, and 4-H that are addressing food insecurities in the community include:  Fields to FACES, Farmers Markets cooking and gardening demonstrations, Farmers Market EBT program, Grow Your Own Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series, 21st Century Program, Grow-A-Row, Programs through Family Preservation Mental Health Service and Senior Housing, Beginner Small Farmer Exploratory Program, LEAP programs at Head Start, Farm Transition Programs, Ag Awareness Days, Family Farm Days, and Junior Master Gardeners. In addition to assisting agents with the specific programs that are happening during the summer, we will encourage the intern to develop a new program incorporating all discipline areas either from scratch or from building on ideas from current programs.

In addition to these programs, a situation analysis of the needs of the community will be in development during this time and interns will gain an understanding of this procedure.

The agents plan to work together to develop a schedule in order for the intern to have a well-rounded, interdisciplinary Virginia Cooperative Extension experience here in Prince Edward County.