Summer Internship Program: Rockbridge County

Patrick County

Primary Program Area Focus: 4-H

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

This internship will support the current programming of the Rockbridge Virginia Cooperative Extension office in several ways. The intern will be essential in the preparation and implementation of 4-H summer programming including Junior 4-H Camp, State 4-H Congress, and the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo. This individual will also be required to attend Junior 4-H Camp (June 10-14) and attend any necessary training sessions for it. The intern will assist on a variety of assignments and special projects that include but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture Literacy Day Field Trips
  • Camp Drop Off/Pick Up
  • Club Meetings/Activities
  • Organization/Inventory of Supplies
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Summer Livestock Shows
  • Volunteer Recruitment

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

Applicants should be very motivated to work hard, and do so with minimal supervision.  Willingness to work collaboratively and have an open mind is a must. This position requires that the applicant be very flexible in terms of scheduling and daily assignments. Strong time management skills and a strong work ethic are also important. An interest in youth programming and the desire to work with children between the ages of 5 and 19 is required. Interest in learning about agriculture and/or family and consumer sciences is a plus.

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

VCE - Rockbridge has an excellent working relationship between the three programming areas and the respective agents. Many times, the three agents (4-H, Ag, FCS) work together on large program efforts. Although the main focus of this intern would be 4-H, they would also have the opportunity to work with both the FCS Agent and the Ag Agent through various programs and see how the 4-H Program correlates with both FCS and Ag & Natural Resources. Most all of the work of the intern will be done hands-on. Interns should not expect to be observing, but rather doing. They will be trained by VCE to education the community under the supervision of Extension staff. The intern will gain valuable information that could lead to them obtaining a career in Extension.