Summer Internship Program: York County/City of Poquoson

James City County and York County/Poquoson

Primary Program Area Focus:   4-H and ANR

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

The Intern for the York/Poquoson VCE office will assist in developing, planning, and leading 4-H youth programs and will assist with Horticulture programs. Programs the intern will assist with include:

  • 4-H State Congress (June 19-22)
    • Coordinating activities and general supervision of teen leaders while in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech
  • 4-H Junior Camp for James City County and York County/City of Poquoson (July 3-7 and July 31-August 4)
    • Planning and implementing camp activities, purchasing and assembling camp supplies, preparing pre-camp paperwork and materials, developing camp class curricula and possibly teaching a class during camp, supervising campers and teen counselors during camp
  • Teen Camp Counselor Training Sessions
    • Planning and leading training sessions for teen camp counselors and maintaining records on training requirements
  • Assisting with other 4-H programs as needed (clubs, material and curriculum development, Reality Store programs, etc.)
  • Assisting with the development of VCE, Master Gardener, and 4-H marketing materials such as Facebook pages, brochures, website updates, promotional videos, etc.
  • Assisting with Horticulture programs such as the Horticulture Help Desk, Healthy Virginia Lawns, York County Community Garden, Poquoson Learning Garden, and Schoolyard Habitats.

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

The intern will gain skills in:

  • Decision making and conflict resolution
  • Curriculum development for youth in grades k-12
  • Planning and coordinating large-scale youth education programs
  • Records management
  • Risk management
  • Working with youth ages 9-18
  • Facilitating leadership development among youth
  • Horticulture knowledge and experience working with community gardening programs/initiatives
  • Knowledge regarding volunteer management

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

Specific focus will be given to ensure the intern learns about and understands VCE as a whole. The intern will attend monthly staff meetings, where they will learn about other components of VCE. They will help with both 4-H and Horticulture programs offered out of the York/Poquoson VCE office. This will provide them with exposure to the Master Gardener program, allow them to work with both the Horticulture and 4-H Agent, and they will work with the administrative assistant in the unit to help facilitate program marketing and registration. This intern will also be exposed to programming in the James City County office, which will allow them to gain experience in a broad array of program areas and delivery methods provided through VCE. They will observe and participate in a variety of program delivery modes such as youth camps and clubs, volunteer-led programs, volunteer trainings, and agent-led programs.