Jo Co 4-H Debuts Internship Program

Rachel Vardiman, Johnson County 4-H Youth Extension Coordinator
Rachel Vardiman, Johnson County 4-H Youth Extension Coordinator

Johnson County 4-H has been working on a new program since 2009, designed to allow kids an opportunity to experience different types of careers available to them through a soon-to-be-implemented internship program.

Rachel Vardiman, Johnson County 4-H Youth Extension Coordinator, gave a presentation at a luncheon Wednesday, explaining what the program is and how it will work.

Vardiman said the pilot program was originally set up for four students to work part-time for a total of 120 hours to discover the different industries there are to work in.

The students will gain a better work ethic, learn about a trade or industry and learn responsibility. They will learn resume building, interviewing skills, and hone their interpersonal skills as well.

Two students were chosen for this year's program, and they will begin their “jobs” in May, and have until March of 2012 to complete their 120 hours of work experience.

Although they have enough applications for this year, Vardiman said they will be taking applications from students again in the fall. Businesses interested in having an intern, or interested in donating money to the program are encouraged to contact Variman.

$1,200 per student intern is needed for the program, Vardiman said, and she explains how they gain their funding for the program.

The internship program is set up to pilot for 2 years, then if the interest is still there, fundraising for an endowment will begin, with the idea of eventually creating a statewide program.
For more information, to set up an internship, or to donate to the program, contact Rachel Vardiman at the University of Wyoming Johnson County Cooperative Extension Service at 684-7522.

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