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NDSU Extension county summer interns (7/17/2014)

NDSU Extension Service is pleased to host five county-based interns in 2014.  These college students have been involved in programs in their respective county; they’ve participated in Extension Youth Conference; and they've worked at North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.  Here are a few highlights:

MackenzieMackenzie Bade, summer intern located in Richland County, planned a Pirate Cloverbud Day Camp, taught sections of the Nourishing Boomers lessons, worked at 4-H camp in Washburn, and started a Facebook page for Richland County to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

AngieAngie Johnson, summer intern in Steele County, developed, implemented and evaluated a Steele County 4-H Garden Day program for youth.  She is working on a livestock clinic for 4-H youth and will assist with achievement days in Steele and Griggs counties. She also served as a chaperone for Extension Youth Conference.

CourtneyCourtney Miller is working this summer in Bowman County, and has planned and prepared learning activities for Cloverbuds as they attended a Clover Camp.  She assisted at Range Camp and has also been very involved in planning for the Rural Women Conference to be held in the region.

BlaineBlaine Novak, summer intern in Walsh and Pembina counties, has been involved with the Jr. Master Gardener program at the Migrant School in Grafton as well as the local Farmer’s Market committee.  He has been working with the meats judging team in Walsh County and is assisting with preparations for the Pembina County Fair this summer.

MelindaMelinda Tikanye worked in Benson County and on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.  She was involved at one of the Adventure Camps at 4-H camp, assisted with Benson County Project Days, and their youth gardening program.  She also had the opportunity to judge at the Ramsey County Fair.

Each intern works on multiple objectives in a specified handbook throughout the summer.  Some of the activities they complete include preparation of press releases, interviewing specialists and commissioners, and attending multiple meetings with the local agents. The goals of the Extension intern program are to have them gain a better understanding of NDSU Extension, recognize the skills necessary for an Extension professional, and experience the daily activities in a county setting.  Many thanks to the county staffs for hosting and mentoring these interns. It has been great to have Mackenzie, Angie, Courtney, Blaine and Melinda on board this summer.

Lynette Flage, District Director

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