SNOHOMISH COUNTY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Snohomish County supports internship programs that provide work experience for high-school students and for students in an accredited post-secondary institution that is related to their course of study. The internship program is designed so that the student will have the opportunity to apply principles and theories learned in the classroom, gain new skills, explore a career path and be supervised and mentored by a professional in their field.
The student may choose to receive scholastic credit for their internship in accordance with the guidelines set by their school.
Provide marketing and communications assistance to Snohomish County’s Agriculture Coordinator as a part of their efforts to increase economic viability for local farmer through the annual Focus on Farming conference, promotion of local food and farming at the Evergreen State Fair.
Job Duties: STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
- Assists in the planning of the Focus on Farming annual conference with attendance of approximately 550. Assist in coordinating industry tracks, creating a marketing plan, budgeting, obtaining sponsorship and attending planning meetings. Assists in setting up the event and with program details.
- Assists in the design and implementation of the agriculture area at the Evergreen State Fair. Maintains the area during the fair, staffing of the area, answer questions the public may have concerning agriculture and access to local foods. Assists in taking the display down at the end of the fair.
- Assists in the coordination of the Evergreen State Fair Centennial Farms display. Assists in the documentation of the farm family history, creating the display and in the VIP reception.
- Assists in the coordination of the Evergreen State Fair Farmers Breakfast and day of duties.
- Assists the agriculture coordinator with various other task related to food policy, land use policy and economic development for agriculture.
- Assists with writing grant and reports.
Minimum Qualifications: Must be able to show proof of enrollment in high-school or an accredited post-secondary institution. If the Internship occurs during the summer, the student may provide proof of summer or fall enrollment.
Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Preferred majors or programs of study include business administration, communications, environmental science, event planning, food science, graphic design, horticulture, marketing, project management, sustainable agriculture or related field.
Additional Information: KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Increase Intern Knowledge of:
- environmental issues between agriculture and other competing interests;
- media relations associated with agriculture issues;
- public relations connected to the agriculture industry;
- business planning/business fit in agriculture;
- training/education of farming interests;
- successes of a working farm;
- marketing agricultural related products;
- public speaking/group presentations;
- effectively communicate with people of all ages from a variety of cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds;
- principles of project management and project development;
- research techniques;
- computer technology such as word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and PowerPoint.
- communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a multicultural workforce serving a diverse population;
- work effectively in stressful situations;
- be flexible in working with different agencies to accomplish assignments;
- work with supervisors of different groups to solve problems affecting project progress;
- work independently or with limited supervision;
- handle many priorities at one time and accomplish tasks in a timely manner.
Intern receives supervision from an administrative superior as assigned. Work is performed independently in accordance with established policies and accepted practices. Work is reviewed through periodic status reports, staff meeting and observation of results obtained.
Work is generally performed in an office setting but many business and professional meetings will take place outside of county offices. Many outside meetings will take place in the evenings or outside normal business hours including weekends throughout the county and region. Travel outside of the county is possible.