By Colleen Lockhart
Katie Daugherty from Chardon worked as a summer intern at the Geauga County Extension Office with her last day completed on Aug. 8 after a busy and rewarding summer.
Daugherty applied for the internship through the Ohio State University Extension Service and was selected for a round of interviews for the internship position. She interviewed with a panel of multiple county Extension Educators, and was selected for the Geauga county intern position.
She is a past Geauga county 4-H member with 12 years of involvement in the program. A recent graduate of West Virginia University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education, she will be returning to West Virginia University this fall to pursue her Master’s Degree while working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Agricultural and Extension Education department with an emphasis in Extension Education. After that, she hopes to become an Extension Agent working with 4-H and Youth Development.
Daugherty assisted with multiple 4-H assignments throughout the summer, including the preparation and facilitation of camp counselors and campers at the Geauga-Trumbull 4-H resident Camp Whitewood in June, STEM Camp for ages 7 through 12 from June 30 to July 3, and the Cloverbud Camp at Camp Burton on July 11 and 12. As part of her intern responsibilities she assisted with the 4-H Style Revue on July 16, programing at a Nature Camp at the Chagrin Metro Parks, and organizing the animal and miscellaneous project judging on July 20.
Daugherty was in charge of overseeing the entire project judging day this year, a major responsibility to facilitate the project judging for hundreds of 4-H members. Overall, she feels it was a great day and a real accomplishment in preparation for a future career in this field.
“My involvement in 4-H through Geauga County and the experiences I had as a past 4-H member have lead me to pursue a career in this field, and through this internship I was able to give back to the county that gave so much to me,” Daugherty advises. “One of the biggest goals for working with 4-H youth is to provide the members with positive learning opportunities while still having fun, and I believe that the Geauga County Extension staff does exactly that, so I was very fortunate to work with people who are always committed to making the best better. As my internship ended, I am very grateful for the events I was able to experience, and I am very excited for a future career in the extension service.”