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The Carolina Center for Public Service is delighted to announce UNC-Chapel Hill’s second cohort of SECU Public Fellows Interns. Through this program, 20 undergraduate students are working full-time throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations serving communities in rural North Carolina.

In addition to being paid for their efforts, students are enrolled in a summer course through the Gillings School of Global Public Health focused on effective community engagement.

CCPS is grateful to the SECU Foundation for funding this program and to Rural Forward NC for facilitating the partnerships with each host organization.


The 2021 SECU Public Fellows Interns at UNC-Chapel Hill are:

Keeley Benfield ’23

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Shelby, NC
Placement site: Foothills Food Hub (Marion, NC)


Kylie Brown ’22

Majors: Biology and public policy
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Placement site: Center for Rural Health Innovation (Spruce Pine, NC)


Courtney Coley ’22

Major: Exercise and sport science
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Placement site: A Better Chance A Better Community (Enfield, NC)


Will Crisp ’24

Major: Pre-business
Hometown: Chocowinity, NC
Placement site: Washington Harbor District Alliance (Washington, NC)


Amber Doan ’23

Major: Biology
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Placement site: OIC, Inc. (Rocky Mount, NC)


Karla Estrada Perez ’22

Majors: Hispanic linguistics and global studies
Hometown: Asheboro, NC

Placement site: Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (Greenville, NC)


Jordan Goode ’22

Major: Human development and family studies
Hometown: Warrenton, NC

Placement site: Project Momentum, Inc. (Rocky Mount, NC)


Joshua Horton ’23

Majors: Peace, war and defense; global studies
Hometown: Carrboro, NC

Placement site: Pender United (Burgaw, NC)


Wasan Issa ’24

Majors: Global studies and medical anthropology
Hometown: Carrboro, NC

Placement site: NC Youth Violence Prevention Center (Lumberton, NC)


Jadyn Jones ’21

Majors: Public policy and sociology
Hometown: Henderson, NC
Placement Site: Blueprint NC (Raleigh, NC)


Trang Le ’22

Majors: History; human development and family studies
Hometown: Pollocksville, NC
Placement Site: Wash Away Unemployment (New Bern, NC)


Gabrielle Rousey ’22

Majors: Economics and Chinese
Hometown: Atkinson, NC
Placement Site: Men and Women United for Youth and Families (Delco, NC)


Daiana Mendoza Acosta ’24

Major: Public policy
Hometown: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Placement Site: Robeson County Teen Court and Youth Services (Lumberton, NC)


Dionejala Muhammad ’23

Majors: Political science and history
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Placement Site: Freedom Org (Rocky Mount, NC)


Nicole Osborne ’23

Majors: Sociology; human development and family studies
Hometown: South Mills, NC
Placement Site: Albemarle Regional Health Services (Elizabeth City and Windsor, NC)


Lamar Richards ’23

Majors: Human organizational leadership and development; public policy
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Placement Site: Rural Forward North Carolina (Cary, NC)


Griffin Sansbury ’22

Major: Biology
Hometown: Cornelius, NC
Placement Site: Eastern Community Care Foundation (Washington, NC)


Kyle Turik ’24

Major: Political science
Hometown: Kinston, NC
Placement Site: Kinston Teens (Kinston, NC)


Kara Westmoreland ’22

Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Supply, NC
Placement Site: Brunswick Housing Opportunities, Inc. (Bolivia, NC)


Lilly Whalen ’21

Major: Computer science
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Placement Site: NC FIELD, Inc. (Kinston, NC)



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