student and mentor with poster demonstrationAPPLES internships are unique, intense experiences in service for either the spring semester or summer. Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and governmental agencies, receive funding ($1,200 for spring and $3,000 for summer) and are enrolled in a service-learning course (a three-credit hour course through the School of Social Work in the spring, and a one-credit hour online course through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in the summer).

APPLES interns are considered staff in their organizations and have a great deal of responsibility as well as professional growth opportunities. Interns also receive individualized academic instruction from a faculty member and hands-on experience that will help them grow as community leaders.

The intern’s stipend is typically shared by community partners and APPLES, each paying for half. APPLES is grateful to donors like Jesse White, Ph.D., whose generosity offsets the costs of several of our internships.

Applications for APPLES summer internships are currently open. Please visit the APPLES Partner Portal to apply by Jan. 21, 2020. Before applying, please view the packet of internship opportunities to help you select up to three preferences. See more information below.

Selected UNC students serve as full-time (35-40 hours per week), paid interns in service organizations throughout North Carolina for eight to 10 weeks during the summer (320 hours total), earning $3,000 and one academic credit through the School of Social Work and Carolina Courses Online.

Watch this video to learn more about what APPLES summer internships are like!

Academic Credit

Interns earn one hour of academic credit for the summer internship. Selected interns will enroll in CCO SOWO 492, offered by Carolina Courses Online summer program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The course covers material on characteristics of nonprofits, including organization structure, funding, volunteer management and leadership. The class follows a discussion/seminar format and compliments the fieldwork through focused readings, discussion boards and reflective writing.

Finances

All interns will receive $3,000 in funding through a collaborative effort between the APPLES program and the internship site. Stipends are intended to defray the cost of living, transportation and course fees. Community partners and APPLES agree to share in the cost of the intern, with each organization paying $1,500. The community partner receives the APPLES portion of the funds and arranges for the student intern to be paid by the organization.

A selection of internships with local elected officials are supported by the generous donation of Dr. Jesse L. White. Here’s just one example

Partial, need-based financial assistance will be available to those who qualify. Students may apply for financial assistance after they have been selected as an intern.

Housing and Travel                                                                                                           
Students are responsible for summer housing and travel arrangements.

Application Process

Applications for APPLES summer internships are currently closed.

*APPLES Internships are only for UNC undergraduate students. If you have previously completed an internship with APPLES, are a graduate student or will be graduating in May, you are not eligible to apply for a summer internship.*

Summer 2020 Internship Timeline

Oct. 14, 2019: Partner organization applications available on the APPLES Partner Portal.
Nov. 18, 2019: Partner organization applications due.
December: Student summer internship applications open.
Jan. 21: Student summer internship application close.
Late January to early February: APPLES interviews intern applicants.
Mid February to early March: Site supervisors interview potential interns.
Mid March: Summer interns selected and notified.
April 29: Intern orientation.
May/June: Internships begin.
Late July/early August: Evaluations completed by site supervisor and sent to APPLES.

Qualified students are matched with nonprofit and government organizations for a semester-long spring internship. Interns work 12-15 hours per week for approximately 15 weeks (150 total hours) earning $1,200 in funding plus three hours of academic credit through a course in the School of Social Work taken in conjunction with the internship.

Academic Credit

All APPLES spring interns are enrolled in a three-hour seminar, SOWO 492 during spring semester. The course covers material on characteristics of nonprofits, including organization structure, funding, volunteer management and leadership. The course follows a discussion/seminar format and compliments the fieldwork through focused readings, discussions, reflective writing and various classroom activities. All APPLES spring interns are required to enroll in this course. The course day and time for spring 2020 is Thursday from 8 – 10:50 a.m. You must be able to take this class to participate in an internship.

Finances

All interns will receive a $1,200 in funding through a collaborative effort between APPLES and the internship site. This stipend is taxable and must be claimed if you exceed state or federal income requirements.

Community partners and APPLES agree to share in the cost of the intern, with each organization paying $600. The community partner receives the APPLES portion of the funds and arranges for the student intern to be paid by the organization.

Application Process

Applications for APPLES spring internships are currently closed.

Are you studying abroad but still want to apply for an internship?
No problem. You may still apply as long as you are easily accessible via email and can establish access to a reliable telephone number. APPLES will use this information to set up a phone interview on a date and time to be decided later.

Things to consider
When filling out your application, you may preference up to three positions and you will provide qualifications for each position. Please limit copying and pasting your answers and provide separate responses for each preference. You will also provide an explanation of a social issue that interests you; please consider connecting the social issue to the positions you preference.

Spring 2020 Internship Timeline

Aug. 12: Partner organization applications available on the APPLES website and through email notification.
Sept. 9: Partner organization applications due.
September to October: APPLES recruits and screens intern applications.
Early November: Site supervisors interview potential interns.
Late November: Spring interns selected and notified.
Dec. 5: Intern orientation with APPLES.
January 2020: Internships begin with partner sites.
Late April: Evaluations completed by site supervisor and sent to APPLES.