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Carolina junior Nyjah King is spending her summer serving
the Kinston, North Carolina, community as a SECU Public Fellows Intern.

By Madeline Pace, University Communications

Every summer, the Carolina Center for Public Service partners with nonprofit and government organizations to provide internship opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates who want to serve North Carolina.

The SECU Public Fellows Intern Program, started at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020, pairs students with local leadership in paid internships to gain professional experience while benefiting rural North Carolina communities. This summer, junior Nyjah King is partnering with Kinston Teens, a youth-led nonprofit that empowers young people through service, leadership and civic engagement opportunities in Kinston, North Carolina.

King, who grew up less than 30 minutes from Kinston, was excited to work in a community similar to her own and partner with alumnus Chris Suggs ’21, who founded Kinston Teens as a high school student in 2014 and returned to his hometown to make a difference after graduating from Carolina.

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