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The application portal for the 2020 SECU Public Fellows Internship Program at Carolina is now closed. Please check back next year!

Thanks to generous support from the SECU Foundation, the Carolina Center for Public Service is now offering Carolina students the opportunity to apply to be a SECU Public Fellows Intern.

This program connects talented undergraduate students with local leadership in rural North Carolina communities. As an intern, you’ll benefit from meaningful professional experience with a local agency or organization, while giving back to a rural community that may be your own hometown.

Interns are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for the summer.

Eligibility

To be considered as a SECU Public Fellow Intern, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill during the spring semester of 2020, academically eligible and planning to return for the fall semester of 2020 AND have an expected graduation date no earlier than December 2020.
  2. Be a North Carolina resident from a rural community OR a North Carolina resident with significant experience with and/or demonstrated interest in issues faced by rural communities.
  3. Be able to make meaningful contributions within a diverse professional workplace.
  4. Exhibit a growth mindset, with an openness to gaining understanding and learning from colleagues.
  5. Be available and willing to participate in pre-internship trainings and other meetings related to the SECU Foundation as assigned.
  6. Be committed to understanding and completing all internship requirements, including the memorandum of understanding, progress reports and final reports.
  7. Be able and willing to work approximately 48 days/384 hours between May 13, 2020 and Aug. 14, 2020. This may include some evening and weekend hours, depending on the needs of the internship site, and the specific start and end dates may vary depending on the needs of the internship site.
  8. Have access to transportation necessary for commuting to and from the internship site, as well as other relevant work locations as needed. Please note that some placements require the intern to have a valid driver’s license and may also require the intern to have access to a car for the summer. A car is not necessarily required unless specified by the internship site in the descriptions below.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Process

Written applications, submitted through the CCPS Portal, are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. A selection committee will review applications and invite selected candidates for interviews to take place the week of April 13. The 2020 cohort of SECU Public Fellows Interns will be notified by the end of April.

To find the application in the portal, first login using your onyen. Click “Current applications and nominations” on the left-hand side of the page, and then find “SECU Public Fellows Internship Program” on the list. You can begin your application by clicking the green “Start new” button found to the right of the SECU listing.

Placement Sites

In summer 2020, in collaboration with Rural Forward NC, Carolina is partnering with 10 unique internship placement sites in communities throughout rural North Carolina. On the written application, students can indicate a preference for up to three placement sites. Before beginning your application, please closely review the qualifications for the specific internship(s) for which you plan to apply.

The 10 sites are:

www.abc-2.net

Location and Service Area

Enfield, North Carolina
Serving Halifax, Northampton, Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties

Organization Mission

Connecting underserved and marginalized communities with resources to empower youth and advocate for community solutions and healthier lifestyles.

Position Description

  • Attend and provide progress updates at monthly Parks & Recreation board meetings
  • Participate in ABC2 World Changers weekly #IAmChange empowerment and administrative team conference calls
  • Conduct research and collect data to update recreation inventory of the master plan with ABC2 World Changers
  • Engage with community organizations and existing Parks & Recreation departments about implementation of the master plan and create a summary guide on how to increase utilization through the plan
  • Present at the ABC2 Board of Directors meeting in July 2020
  • Participate on the Feasibility Study Team to determine the need for and recommended design of a Halifax County Parks & Recreation department
  • Plan and host a “State of Recreation for Halifax County” event to present inventory updates in the master plan, share recommended next steps for a potential countywide Parks & Recreation department and celebrate some recreation successes

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Ability to work in communities that may have limited or no internet access
  • Interest in reshaping the direction of the community
  • Collaborative leadership and instructional skills
  • Commitment to healthy communities, positive change and social justice
  • Reliable and able to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Computer/internet experience and willingness to utilize technology
  • Public speaking, event planning and facilitation skills
  • Licensed driver preferred but not required

Note: This internship placement site includes an option for shared lodging in an intern house. The housing is provided by ABC2 at no cost to the intern. Interns are responsible for their own food and other grocery expenses.

Under the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (Healthy Foods) Program
http://www.arhs-nc.org/

Location and Service Area

Elizabeth City and Windsor, North Carolina
Serving Northeast North Carolina, with a focus on Beaufort, Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde and Pasquotank Counties

Organization Mission

ARHS mission: The Public Health Professionals and programs of Albemarle Regional Health Services are dedicated to disease prevention and the promotion of a healthy environment to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability through quality service, education and advocacy.

PICH Healthy Foods mission: To improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables in northeast North Carolina, with a focus on Beaufort, Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde and Pasquotank Counties.

Position Description

  • Coordinate and track vouchers that are distributed to nutrition education sites
  • Coordinate and track vouchers that are received by farmers markets and independent retail stores and ensure reimbursement
  • Assist with the development of vouchers and survey questions to evaluate program
  • Record and analyze data acquired during the fruit and vegetable prescription program on fruit and vegetable purchases and consumption and awareness of local produce vendors
  • Work with community partners to ensure program runs smoothly and is evaluated thoroughly
  • Present work at bi-monthly regional Healthy Foods Coalition meetings
  • Attend educational opportunities and trainings that relate to job responsibilities

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Some background/experience in nutrition and/or public health is preferred
  • The candidate must be a licensed driver with regular access to a vehicle, as the program covers many different counties that are spread out with little public transportation, and there tends to be little advance warning of where the intern might be needed.
www.eccfnc.org
www.clearpointnc.org

Location and Service Area

Washington, North Carolina
Serving Beaufort (primary), Martin, Tyrrell, Washington and Hyde Counties

Organization Mission

Eastern Community Care Foundation vows to create opportunities, promote individual choice and change the lives of children and adults in rural areas by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn and work in their communities.

Position Description

  • Work with Program Director to assist in research to support efforts surrounding food inequities through county’s Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) collaborative
  • Support efforts to assist individuals living within community that are battling with substance abuse disorders
  • Attend and participate in county and staff meetings to prepare strategies to provide community education

Site-Specific Qualifications

None provided. You are not required to be a licensed driver, but you must be able to find your own transportation to and from work.

A Project of the McDowell Local Food Council (LFAC)
http://www.foothillsfoodhub.org

Location and Service Area

Marion, North Carolina
Serving McDowell County, with some connection with people in Rutherford and Burke Counties

Organization Mission

The McDowell County Local Food Advisory Council advocates for an equitable and economically viable local food system to strengthen our community.

Position Description

  • Participate in McDowell Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC) and Foothills Food Hub Committee meetings
  • Participate in and eventually coordinate biweekly MANNA food distribution events
  • Collect and enter all volunteer data
  • Work with the project developer to create a volunteer communication process
  • Connect with food pantries on distribution and needs and potentially assist in coordinating the move of the pantry food support area
  • Coordinate with the project’s social media coordinator to ensure events are shared and timelines communicated
  • Depending on timing, work with project developer and Foothills Farm Cooperative representative to develop communication plan with farmers and potentially coordinate and conduct follow-up with farmers after food safety training
  • Attend various community meetings – building relationships in community (pantry leaders, recipients and support agencies) specifically around food insecurity efforts
  • Depending on interest, participate in community garden events
  • Attend community forums when possible, depending on their location and interest (evening events)

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Be able to work independently once a process has been established for a project
  • High comfort level with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word and Powerpoint specifically)
  • Comfortable working outdoors, potentially in gardens with community members
  • Already proficient or interested in learning to lead volunteer groups on various projects around food distribution
  • Comfortable with a dynamic workplan and multiple projects
  • Licensed driver preferred but not required
@FreedomOrg1865 on Facebook and Instagram

Location and Service Area

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Serving Edgecombe and Nash Counties

Organization Mission

To assist traditionally underserved communities and individual community members to discover their own freedoms and their limitless and collective power through historical preservation, economic development, education, community engagement and more.

Position Description

  • Garden work (set out transplants, pull weeds, prepare community supported agriculture (CSA) vegetable boxes for delivery, farmers markets on Saturdays)
  • Community work (note-taking at community and staff meetings)
  • Assist in planning and directing summer camp, help with youth ages 7-18
  • Run errands
  • Respond to emails
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Give farm and garden tours

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Word and Excel experience
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Social media marketing experience will be a bonus
  • Driver’s license and ability to drive a van preferred but not required.
www.menandwomenunited.org

Location and Service Area

Delco, North Carolina
Serving rural Columbus and Bladen Counties

Organization Mission

To promote education, increase awareness of available resources in the community and provide services, which lead to more independent and self-sufficient families.

Position Description

  • Assist with oversight and mentoring for the Youth Ambassador Food Program
    • Coordinate outreach to farmers in network of farmers, growers and producers
    • Create new markets for sale of produce

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Training in business management, marketing and public relations
  • Must possess the following characteristics: accountability, trustworthiness, promptness, willingness to learn new skills, ability to work on job tasks alone as well as with others, ability to multi-task while achieving successful outcomes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; records filing, social media, answering phones and taking messages and networking skills.
  • Prefer the ability to speak Spanish, as a contact for the growing local Latino population
www.ncfield.org

Location and Service Area

Kinston, North Carolina
Serving Lenoir, Wayne, Pitt, Green and Duplin Counties

Organization Mission

NC FIELD works to fill service gaps in the farmworker community, raise awareness of the plight of the farmworker and empower farmworkers to pursue educational and economic opportunities beyond the fields.

Position Description

  • Develop social media content plans that are consistent with the organization’s brand identity
  • Create consistent, meaningful content on all social media platforms, including writing and editing social media posts, improving customer engagement and promoting social media campaigns
  • Manage a high volume of daily social media posts.
  • Communicate with social media followers, including responding to queries in a timely manner
  • Develop and manage social influencer programs and attend social influencer events
  • Use analytical tools such as Google Analytics, Hootsuite Pro and Facebook Insights to monitor and evaluate the company’s social media presence and performance
  • Suggest pertinent recommendations to improve the social media marketing strategy for optimal results
  • Stay up to date on best practices and emerging trends in social media

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and thorough understanding of social media management and strategy
  • Experience using various analytics software
  • Multi-tasking and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Experience with creative applications such as Canva, Adobe Creative Suite and Hootsuite
  • Social media management experience, including planning and managing content for grassroots advocacy
  • Prefer experience with creating and editing video content
  • Bilingual in Spanish/bicultural familiarity with Latin culture
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation preferred.
www.oicone.org

Location and Service Area

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Serving Nash, Edgecombe, Northampton, Halifax and Wilson Counties

Organization Mission

We provide comprehensive employment, training, business and health services that strengthen opportunities for people in the communities we serve.

Position Description

  • Develop systems for tracking program participant attendance
  • Implement system for tracking participant supportive service delivery
  • Provide general administrative support to staff around office management
  • Offer administrative support to staff
  • Ensure all supplies and materials are appropriately inventoried and monitored
  • Complete administrative projects by identifying and implementing new technology and resources, redesigning systems and recommending re-deployment of designated resources
  • Answer phone calls
  • Assist with program-related work as necessary

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Ability to work effectively under deadline pressure
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated capacity to handle multiple tasks and projects and to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Computer literacy in word processing, email, internet and spreadsheets
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with diverse groups of citizens, who may have conflicting interests and opinions
  • Driver’s license not required, but intern needs to provide own transportation to and from work. OIC can provide occasional assistance such as bus passes.

https://www.projectmomentumnc.com/

Location and Service Area

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Serving Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties

Organization Mission

Project Momentum’s mission is to address urgent and emergent health disparities in Edgecombe, Wilson and Nash counties by providing wholistic services without excuses.

Position Description:

  • Work with “Addiction Algebra project,” which collects data on substance misuse and abuse in Edgecombe and Nash County
  • Attend all planning meetings and provide technical assistance to the project coordinator
  • Help with evaluation and analysis of the data that is collected
  • Handle logistics for data collection, including but not limited to retrieving snacks, setting up the environment, making sure that materials are readily available for the staff and taking minutes for meetings

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Be a team player
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality of records management
  • Be able to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Driver’s license not required. Project Momentum staff will provide transport to various community meetings.
www.whda.org
www.harbordistrictmarket.org

Location and Service Area

Washington, NC
Serving Beaufort County

Organization Mission

WHDA: The mission of Washington Harbor District Alliance is to serve as a facilitator and catalyst to renew, restore, rebuild, and revitalize the downtown business district, improve economic conditions, encourage tourism, and preserve historical buildings and their significance.

Harbor District Market:  The mission of the Harbor District Market  is to support local producers and artisans, provide fresh healthy food and local crafts to consumers of all income levels, educate the public about local sourcing and nutrition, and build an all-inclusive community around locally sourced food and other products.

Position Description

  • Work closely with Executive Director on day-to-day duties in the Harbor District Market, such as staffing the market booth, checking out customers, answering questions about becoming a vendor, tracking visitors and opening and closing the market
  • Develop and implement a project designed to grow the Harbor District Market, which might involve a marketing campaign during Farmers Market Week, expanding the Night Market to include more vendors and kids’ activities and/or planning a nutritional training program in collaboration with partners

Site-Specific Qualifications

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Spanish-speaking ability preferred
  • Must be comfortable working with the public
  • Must be dependable
  • Must be comfortable handling small amounts of cash and making change
  • You are not required to be a licensed driver, but you must be able to find your own transportation to and from work

 

To learn more about the SECU Public Fellows Internship program at 14 UNC System campuses, visit the SECU Foundation website.

If you have questions about the SECU Public Fellows Internship program at UNC-Chapel Hill, you can email Margaret Barrett or call 919-843-7567.