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Thanks to generous support from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, the Carolina Center for Public Service is 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 will receive training and mentoring, be enrolled in a one-hour online course and will be paid up to $4,570 (before taxes and other deductions). The start date for the summer internships typically will be no sooner than May and must be finished no later than the end of August. The specific dates will be agreed on by the partner organization, intern and Carolina Center for Public Service.

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Eligibility

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

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill during the spring semester of 2023, academically eligible and planning to return for the fall semester of 2023 and have an expected graduation date no earlier than December 2023
  • Be committed to enrolling in a one-hour credit virtual summer school course, at no cost to you
  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Be able to work a minimum of 300 hours over the summer, not including the one-credit-hour course
  • Depending on the needs of the placement site, be able and willing to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Be able to participate in required pre-internship trainings, a local SECU branch advisory board meeting and post-internship follow-up, including a possible meeting with the SECU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Have access to transportation necessary for commuting to and from the internship placement site. Some placement sites require regular access to a car (noted in position descriptions below).
  • Applicants must not be a director, employee, or family member of a director or employee of SECU or SECU Foundation.
  • Applicants must not have participated in the SECU Public Fellows Internship program in the past at any university.

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

Applications are being accepted through the CCPS Portal and are due by February 12, 2023. you will be asked to select which sites you are interested in, so please review the positions descriptions below before applying. We will review applications and invite selected candidates for interviews to take place in late February or early March. The 2023 cohort of SECU Public Fellows Interns will be notified by April.

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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 collaboration with MDC Rural Forward, Carolina partners with 20 unique internship placement sites in communities throughout rural North Carolina. Before beginning your application, please closely review the qualifications for the specific internship site(s) for which you plan to apply. Descriptions of the 20 positions are below.

To learn about the 2022 SECU Public Fellows and their work, check out our stories page. More information about the 2023 placement sites will be posted as it becomes available.

https://www.amexcannc.org
https://www.facebook.com/amexcan.carolina/

Location and Service Area

Greenville, North Carolina (Pitt County)
Serving Eastern North Carolina

Organization Mission

Promote the active participation of Mexicans and Latinos in their new communities and encourage the appreciation, understanding, and prosperity of the Mexican and Latino community through cultural, educational, leadership, health, and advocacy.

Position Description

As a part of the AMEXCAN team there are always new and exciting opportunities to grow personally and professionally. There are many programs and specialty projects and programs that will need attention. The Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing assigned programs while working within relevant initiatives while interconnecting assignments with other coordinators for long term objectives. Utilizing skills from diverse areas will assist you in providing comprehensive programs for the community. One of the most important tools to combat disparities is the development and implementation of collaborative multi-system strategic plans that utilize diverse actions to create long term systemic changes. Each program and task you complete towards these goals must be specially tailored to meet the needs of the diverse populations we serve and as needs of the community change, so will the programs and services the organization and you will need to offer. Some tasks you will complete for your projects are:

  • Coordinate with other team members for events and activities
  • Utilize outreach tools and methods to engage the community
  • Coordinate with community leaders to develop action plans for activities and develop key partnerships for events and programs
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement programs and coordinate with community partners for events
  • Utilize outreach methods to recruit new members, volunteers, and community partners
  • Attend essential meetings and program events
  • Evaluate of programs and events and present program progress and evaluation data
  • Create lists of resources and providers in communities served and create contacts within available resources
  • Facilitate community partnerships with local resources, the organization, and the community
  • Coordinate community partners to present to the community
  • Train volunteers in outreach methods, leadership skills, and program standards
  • Ensure that partnerships remain beneficial to the community and follow ethical standards that preserve the dignity and safety of the community
  • Other duties as needed

This position requires access to a personal vehicle for transportation. The ideal candidate can bring new ideas to the organization and is able to multitask well.This position is Hybrid (Remote and In-Person).

Read about 2022’s AMEXCAN intern experience!

https://blueprintnc.org

Location and Service Area

Raleigh, North Carolina
Serving Eastern North Carolina

Organization Mission

Blueprint provides opportunities for training, resource sharing and convening for partner organizations that use civic engagement and education to advocate for a healthy democracy that works to remove barriers and to provide the resources communities need to achieve opportunity, security and well-being.

Position Description

In this hybrid situation intern will do most of their work from home but could be asked to have some in person assignments. Intern will be task to grow an expanding progressive infrastructure in communities capable of shifting policy, hearts, and minds. We know that we cannot have an inclusive democracy without clean air and water, access to affordable housing, equitable public education, safe communities, health care because these are necessary pre-conditions of full participation in a democracy that can actually work for all of us. Interns will assist in helping our partners to develop work plans that help their communities reach these goals. Intern will work with partners providing technical assistance and training so that they are successful.

The ideal candidate would have strong communication skills, and Google and Office suite skills. A driver’s license and transportation is helpful but not required.

https://www.corafoodpantry.org

Location and Service Area

Pittsboro, NC

Serving Chatham County

Organization Mission

CORA provides nutritious food to community members facing food insecurity.

Position Description

CORA is a non-profit organization that provides food to residents of Chatham County during financial crisis caused by loss of jobs, health conditions, and other personal situations. Founded in 1989, CORA has served the community with kindness, compassion, and dedication to ensure that families in need do not experience hunger. The SNACK! Coordinator facilitates all programmatic volunteer and participant activities to provide gratifying experiences for the community we serve.

The CORA SNACK! Intern reports directly to the Program Manager and is responsible for coordinating all SNACK! administrative and support functions as follows: recruitment, training, scheduling, updating and communicating, customer service, food support, outreach, and recognizing outstanding efforts. In concert with the Program Manager, the SNACK! Intern will continuously develop existing processes to ensure operational efficiency and positive site personnel morale, as they assist our respective program participants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work 40 hours per week for 5 weeks and 20 hours a week for 5 weeks
  • Work fully in-person on site in Pittsboro, NC
  • Foster a welcoming, productive and safe environment where everyone is treated with respect and feels valued.
  • Solicit sites for program through invitation. Consider strategic location based on current participation saturation.
  • Update program materials and training guides using previous years’ information as a template
  • Recruit, schedule, and train site leaders for program distributions.
  • Maintain necessary number of active site leaders.
  • Maintain weekly performance and participation records for program by site.
  • Maintain inventory records and provide weekly.
  • Report site issues or food concerns immediately.
  • Aim to build a program to support the provision of food for up to 1,500 unique participants.
  • Meet regularly with the Program Manager to discuss strategies for all aspects of program.
  • Provide reports and documents outlining program progress weekly.
  • Create a Week 3 and End of Program Summary reporting on key program indicators.
  • As an ambassador, represent CORA in the community through outreach activities and speaking engagements (as required). Competently and compassionately present the mission of the organization.
  • Orient and instruct groups regarding hunger awareness issues associated with SNACK! communities.
  • Formally and informally recognize SNACK! volunteers and their contributions to the mission. Work with the Executive Director to plan and execute volunteer recognition events.
  • Obtain and apply knowledge of handling procedures relative to movement and storage of food, food drive sorting, and food safety quality control standards and regulations per Feeding America and governing authorities. Ensure effective and complete implementation of all standards and regulations.
  • Coordinate daily activities with the Program Manager and other CORA staff.
  • Obtain all necessary material for SNACK activities, including products and supplies.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Program Manager
  • Indirectly supervises SNACK site leaders.

Qualifications

Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to represent CORA professionally. Be detail oriented and have strong interpersonal skills in order to work with diverse groups of people. Excellent customer service, strong work ethics, and organizational skills are necessary. Leadership skills and experience are preferred. Must be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment. This job has a significant physical aspect associated with the work, including frequent use of tools typically employed in the warehouse. An excellent driving record is required as some travel is necessary.

https://www.oxfordnc.org/

Location and Service Area

Oxford, North Carolina
Serving Granville County

Position Description

  • Assist in planning, writing and managing monthly eNewsletter
  • Design flyers, graphics and other marketing material for major events
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions and venues for marketing and communications
  • Assist with planning and implementing special events and programs within the community
  • Assist with onsite set-up and management of events
  • Maintain professional level of confidentiality concerning matters of sensitive and official nature
  • Maintain the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the City by assuring all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved
  • Cooperate with co-workers professionally to accomplish work efficiently and effectively
  • Have regular and predictable attendance
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of communications and marketing principles, practices, and implementation methods and customer service standards and protocols.
  • Advanced in written and verbal communications.
  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space.
  • Planning and coordinating projects, managing multiple projects at one time.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with general public, City employees, officials, neighborhood groups, media, etc.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software.
  • Working independently and as a team member, maintain composure and confidentiality, and working effectively in a high-pressure environment with changing priorities.

https://www.empowermentinc.org/

Location and Service Area

Chapel Hill, NC

Serving Orange County

Organization Mission

EMPOWERment, Inc.’s mission is to empower individuals and communities to achieve their destiny through community organizing, affordable housing, and grass roots economic development.

Position Description

The Career Explorer program is an 8 week summer employment program administered by EMPOWERment. This position will be the liaison between the Program Manager and the program interns. This position is hybrid (remote & in-person). The Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with recruitment and interviewing of interns
  • Contacting applicants that are accepted into the program
  • Processing the onboarding documents
  • Making regular check up calls to the interns
  • Scheduling personal development sessions for Friday workshops
  • Assisting with post internship evaluations

Qualifications

Candidates should have knowledge of the Office Suite products and social media platforms, be detailed oriented and able to work well with youth between the ages of 16 to 22.

https://www.freedomorg.org/

Location and Service Area

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Serving Edgecombe County

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. Edgecombe County is home of the first town chartered by Black individuals in America and is known for its Black political power during the reconstruction era.

Position Description

We are looking for a dynamic, energetic intern who is eager to learn about our Nonprofit by assisting various departments. You will be working closely with our team to conduct research, capture data, and attend meetings. To be successful as an Intern, you should be willing to help with any tasks assigned by a supervisor. You will be involved in upcoming projects as well as assisting with current campaigns. The ideal candidate is eager to learn and work with various departments, has excellent verbal and written communication skills, is proficient in Microsoft Office, and has the ability to multitask. This position is Hybrid (Remote and In-Person).

Read about 2020’s Freedom Org intern experience!

https://elfuturo-nc.org

Location and Service Area

Clinics in Durham and Siler City, NC

The intern may help with trainings or preparing for trainings or community events that may occur in the Triangle or other parts of NC. The Durham office where materials will be prepared.

Serving Durham, Orange, Chatham and Wake Counties

Organization Mission

El Futuro is a nonprofit outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive mental health services for Latino families in a bilingual environment of healing and hope. We keep nurturing stronger familias to live out their dreams.

Position Description

The Advancing Latinx Mental Health Access (ALMA)/Training Education and Consultation Intern will support the Technical Assistance and Consultation Program Lead to develop, grow and maintain a consultation and technical assistance program aimed at improving access to mental health care for the Latinx community throughout North Carolina. Too often Spanish speakers and Latinx immigrants in rural North Carolina can’t access quality mental health support–ALMA is attempting to expand access to every part of the state. This position is hybrid (in-person & remote).

Primary Responsibilities: Work on two or more of the following projects depending on interests and skill sets:

  • Communications and Outreach Plan for consultation work
  • Evaluation development for new Training, Education, and Consultation initiatives
  • Recruitment Materials for partner agencies
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Training Materials for Latinx mental wellbeing training/Placticas Practicas and support facilitating training or
  • consultation sessions
  • Create 12 social media posts about Latinx mental health
  • Analyzing El Futuro in the Community requests
  • Obtain participants’ and/or prospects input by administering surveys or assessments to support continuous quality improvement and research
  • Potential for co-designing other projects in response to emergent needs
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with all partner organizations and community stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with El Futuro staff to expand the deposits to the presentation bank
  • Help to gather information from Technical Assistance partners across the state to report on the most pressing mental health needs of Latino community members around North Carolina.
  • Participate actively in regularly scheduled individual and team meetings.
  • Support data collection and tracking

Full job description available here.

Qualifications

  • Experience with community/non-profit mental health/health organizations and demonstrated experience working with or awareness of the context of traditionally under-resourced communities, preferably the Latino community
  • Required: Must be able to document professional reports, program outcomes in English.
  • Strongly preferred: Spanish language proficiency
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and ability to build effective relationships with internal and external staff at all levels
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to self-monitor
  • Flexibility, creativity and a spirit of collaboration to address developing programmatic needs
  • Computer skills with ability to use Google suite products, cloud-based file management software (e.g., Box.com), online data collection (e.g. Qualtrics) and web conferencing skills (e.g. Zoom)

https://www.kinstonteens.org/

Location and Service Area

Kinston, NC

Serving Lenoir County

Organization Mission

Kinston Teens is a youth-led nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering young people through service, leadership and civic engagement.

Position Description

  • Develop an understanding of Kinston Teens, its mission and its partner organizations
  • Utilize relational organizing tools (textbanking, phonebanking) to share information about civic engagement opportunities and community resources
  • Help host and organize meetings, workshops and training events; coordinating logistics, scheduling, managing guest lists, sending invitations, etc.
  • Work with communications team to create digital initiatives that educate audiences on the most pressing issues affecting youth and marginalized communities in Kinston and Lenoir County, and call them to action
  • Attend local government meetings (virtually) of the Kinston City Council, Lenoir County Commissioners and Lenoir County Board of Education; providing updates to Kinston Teens staff, membership and community about actions taken by these governing bodies or news pertinent to the organization’s work
  • Assist in various aspects of the organization’s community engagement including, but not limited to, clerical duties in the office; fielding general inquiries by phone or email and assisting with drafting official correspondence from the organization
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned

Through or in addition to fulfilling the above responsibilities, the Community Engagement Assistant will be tasked with working on a long-term project throughout the course of their internship. Previous projects include: developing a marketing plan for a new/existing program or creating a Youth Resource library/database.

Qualifications

  • Experience using Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Suite products
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Photography and/or graphic design skills (Adobe Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator, or Canva)
  • Experience using social media platforms for a business or organization (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or TikTok).
  • Ability to work remotely and in person (hybrid schedule)

The ideal candidate would have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle, but this is not a requirement. Preference for someone able to work full-time, approximately 40 hours a week for 8 weeks.

legalaidnc.org

Location and Service Area

Sylva, North Carolina

Jackson County

Organization Mission

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Position Description

  • Support front office and reception tasks
  • Draft and prepare legal documents
  • Assess and digitize legal documents
  • Work closely with attorneys and paralegals in a variety of tasks
  • Attend Court trials
  • Greet clients and transfer phone calls

Qualifications

  • Be available to work full-time, approximately 40 hours a week fully in-person in Slyva, NC
  • A vehicle and driver’s license would be required, along with computer skills and an eagerness to learn new things.

https://www.chathamhomeless.org/

Location and Service Area

Siler City. NC

Serving Chatham County

Organization Mission

Love Chatham is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established in January 2021 as a common banner under which churches, businesses and people from Chatham County can come together to serve and love those in our community suffering from homelessness and hunger.

Position Description

Chatham County is a rural county with several small cities and towns/townships. In Siler City, where we are located, there is a poverty level of over 20%, affordable housing shortages, income disparity, issues with quality of housing, and food insecurity. Love Chatham works within the community actively engaging our community members to problem solve and find ways to prevent homelessness, support those that are, and love our community members the best way we know how. As a faith based organization we minister to those around us and believe healing happens at a mental physical and spiritual level. Projects may include fundraising, grant writing, diving into local policy, networking and further connecting our organization, examining and improving operating procedures as well as interacting with clients and other volunteers. In the past the internship was adapted to the intern leveraging both skill and knowledge already accumulated while stretching the intern to get outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves in meaningful real world applications. We generally like to include at least one capstone project. Depending on time and intensity of we may have another.

As we evolve and grow new opportunities frequently arise. For example, we are working on transitional housing models for our community to increase our capacity to serve. We partner with United Way, Salvation Army, the Department of Social Services, Central Piedmont Community Action and many others in an effort to provide community solutions. Other community partners like Mountaire, Food Lion, and CORA work with us to provide us with the necessary resources to serve the public. Love Chatham has a clothing closet ministry, food pantry ministry, furniture ministry, hotel ministry, and a summer food program for children with several new ministries on the horizon. The intern will be working alongside dedicated community members, organizations, and county resources looking to make a difference.

Qualifications

  • Solid writing and communication skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to maintain deadlines
  • Ability to deal with some ambiguous scenarios and make decisions based on the information available
  • A desire to learn about the organization and how we’re integrated within the community is critical to the outcome of the internship
  • Ability to keep up with multiple sources of communication (email, text, phone, etc)
  • Grant writing experience or a desire to learn more about grant writing and potentially center a project around this
  • Desire or ability to fundraise potentially as a capstone project
  • Ok with picture being taken and/or interviewing with the local newspaper
  • A desire to be developed professionally
  • Healthy conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work remotely and in person (hybrid schedule)

https://www.menandwomenunited.org/

Location and Service Area

Delco, NC

Serving Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus Counties

Organization Mission

Our mission is to promote education, resource awareness and to provide services to assist in creating independent and self–sufficient youth and families in our community. We believe that each family is the driving force behind their own success. Our programs assist, enrich, and enlighten each family member with valuable resources and educational opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives.

Position Description

Work with rural high school youth located in Columbus and Bladen counties, providing activities to keep youth engaged in workforce and career development activities. Coordinate/conduct life skills training and assist with food policy activities the youth are actively engaged in. These activities will enhance youth’s ability to attend college and or enroll in a program that leads to a credential.

Qualifications

The ideal intern should have experience working with youth, is experienced with google docs, Powerpoint, spread sheets and social media. Candidate should have license and transportation and a willingness to work with a team.

http://www.foothillsfoodhub.org

Location and Service Area

Marion, North Carolina
Serving McDowell County

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

This is a fully in-person position in Marion, NC.

  • Support food hub personnel with direct food distribution support
  • Farmer engagement – receiving, tracking and logistically supporting incoming farmer food
  • Volunteer management
  • Overall Food Hub support
  • Teaching kitchen scheduling and overall management

Qualifications

  • Be available to work full-time, approximately 40 hours a week fully in-person
  • Drivers license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, ever changing environment
  • Ability to serve and working with clients who may be struggling and/or experiencing homelessness
  • Ability to work with a variety of volunteers
  • Ability to work one Saturday a month
  • Ability to work with farmers and produce
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds – repeatedly

https://www.ncfield.org/

Location and Service Area

Mount Olive, NC

Serving Duplin, Wayne, and Lenoir Counties

Organization Mission

Our mission is to work alongside marginalized communities to build capacity, achieve holistic systems, equitable access to resources, and ensure strong inclusive rural North Carolina.

Position Description

NC FIELD is a non-profit community-based organization working to educate the public and be of service to agricultural workers and their families; youth (Poder Juvenil Campesino Program). We utilize a social determinants lens to deliver and help streamline resources to marginalized populations in rural eastern NC (with a focus on the agricultural workforce). We also implement service-learning and internships for youth as an alternative to agricultural labor during the summer months. NC FIELD is continues to advocate, expanding its reach, and fundraising capacity in order to continue building a community outreach model that utilizes a case management framework to increase the number of Agricultural workers who practice health wellness and prevention, are seeking help for behavioral health and addiction issues, and overall living healthier happier lifestyles (Sembrando Salud Project).

Qualifications

  • Drivers License or reliable transportation
  • Bilingual
  • Computer illiterate and proficient in Microsoft office.
  • Communications skills
  • Knowledge about Farmworkers is preferred but not necessary
  • Strong work ethic
  • A great sense of humor is always appreciated

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

This position performs tasks in support of various human resources processes and procedures. Primary responsibilities in the following functional areas: clerical/filing/data entry, maintenance of personnel information, employee documentations, assist with new hire orientation, assist with employee engagement initiatives, assist with summer youth program.

  • Attendance during the normal work hours is an essential function of the job to ensure work goals are met and customers are served
  • Onboarding – Processes new employee paperwork, enters I-9 and e-verify for compliance, conducts background and reference checks; completes NC New Hire Reporting.
  • Assists with recruitment – applicant tracking, scheduling interviews and maintenance of recruitment files.
  • Ensures accuracy of data in timekeeping system.
  • Monitors PTO and time off requests on a daily/weekly basis and communicates with departmental supervisors/managers of all corrections as needed.
  • Files all personnel and HR related documents in the employees’ personnel files.
  • Stay educated on understanding compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment.
  • Schedules interviews by contacting candidates.
  • Keeps log of all candidates interviews with status updates.
  • Performs related duties and special projects as assigned.

This position is Hybrid (Remote and In-Person).

Qualifications

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to multi-task and think critically; Strong computer skills with proficiency in HR/Payroll computer software and Microsoft Office which includes Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. (Such as in a typical office.)
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for periods one or more hours; use hands and fingers; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Good vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The ideal candidate would be outgoing and friendly, have strong interpersonal skills
  • Must understand the importance of confidentiality
  • Must be computer literate with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

Read about 2020’s OIC, Inc. intern experience!

Location and Service Area

Bolivia, NC

Serving Brunswick County

Organization Mission

To create solutions to Economic, Social and Human injustices in the Community.

Position Description

We are seeking a Program Associate to help support our busy and growing program needs. We are planning several projects this coming summer including a land loss prevention summit and voter registration outreach campaign. The land loss prevention will focus on educating families about heirs properties and land trust. The Voter Registration Outreach Campaign will focus on adults 18-35, educating them on the importance of voting.

Qualifications

  • Valid drivers license, auto liability insurance, and access to a vehicle for off-site events are required.
  • Availability to follow a flexible schedule at times.
  • Effective and clear verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to work full-time, approx. 40 hours a week for 8 weeks

https://www.peacehavenfarm.org/

Location and Service Area

Whitsett, NC

Serving Guilford & Alamance Counties

Organization Mission

Peacehaven Community Farm is a sustainable farm located on 89 beautiful acres of organic gardens, rolling pastures, and lush woodlands that connects people with special needs to their community.

Position Description

The Programs Assistant will work with the Director of Programs to carry out the mission of Peacehaven Community Farm. The Assistant will work with the lead educator of programs to execute the Cone Corp program. This program is an initiative between the Greensboro Police Dept. and Cone Health to provide summer programs and training for underserved youth. This program will take place during the day on the farm completing farm tasks. The assistant will follow the lead of the educator and farmer to work with the youth in this capacity. In addition, the programs assistant will work with the community engagement coordinator to organize volunteer opportunities and participate in any community speaking engagements. Finally, the Programs assistant will also work at times with the core members (residents) of the farm in their daily activities. The intended benefits of this internship is to assist Peacehaven Community Farm which is located in rural Guilford County in providing opportunities for engagement between people with and without disabilities and for those people to learn and grow together.

Qualifications

The participant will need to be able to provide their own transportation. This position is expected to be fully in-person. It is helpful if the participant enjoys engaging in conversation with others and likes to take initiative to not only complete tasks given, but also see tasks that need to be completed and do those on their own. Knowledge and experience with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is helpful but is not required.

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 holistic services without excuses.

Position Description

  • Work with service projects that are currently being funded in Edgecombe and Nash Counties.
  • Participate in all staff meetings and provide technical assistance to the project coordinator.
  • Help with evaluation and analysis of the data that is collected.
  • Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to retrieving snacks, setting up the environment, making sure that materials are readily available for the staff and taking minutes for meetings.

Qualifications

  • Be available to work full-time, approximately 40 hours a week
  • Be a team player.
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality of records management.
  • Be able to complete tasks in a timely manner.  Be able to work and adapt in an environment of constant change.
  • Be able to work effectively in a remote capacity at least part of the time.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.

The ideal candidate for this position is highly organized, pays  great attention to detail, excels in critical thinking, and has the ability to analyze data. This position is Hybrid (Remote and In-Person).

https://www.uwfc.org/

Location and Service Area

Franklinton, NC

Serving Franklin County

Organization Mission

To unite people and resources to build a strong community network focused on improving the quality of life by effectively addressing the health, social services and educational needs of the people of Franklin County.

Position Description

The United Way of Franklin County’s mission is to unite people and resources to build a strong community network focused on improving the quality of life by effectively addressing the health, social services and educational needs of the people of Franklin County. We fund community partners that offer programs and services to meet the needs of our community.

We created an Innovation Mobile Lab with state of the art equipment, ideas, and engagement for children and adults that will allow an intern an opportunity to turn opportunities in STEM from a vision into a reality. This STEM internship will excite minds with creativity, encourage new and nontraditional teaching techniques that support impulsiveness done right. Students can make a collective effort to succeed and foster entrepreneurship in Franklin County. This person will gain experience not only in STEM learning but also the fundamentals of creating a successful program.
We are looking for an opportunity to untilize a Summer Innovation STEM Instructor to be responsible for providing STEM lessons and content to boost curriculum in a new Innovation mobile lab throughout Franklin County. The Innovation Instructor will share scientific knowledge and create opportunities for invention, design, and creation for students in Franklin County (and the surrounding areas). The Summer Innovation STEM Instructor will encourage curiosity to improve STEM literacy, and cultivate critical thinkers who will shape the future of the STEM workforce.

The Summer Innovation Instructor will present dynamic science, technology, engineering, and math educational experiences to summer audiences and the community. This position will work both independentlyand as part of a team to develop, refine, and deliver memorable experiences. The Instructor will participate in training, evaluation, and motivation of other members of the community to participate in the mobile lab and bridge the gap between children and adults to create new career possibilities. This program will offer exposure to empower students in a rural community to become tomorrow’s innovators. It will stimulate opportunities for high school students to mentor middle school students and create an opportunity for a leadership tutor academy. The focus will be on rising middle school students. This will be an opportunity to think outside the box and help engage students in STEAM learning that mirrors the worlds needs. It is a critical opportunity for a vulnerable youth.

  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities in an organized and accurate way, including data tracking, record-keeping, and data analysis.
  • Contribute to marketing, including but not limited to social media posts and an exclusive Innovation lab site.
  • The ability to drive an Innovation bus and transport items will be helpful.
  • Frequent movement throughout the county, including outdoors, potentially for prolonged periods in varied weather conditions. Includes climbing narrow stairwells and occasionally lifting heavy objects such as supply bins and demonstrations.
  • Distribute and track attendance and surveys and other evaluation tools used for program feedback.
  • Coach staff and volunteers.
  • Attend regular meetings.
  • Proficiently use Google and/or Microsoft Office products.
  • Current or former student in, STEM or STEM related field of study.
  • Preferred two years of outreach and engagement experience

Qualifications

  • Ability to work remotely and in person
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiastic and entertaining program delivery skills.
  • Demonstrated ability or willingness to contribute to development and execution of new program ideas.
  • Attention to detail and proficiency in performing routine operational and administrative duties such as scheduling.
  • Must have an ability to motivate volunteers.
  • Must be self-confident and motivated; able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be detail-oriented and work well within a changing environment.
  • Must be open-minded and flexible.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a 32 passenger bus now converted to the Innovation Mobile Lab may be required

https://www.ucpcog.org/

Location and Service Area

Wilson, NC

Serving Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Wilson Counties

Organization Mission

The UCPCOG population of 296,296 is ranked eighth in the State. Unfortunately, as of 2019 four of the five counties (Edgecombe, Halifax, Wilson, and Northampton) are designated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce as Tier 1 economically distressed. In the region, 19.3% of the population lives in poverty. Associated with these dismal statistics are many problems but also many opportunities for making improvements. It is the mission of UCPCOG to address these concerns. “Working for a better tomorrow” is job one.

Position Description

The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments (UCPCOG) is seeking a Regional Planning Associate who will work among a team of 6 professional planners to administer and develop projects that benefit the five-county Upper Coastal Plain region. Serving as the lead regional organization for a five-county region (Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson), UCPCOG’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDS), works in partnership with federal, state, and local member governments, allied organizations, and community leadership. With diverse sources of funding, we comprehensively identify and address local and regional priorities and needs in the interrelated areas of community and economic development, infrastructure, workforce, and more. The Regional Planning Associate will primarily assist with the multi-region Tri-COG Food Ecosystem Economic Development Study (Tri-COG FEEDS) project. Tri-COG FEEDS is a regional food planning initiative to shorten supply chains, drive economic development, create quality jobs, enhance resilient practices, and foster equity in the greater region’s food system. The greater Tri-COG FEEDS region includes the UCPCOG region as well as the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments region and Triangle J Council of Governments regions (17 counties total). Tri-COG FEEDS related activities may include: providing educational content to member local governments and community partners about the findings of the Tri-COG FEEDS project through written and oral communication, research on how COGs around the state/country are getting involved in food systems and what local governments are doing to support local food systems, support an in-person event on the study’s results and regional strategy.

Additionally, the Regional Planning Associate will work with the PDS Director to implement the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which can be found at ucpcog.org. The Regional Planning Associate can choose an aspect of the CEDS that aligns with their course of study or area of interest, which may include a regional housing needs, broadband infrastructure, childcare needs, placemaking strategies, parks and recreation, digital inclusion, workforce development, or another CEDS-aligned economic or community development focus area. In implementing the CEDS, the Regional Planning Associate may convene the CEDS Strategy Development Group virtually or in person, may work with an external consultant (depending on focus area), and will have ample opportunities to engage directly with member local governments (or develop a project among a group of member local governments). CEDS related activities may also include updating portions of the CEDS document. Finally, PDS will be in the midst of implementing a regional disaster recovery scope of work funded by the NC Association of Regional Councils of Governments. The Regional Planning Associate will have a role in assisting with a variety of deliverables related to the regional disaster recovery scope of work. The Regional Planning Associate will work directly with at least two other experienced regional planners willing to train and offer advice and direct experience throughout the internship timeline, in addition to working with the PDS Director.

Qualifications

Ability to work remotely and in person (mostly remote with the option of working from the office and some required in-person meetings), ability to attend occasional evening meetings, valid NC driver’s license, access to a vehicle, an interest in working with very small local governments, willingness to work with a team, good time management skills, knowledge in food systems, experience with and interest in working with traditionally underserved populations.

https://whda.org/

Location and Service Area

Washington, NC

Serving Beaufort County

Organization Mission

The mission of the Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is to recruit and support businesses in the Central Business District while building partnerships that encourage preservation and promote the Harbor District as an inclusive, professional, commercial, cultural and residential community on the water.

Position Description

  • Work closely with Executive Director on Marketing campaigns to encourage visitors and locals to come to downtown Washington specifically with a new branding campaign including website updates (content only), blogs, & social media
  • Work closely with Executive Director in creating resources for businesses to grow such as website, Google, & social media reviews with suggestions on improvement opportunities
  • Develop and implement a project designed to grow WHDA’s outreach to business owners and visitors to Washington
  • Work with Harbor District Manager to serve customers during Market hours

Qualifications

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Must be comfortable working with the public
  • Must be dependable
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
  • You are not required to be a licensed driver, but you must be able to find your own transportation to and from work
  • This position is expected to serve mostly in-person

To learn more about the SECU Public Fellows Internship program at 16 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 Katelyn Bodwell at kbodwell@unc.edu.