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SECU Public Fellow Internship Program


This program was developed in partnership between the UNCG Career and Professional Development (CPD) and Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) and thanks to funding from the SECU Foundation. The SECU Public Fellows Internship allows UNCG students interested in civic engagement a paid opportunity to build capacity with local organizations and agencies that support our communities.

Requirements for SECU Public Fellow Interns:

As an intern, you’ll benefit from a meaningful professional experience with a local agency or organization, while giving back to a rural community in North Carolina. Interns are eligible to receive up to $4,750 for the summer. For interns to be considered,  the following requirements must be met:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UNC Greensboro in good academic standing during the semester of application, and academically eligible and planning to return for the semester following the internship.
  • Have an approved resume in Handshake.
  • Be able and willing to complete a minimum of 300 hours (30-40 hours a week), not to exceed 400 hours between May and August.
  • Have access to transportation necessary for commuting to and from the internship site.
  • Be willing to complete all community site hiring requirements as needed (ie. background check).
  • Be available and willing to participate in internship trainings related to the program
  • Be open to being featured on social media and giving presentations speaking about your experience

Intern Application Process:

The application process for the 2022 SECU Public Fellows Internship has 3 stages:

  • STAGE 1: Apply for acceptance into the SECU Public Fellows Program. You will be asked to rank the positions are are interested in.
  • STAGE 2: If you are accepted, you will be asked to submit a video interview.
  • STAGE 3: The top candidates will be invited to interview with the host site supervisors at the community organization.

Click Here to View 2022 Position Descriptions

Applications for 2022 are now closed

Questions? Contact Megan Walters (mlwalter@uncg.edu) or Katelyn Bodwell (k_bodwel@uncg.edu).

2021 Cohort and Community Partners:

This summer, 20 SECU Public Fellow Interns were placed at 18 unique internship sites in communities throughout North Carolina. The interns who were selected and their Community Partner sites for 2021 include:

  • Aaliyah Matthews, YWCA of Greensboro
  • Alexis Kirkpatrick, Burlington Development Corporation RSVP Program (Burlington Housing Authority)
  • Alliana Avancena, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad
  • Brianna Garcia, Love Community Development Corporation (LoveCDC)
  • Carina Moreno, CityGate Dream Center
  • Destiny King, SHIELD Mentor Program
  • Destiny Thompson, Burlington Recreation and Parks
  • Dominique Anderson & Jaear McClendon, Compass Greensboro
  • El Nealson & Ireland Lynch, Reading Connections
  • Janasia Clark, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC
  • Jarriet Smith, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Alamance County
  • Kathryn Meres, Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
  • Shannon Behn, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
  • Shekinah Gonzales, National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (NCCJ)
  • Tatianna Wilkins, Center for New North Carolinians
  • Taylar Garret, Guilford County Family Justice Center
  • Triniti Ware, Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network
  • Tyler Blaise, East Greensboro NOW

If you are a representative from a community organization interested in applying for an intern, please email Katelyn Bodwell at k_bodwel@uncg.edu.

Check out the videos below to hear more from some our interns about their experience this summer!