UNC, Chapel Hill Summer Internship


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.

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 independently and 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


  • 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