Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation believes summer internships offer a crucial pathway to future employment and experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. However, the universality of unpaid internships in the nonprofit sector often creates financial hurdles for students to participate in such experiential learning.
In an effort to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina, ZSR established the Nonprofit Internship Program (NIP) in 2011. Each summer, the program awards 20 college and university students, enrolled in four-year institutions across the state, with paid internships at ZSR-grantee organizations that are working to advance the Foundation’s values in the areas of Community Economic Development, Public Education, Social Justice & Equity, Environment, and/or Strengthening Democracy.
Students spend a minimum of eight weeks during the summer with participating host organizations. Internships offer a range of exposure and skill-building opportunities in areas such as research, community outreach, public policy, communications, fundraising and social media. Details and workplans for each intern vary by organization. A list of internship descriptions will be available in early December 2012. To see a list the 2012 participating organizations, please click here.
In addition to the internship, students will have the opportunity to connect with other interns in the program and participate in on-going professional development throughout the summer.
Interns receive a taxable stipend of $2,400 for their summer internship, which is paid in part by ZSR and the host organization.
Before applying, students should be aware of the following eligibility requirements. Eligible students must be:
Students of color are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
To apply for a summer internship through the Nonprofit Internship Program, students must submit answers to short essay questions, an updated resume, and contact information for professional/academic references.
To increase selection for an internship, applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one internship and submit tailored applications for each position.
The application is completed entirely online and will be available from December 7, 2012 to February 1, 2013 at 11:59PM. ZSR encourages applicants to compose and save their open-ended responses in Microsoft Word or a similar word processor and copy their answers into the application.
*If you would like to be notified when the student application becomes available, please contact Allie Yee at email@example.com.
Application essay questions include:
Role of ZSR Staff/NIP Coordinators
ZSR Staff/Coordinators of the Nonprofit Internship Program oversee candidate recruitment, confirm interns/site matches, authorize grant payments to host sites, and organize professional development opportunities for interns during the summer. ZSR Staff/NIP Coordinators also oversee the fulfillment of the NIP Program Agreement Form. Host organizations that meet eligibility requirements have purview over interviewing, matching with, supervising, and paying interns.
If you have additional questions, please contactAllie Yee at 336-354-0063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intern applications are due: February 1, 2013