ZSR Announces 2015 Non-Profit Internship Program Participants Nineteen students awarded paid summer internships to explore the nonprofit sector

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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has announced the participants of its 2015 Non-Profit Internship Program.

The Foundation believes it is important for college students to secure paid summer internships with nonprofit organizations in order to pave a pathway to future employment in the sector and offer a training ground for the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

In an effort to diversify the pool of aspiring, young nonprofit professionals, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP) awards up to twenty students with paid summer internships and matches them with organizations the Foundation has funded across the state. Many other internships in the nonprofit sector are unpaid, which poses a considerable barrier to students who cannot afford to work without pay for the summer. The program is also intended to expand opportunities for students to explore the nonprofit field, a sector that contributes 425,000 jobs to the state.

“We established the Non-Profit Internship Program as a way to provide college students with an introduction to the dynamic work nonprofits are doing in communities all across the state,” said Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “Our hope is that by removing financial constraints that might prevent them from gaining exposure to this sector, students will walk away with the experience and credentials they need to better position themselves for a potential career with a nonprofit organization after graduation.”

Students are selected through a competitive application process. Eligible students must be: enrolled full time in a four-year college or university; a resident of North Carolina or an out-of-state resident attending an institution in North Carolina; and receiving a Pell grant during the academic year in which they submit the application. Eligible host organizations are all based in-state and are current or recent ZSR grantees.

Internships offer a range of exposure and skill-building opportunities in the areas of research, community outreach, public policy, communications, fundraising and social media.

This year, 34 organizations and 85 students from 29 colleges and universities applied.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation established the Non-Profit Internship Program in 2011.

Below are the organizations that were selected this year and their 2015 summer interns:

Host Organization

Student Name

School Name

Appalachian Voices

Terrell Taylor

NC A&T University

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Inc.

Alijah Brown

NC Wesleyan College

Green Opportunities, Inc.

Abigail Incze

UNC Asheville

HOPE (Helping Organize People Effectively)

Carrianne Hilliard

Johnson C. Smith University

Institute for Emerging Issues

Hannah Olaniyan

UNC Chapel Hill

Institute for Southern Studies

Hakeem Dykes

Shaw University

Legal Services for Southern Piedmont

Itane Coleman

UNC Greensboro

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina Foundation

William Sokolovic

East Carolina University

Nature Conservancy

Anna Burby

NC State University

NC Advocates for Justice Foundation Inc. for NC Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Hunter McGuire

UNC Chapel Hill

NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Kady Evans

Greensboro College

NC Community Development Initiative

Geneva Holmes

NC Central University

NC Museum of History

Abigail Bell

UNC Chapel Hill

River Front Development Group

Emagine Montgomery

UNC Greensboro

Sustain Charlotte

Miriam Mohammad

Salem College

Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Alliance, Inc.

Kelsey Jaynes

Western Carolina University

University of North Carolina General Administration (NC New Teacher Support Program)

Aliyah Bryant

UNC Greensboro

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

Kalie McErlean

Liberty University

Yadkin Riverkeeper Inc.

Rebekah Wood

East Carolina University