Non-Profit Internship Program

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Summer internships offer a crucial pathway to future employment for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. However, the universality of unpaid internships in the nonprofit sector create financial hurdles for students to participate in experiential learning.

In an effort to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation established the Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP) in 2011. Since 2011, the program has awarded paid internship opportunities to more than 20 Pell grant-eligible college and university students enrolled in four-year institutions across the state. This year, the program will continue through a collaboration of seven funders to offer 36 paid internships for the summer of 2019. Download a printable summary of participating host organizations.

Below is a list of 2019 NPIP summer interns, the schools they attend, and the organizations they are interning with:

Intern Name


Host Organization

Amanda Monroe

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PTA NC Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.

Liana Kostak

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NC Community Health Center Association

Tibaria Alnouri

Guilford College

North Carolina Institute of Medicine

Tyler Haugle

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NC Child

Aditi Kharod

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NC Justice Center

Christian Villacres

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


ZaKira Rogers

North Carolina A&T State University

UNC-Center for Public Television

Brittany D. Cowan

North Carolina Central University

ARC-High Point

Diana Selena Robles

Greensboro College

Ready for School, Ready for Life

Johanna Silva

Wake Forest University

YWCA of High Point, Inc.

Janasia Jones

Winston-Salem State University

Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC

Lenesha Northington

Chowan University

A Better Chance A Better Community

Makayla Johnson

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Halifax Regional Medical Center Inc

Angelica Lynn

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Rockingham County Champions for Education/NC-100

Brooklynn Chacon

Appalachian State University

Simple Gesture Greensboro Inc

Irene Knoepfel

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Out of the Garden Project

Ahna Robbins

North Carolina State University

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture

April Lauren Turner

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sound Rivers, Inc.

Ashton Cloer

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

NC Coastal Federation, Inc.

Bethany Hewett

Duke University

Carolina Common Enterprise

Carly Zaccaria

Elon University

Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.

Christian Carter

North Carolina State University

NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc.

Collin Huske

Warren Wilson College

Mountain BizCapital, Inc.

Elias Everitt

Wingate University

Sustainable Sandhills

Emily Yacuzzo

High Point University

YWCA of High Point, Inc.

Fahiima Mohamed

Appalachian State University

MDC, Inc.

Jaire Clarida

North Carolina A&T State University

Sustain Charlotte, Inc.

Jewel Tillman

Elon University

NC Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Inc.

Jonathan Gonzalez

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carolina Common Enterprise

Joshua Melton

North Carolina A&T University

A Better Chance A Better Community

Marium Konsouh

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc.

Masiel Bautista

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Center for Responsible Lending

Megan Rankins

Davidson College

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Inc.

Samanta Noyola-Luviano

North Carolina State University

Jonesboro United Methodist Church

Sunny Calhoun

Wake Forest University

Equality NC Foundation

Tyesha Pickard

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Rockingham County Champions for Education/NC-100

Funders involved in the collaboration in 2019 include:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
Democracy Fund
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Foundation for a Healthy High Point
Reidsville Area Foundation
Weaver Foundation
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Students spend a minimum of eight weeks during the summer with 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; however, host organizations must provide the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation with a workplan that ensures a rewarding experience, substantive opportunities, and adequate supervision for their intern.

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 $3,200 of which the funder provides two-thirds ($2,133) in a lump sum to organizations. Host organizations must provide the remaining one-third ($1,067) and are responsible for paying the stipend to the intern. (Please note: The remaining one-third of the stipend is not paid by the school which the student currently attends.) Each Host Organization is eligible for only one intern per summer.

Role of ZSR Staff

ZSR Staff coordinate the Non-Profit Internship Program, which entails overseeing candidate recruitment, confirming interns/site matches, authorize grant payments to host sites and organizing professional development opportunities for interns during the summer. ZSR Staff also oversee the fulfillment of the NPIP Program Agreement Form. Host organizations that meet eligibility requirements have purview over interviewing, matching with, supervising, and paying interns.

Host organization applicants contact: Bear Tose, 336-725-7541 ext. 114
Student applicants contact: Bear Tose, 336-725-7541 ext. 114


Eligible students must be:

  • A rising sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full-time in a four-year North Carolina college or university; OR
  • A rising sophomore, junior or senior North Carolina resident enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college outside the state; AND
  • Pell grant-eligible in the academic year in which they apply for NPIP. As a part of the application process, students will be asked to upload their Student Aid Report verifying their Pell grant eligibility. Students can access this document through their FAFSA login. Click here for further directions. Students ineligible for a Pell grant due to documentation issues or criminal conviction may be eligible and should contact Jose Oliva. For more information, check the Non-Profit Internship Program FAQs.

Students of color are encouraged to apply.

*Please note that some internships will have additional eligibility requirements which will be outlined on the application.

Eligible ZSR Host Organizations must*:

  • Receive a ZSR grant between November 2014 and May 2017;
  • Pay the intern $1,067 (one-third of the overall stipend); and
  • Agree to and complete the Program Agreement Form prior to being accepted into the program.

**This information applies to ZSR grantees ONLY. For ZSR, host organizations may apply by invitation only. If you are interested in hosting a summer intern, please contact Bear Tose.

Matching Process

Once a student's eligibility has been verified, his or her application will be forwarded to the appropriate organization(s). This begins the Matching Period, which lasts a few weeks. During this period, organizations will review received applications, decide whom to interview, and make arrangements with the students to conduct interviews. Once an organization has decided on their intern, they will send the student a Program Agreement Form to complete and sign. (Note: A student may receive multiple offers, but can only accept one internship.) The Matching Period culminates on Match Day, when organizations submit their signed Program Agreement Forms to the ZSR coordinators, signifying a "match." For more information, contact Bear Tose.

Before applying, please see Non-Profit Internship Program FAQs.

ZSR is not accepting student applications for NPIP at this time.