SECU Public Fellows Internships Program

SECU Public Fellows Internships Program

Thanks to generous support from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation, UNCSA is offering ten SECU Public Fellows Internships to current C1 students through C3 students who are North Carolina residents. Each intern will work a minimum of 300 hours during this summer internship.

The SECU Public Fellows Internships Program develops future student leaders, helps build capacity at nonprofit and government agencies, provides meaningful work experience, develops professional networks and skills, and helps talented young people serve in rural areas of NC.

SECU Public Fellows Interns will receive a $5000 stipend that is intended to help off-set any expenses accrued during the internship including housing, food, and travel expenses. The internship stipend will not be taxed, therefore, interns are responsible for paying applicable taxes.

Student Eligibility

UNCSA college students must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold North Carolina residency;
  • Be enrolled as a full-time college student who will be continuing college in Fall 2024;
  • Must not be a director, employee, or family member of a director or employee of SECU or SECU Foundation.

Internship Requirements

  • Sign an internship participation agreement and complete other paperwork.
  • Complete at least 300 hours of work at the internship location between May 13 and Aug. 14 (specific start and end dates will be determined by the internship location and intern).
  • Attend the May 10 orientation and Aug. 15 post-internship professional development at UNCSA.
  • Participate in local SECU branch meeting and possibly a SECU Foundation Board of Directors meeting during or following the internship.
  • Complete all internship requirements including progress report, surveys, and documentation.

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

Successful candidates will be self-starters, collaborative, and diligent. They will exhibit professionalism and good communication abilities. They will be open to building skills and developing professional networks through this internship opportunity.

Student applications will include a general information section and a short essay. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee.


1/16/24 Application period opens
2/5/24 Applications due by 12 noon
2/7 - 2/13/24 On-campus interviews 
Early March Notification
5/10/24 Orientation on UNCSA campus
5/13 - 8/14/24 Internship period (specific dates will be determined with internship location and intern)
8/15/23 Post-internship professional development  


The SECU Fellows Internship application includes:

  • Student Information Section
  • Supporting Documents Section (submit a single PDF file that includes the following)
    • Short essay (500 words maximum) addressing these questions: (1) why are you interested in this opportunity, (2) what skills do you bring to the program, (3) what do you hope to learn?
    • Resume

The PDF file you upload should be labeled as follows: Last name_First name_SECU_2024

Note: SECU Fellows Internship Application will be available from January 16 through 12 noon on February 5, 2024.


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