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NC college students help local governments, nonprofits with COVID-19 response

An effort by Governor Roy Cooper’s administration is matching North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits seeking additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts.

The initiative is called NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many North Carolina students to lose summer jobs and internships lined up months ago. At the same time, many local governments and nonprofits find themselves in need of additional help as they grapple with the pandemic’s impact on their communities.

More than 80 North Carolina college students have been matched to opportunities with local government agencies and nonprofits across the state. Nearly all projects are virtual and include opportunities for interns to assist with grant writing and research, marketing and communications, community engagement and volunteer coordination, data analysis, strategic planning, and more. Interns are working with a variety of organizations, including county economic development departments, local chambers of commerce, non-profit service providers, arts organizations,and others.

The NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps initiative is part of Cooper’s NC Job Ready effort to make sure North Carolinians are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The program helps strengthen the public service talent pipeline and prepares North Carolina’s students for employment.

This initiative is led by the NC Strategic Partnerships team, an effort within the Office of State Budget and Management to build partnerships among government, universities, philanthropy and the private sector. Also involved are the UNC School of Government Lead for NC program, Hometown Strong, the NC Association of County Commissioners, the NC League of Municipalities, the NC Rural Center, and several institutions of higher education.

A list of current internship opportunities is available by visiting the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps Database. Kill Devil Hills has an internship listed. Two Currituck non-profits are looking for interns.

For more information on the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps initiative, contact Caroline Tervo at covidinterns@osbm.nc.gov.

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