Do I need to send my formal transcripts?

Transcripts are not required for the application but may be requested if needed during the selection process. There is no minimum GPA required for selection into the program.

Are the internship positions full-time or part-time?

All the internship positions are full-time (32-40 hours per week). Typical work hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 but may vary depending on your internship placement.

If I am awarded an internship position, where will I be working?

All interns are assigned to community economic development organizations, general nonprofits, small businesses, minority credit unions or local government entities in their home county. Leadership trainings, field trips and site visits are held once every two weeks, typically in Raleigh.

How much does the internship pay?

Interns will earn a $2,250 stipend for participating in the full five-week program.  Participants will be paid a portion of the stipend twice per month, on the 15th and the last working day of the month.

How does N.C. Community Development Initiative select students for internships?

Interns are selected by the Initiative’s selection committee. Selection criteria include (in no particular order): community and school involvement, work experience, volunteerism, student goals and aspirations.  Because there is no formal interview process, students are encouraged to be as specific as possible when completing the application and to include detailed information throughout the application process. The selection committee reviews all student applications and site locations available, and then assigns students to internships.

When will students be notified if they receive an internship?

All applicants will be notified on or before May 9, 2018. Students will be allowed up to one week to accept the internship offered. Those students not selected will also be notified.

What is the GPA requirement for the program?

There is no minimum GPA requirement for selection, aside from a student being in good academic standing as an enrolled rising high school senior. We look at overall performance and do not base our decisions solely upon GPA.

I am undecided about a career at this point. I am interested in many areas of study and career choices. Should I still apply?

Yes. We don’t expect all our participants to become community economic development leaders, but we think you will enjoy this hands-on introduction to one possible career. This introduction to community economic development may help you decide if you like the discipline enough to pursue it further. Additionally, the leadership skills developed will enhance your growth for any career.

I am planning to go on vacation with my family or participate in other summer activities or jobs. Can I still participate in the Internship?

Students are expected to defer family vacations, extra-curricular activities and other part-time jobs until after the program ends on July 27, 2018. If your part-time job starts earlier than 7:00p.m., you will need to make a decision about which activity suits you best. As we noted above, this is a six-week program and students are expected to participate in the entire program.

Can I start a couple of days later than the scheduled start date?

No, students are required to attend the entire program.

How can I learn more about the N.C. Community Development Initiative?

Please visit our website at An electronic version of all application materials is available at

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Barron or Katrina Damon
Program Facilitators
(919) 858-6330

Many thanks to our sponsors

BB&T Oak Foundation Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Wells Fargo Triangle Community Foundation PNC Suntrust Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust NeighborWorks America