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SECU Public Fellows Internship Program

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The SECU Foundation established the SECU Public Fellows Internship Program to connect interested, talented undergraduate students with leadership to obtain meaningful on-the-job experience with a local agency or organization.

The organization will provide a unique learning opportunity to allow the SECU Public Fellows Intern to give back to his/her community. An objective of the internship program is to help build capacity for underserved areas and help reduce the talent drain from rural communities in North Carolina.


Students are selected from a competitive pool and need to showcase interest in community involvement and dedication to enhancing their own career goals. Students are able to select an internship site that fits their career and professional goals.

The SECU Public Fellow Interns are required to perform 300 hours at their internship site and participate in professional development sessions at the WCU Center for Career and Professional Development to help hone their skills.

Students who are accepted into the program are awarded up to $5,000 for their experience. Applications are accepted early in the Spring semester each year.

Students Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Students will be undergraduate students.
  • Students will be from the following majors: Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, World Languages, Anthropology, Philosophy and Religion, Communication, or English.
  • Students will have a minimum of 60 credits completed at the start of the internship.
  • Students will have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Students will be residents of North Carolina.
  • Students will be able to articulate their career goals and how these goals will influence change in the world around them through an application essay.
  • Students will demonstrate prior commitment to civic engagement and/or community leadership.
  • Students will demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills and be able to use technology effectively.
  • Students will not be graduating seniors or graduate students.
  • Students will not be related to an employee of the SECU or SECU Foundation.
  • Students will not have participated in the SECU Public Fellows Internship Program previously.

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For more information, contact the Center for Career & Professional Development at 828-227-7133 or

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