Eastern North Carolina is an often-overlooked region rich with history and culture. From the most remote barrier islands in the Outer Banks to the bustling downtowns of Greenville and Wilmington, this area has much to offer residents and visitors alike.
The county seat of Edgecombe, Tarboro is much more than your average small town. Our charming downtown Main Street area thrives with shops and restaurants in an age when the storefronts of many small towns are hollow. Our historic landmarks and museums draw touring history buffs; our Blount-Bridgers museum showcases fine art; thousands gather to watch our extensive Christmas Parade; and the NC Symphony performs every summer on the Town Common.
Speaking of the Common, did you know there are only two original chartered town commons left in the United States? One is the famous Boston Town Common, and the other is Tarboro’s.
Despite all the beauty and opportunity the town offers, Tarboro still faces issues of stark inequality, often along racial lines. Edgecombe is consistently ranked as one of the state's poorest counties. It’s an area that struggles with massive health and other social problems—ranking in the state’s bottom percentiles in behavioral, clinical, social, economic, and environmental health factors. When the county is 58% African American, it’s clear that racial inequality is a major part of these problems.
ENCIP’s internships are designed in partnership with community organizations that are working on the ground to solve and prevent these issues. All our internship projects directly contribute to these organizations’ work—so by coming to Tarboro as an ENCIP intern, you will be contributing to real community-based solutions. To learn more about the challenges and opportunities of rural communities, and to help this particular community work towards justice and equality—join us!