Peacemakers Freedom School
Passionate about civil rights and education equality? With its ideological roots in the civil rights movement of the 60s, Freedom School seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, Freedom School uses curriculum designed by the Children's Defense Fund to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. An ENCIP intern at Freedom School will be a full-time teacher for the summer, giving these kids tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Edgecombe County Health Department
Want to help the community better understand and combat the opioid epidemic? This intern will be a full-fledged member of the Health Department team: attending staff meetings and local summits, and given responsibility for independent projects. Working alongside the Coordinator of Health Services, this intern will be responsible for the following: 1) creating educational materials surrounding Substance Use Disorder (SUD), the opioid epidemic, and harm reduction strategies; 2) designing a community survey addressing barriers to care and health care services; and 3) assisting in organizing focus groups and interviews with providers, prescribers, and first responders as well as community members to better understand gaps in understanding and awareness regarding SUD, harm reduction, and prevention surrounding the opioid epidemic.
Michael’s Angels Girls Club
Want to improve the skills, self-confidence, and futures of girls in Edgecombe County? This intern will help facilitate an educational and empowering summer experience for approximately 50 girls ages 7-17. You will have the opportunity to help design a grant-funded program for preventing teenage pregnancy, help design and facilitate a grant-funded tennis camp, and/or develop curriculum to teach the girls how to responsibly manage their personal social media. Additionally, you will help the organization determine how to best manage the assets of the St. David Street Community Garden. For more about MAGC, check out this YouTube video.
Vidant Health Advance Care Planning
Want to help prevent an underrated issue that causes many families avoidable anguish? This intern will work under Vidant Health's Outreach Coordinator for Advance Care Planning to educate families and individuals in Eastern NC about the importance of advance care planning — that is, making decisions about the healthcare you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. This internship has flexibility according to the intern’s interests: Last summer, our intern designed and conducted a survey of Vidant-Edgecombe Hospital's engagement with end-of-life care. The previous summer, our intern made educational presentations and traveled the area making home visits. This internship will include shadowing hospice and palliative care physicians and advanced practitioners, as well as other medical professionals.
Rural Opportunity Institute
Rural Opportunity Institute (ROI) is a social innovation lab that designs solutions around the needs of individuals and families in rural Eastern North Carolina. With the goal of ending generational cycles of trauma and poverty, ROI seeks to preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. The intern with ROI will contribute to the institute in some or all of the following ways: first, through documentation, branding, and communications work; second, by researching and testing open-source biofeedback technology solutions that measure heart rate variability; and third, by conducting market analysis of emerging technologies for nervous system health. This internship is well-suited to anyone passionate about social change, someone with strong written and visual communication skills, and potentially someone with interest in market research, business innovation, and health technology.
Tarboro-Edgecombe County Tourism
Interested in history, tourism, communications, or small-town economics? Want an opportunity to work with a hands-on, creative project during your summer? This summer both the Town of Tarboro and the Edgecombe County Tourism Authority will be hosting an intern. The Town of Tarboro intern will be tasked with improving the town’s online presence (website, social media, etc.) and designing print collateral materials for marketing the town’s tourism assets. The Edgecombe Tourism Authority is seeking an intern to enhance the County web presence, design a “signature event” to bring more tourists to the area, and map/publicize biking trails in the area.
Mental Health Advocacy
Passionate about mental health issues? Many individuals with mental illness have difficulty finding and maintaining employment. This internship, hosted by Tarboro Pediatric Psychiatry, aims to identify the specific challenges that individuals with mental illness face when seeking employment within the Tarboro community. The intern will survey local business owners’ experience, or lack thereof, in hiring and working with individuals with mental health challenges; design and implement an educational program for business owners to learn about the benefits of working with individuals with mental health challenges; and create a directory of local businesses interested in hiring these individuals.
Edgecombe County Public Schools
Be part of a team that is changing the face of rural education! Edgecombe County Public Schools is committed to "doing school differently" to ensure that all scholars have the opportunity to realize their dreams. This summer, our intern will partner with school and district leadership to design and implement programs that promote student-centered learning. The intern will gain experience working directly with educators and partnering with a variety of stakeholders in Edgecombe County, NC. If you are passionate about educational equity and want to learn more about making it a reality in rural communities, this is the place for you!