Division of Student Affairs

2021 SECU Public Fellows Program

Posted on Friday, May 7th, 2021 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs. Tags:

After the success of our inaugural SECU Public Fellows Internship, the Division of Student Affairs is grateful that the SECU Foundation has doubled their grant award from $50,000 to $100,000, allowing for an additional 10 students to join the program for 2021. With this increase, the students will be placed in an additional 8 locations compared to the 2020 sites. The program is facilitated by the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and Career and Professional Development.

The SECU Public Fellows are passionate about civic and community engagement, and participating organizations will offer students experience in functional areas. Interns are expected to develop and leverage skill sets needed to help organizations reach their mission and in turn make a positive impact on the community and/or provide benefit to the public.

This year’s fellows and their placements are:

  • Samantha Klim, Burlington Development Corporation RSVP Program
  • Destiny Thompson, Burlington Recreation & Parks
  • Tatianna Wilkins, Center for New North Carolinians
  • Carina Moreno, CityGate Dream Center
  • Jaear McClendon, Compass Greensboro
  • Dominique Anderson, Compass Greensboro
  • Tyler Blaise, East Greensboro NOW
  • Shannon Behn, Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc.
  • Taylar Garrett, Guilford County Family Justice Center
  • Janasia Clark, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC
  • Kathryn Meres, Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
  • Alliana Avancena, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad
  • Brianna Garcia, Love Community Development Corporation
  • Shekinah Gonzales, National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Inc.
  • Ireland Lynch, Reading Connections
  • El Nealson, Reading Connections
  • Triniti Ware, Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network
  • Jarriet Smith, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Alamance County
  • Destiny King, SHIELD Mentor Program
  • Aaliyah Mathews, YWCA of Greensboro

Additionally, demonstrating the breadth of the network of Spartans in the Triad area, several of the site supervisors are UNCG Alumni. These include Melissa Hoose (Burlington Recreation & Parks) ‘12 MA, Jessica Goodman (League of Women Voters) ‘17 M.Ed., Liz Kiser (Compass Greensboro) ‘21 MA, and Kathryn Hubert (Compass Greensboro and owner of Chez Genese) ‘12 BS.

To ensure students are prepared for a successful internship experience, UNCG will provide students with a pre-internship professional development session to discuss workplace expectations, define and operationalize their indicated learning outcomes, and understand professionalism in the workplace. UNCG will serve as a continued support to students throughout the duration of the program. Upon completion of the program, interns will again participate in a professional development session that reflects on the requirements of the internship and supports students in making connections between their experiences and personal and professional goals.

Every student will receive a $4,800 stipend for their work contributions this summer and will present their experience to a local SECU Advisory Board at the conclusion of the project, providing an opportunity to network, practice their presentation skills, and share what the internship experience meant to them.

For more information about the SECU Public Fellows Internship, please visit go.uncg.edu/secu