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Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP)

Grants to North Carolina College and University
Students for Nonprofit Summer Internships Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/11/19 12:00 PM (noon)


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Stipends of $3,200 to North Carolina full-time university and college students for participation in a nonprofit summer internship program. Funding is intended to expose interns to a range of skill-building experiences in many areas, including public policy, research, communications, community outreach, fund raising, and social media. Summer internships offer a crucial pathway to future employment for the next generation of nonprofit leaders, and a chance to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina.

Details and workplans for each intern vary by organization; however, host organizations must provide the Foundation with a work plan that ensures a rewarding experience, substantive opportunities, and adequate supervision for their intern. In addition to the internship, students will have the opportunity to connect with other interns in the program and participate in on-going professional development throughout the summer.

The Foundation staff will coordinate the internship program, which entails overseeing candidate recruitment, confirming interns/site matches, authorizing grant payments to host sites, and organizing professional development opportunities for interns during the summer. ZSR Staff also oversee the fulfillment of the NPIP Program Agreement Form. Host organizations that meet eligibility requirements have purview over interviewing, matching with, supervising, and paying interns.

This program is targeted toward underrepresented students with the understanding that this population is disproportionately people of color.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185020

Number of Grants:

Up to 20 interns matched with up to 20 host organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Interns receive a taxable stipend of $3,200.
- Any additional compensation beyond the $3,200 stipend must be in accordance to agreement between the host organization and the intern and is the responsibility of the host organization.

Term of Contract:

Students spend a minimum of eight weeks during the summer with host organizations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible students must be:
- A rising sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full-time in a four-year North Carolina college or university; OR
- A rising sophomore, junior or senior North Carolina resident enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college outside the state; AND
- Pell grant-eligible in the academic year in which they apply for NPIP. As a part of the application process, students will be asked to upload their Student Aid Report verifying their Pell grant eligibility. Students can access this document through their FAFSA login. Students ineligible for a Pell grant due to documentation issues or criminal conviction may be eligible and should contact the funding source.

Seniors graduating in May 2016 are not eligible to apply, but those who are returning to campus in Fall 2016 are.

Students attending an North Carolina college or university on an education visa may qualify if they are receiving need-based financial assistance from their college or university. If a student does not have an education visa and has qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the student qualifies.

Students of color are encouraged to apply.

Affiliated centers, programs, or institutes that have been awarded a grant from ZSR between November 2012 and May 2015 are eligible to host interns. However, due to the intention of the program to broaden experiences and opportunities for students selected for internships, colleges and universities may no longer offer an internship to students affiliated with their respective institutions. Students enrolled at the affiliated college/university are ineligible for an internship placement at their college/university.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an application is February 11, 2019 by 12:00 PM (noon).

Once a student's eligibility has been verified, his or her application will be forwarded to the appropriate organization(s). This begins the Matching Period, which lasts a few weeks. During this period, organizations will review received applications, decide whom to interview, and make arrangements with the students to conduct interviews. Once an organization has decided on their intern, they will send the student a Program Agreement Form to complete and sign. (Note: A student may receive multiple offers, but can only accept one internship.) The Matching Period culminates on Match Day, when organizations submit their signed Program Agreement Forms to the ZSR coordinators, signifying a "match."

ZSR will provide funds for only one intern per organization. Students are encouraged to apply to multiple internship placements. However, they may only be accepted at one placement in a given summer.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Host organization applicants contact: Jose Oliva, 336-725-7541 ext. 112

Student applicants contact: Bear Tosé, 336-725-7541 ext. 114

Allie Garrett:

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
102 W Third St. Suite 1110.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll-free. 1.800.443.8319
Phone. 336.725.7541
Fax. 336.725.6069

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina