As part of the School and Community Engagement program component, each NELA Fellow participates in an internship with a community organization during the summer between the first and second year. A partnership between NCSU NELA, NC State’s 4H and the Rural School and Community Trust designs and delivers the NELA summer community internship. The Fellows work with organizations which have a significant, positive impact on children in northeastern North Carolina. Through their summer community internship experience, Fellows learn about the vision, mission, and daily operations of the organization; better understand how community organizations can work in conjunction with schools and other institutions to meet critical needs; and gain a deeper appreciation for the assets in the community that can be leveraged to support students. In addition, Fellows work with other leaders in organizations to design a plan for a community-based, school-affiliatedScreen Shot 2016-03-28 at 1.14.38 PM initiative that addresses local needs, and develop a viable grant proposal to support this initiative. No financial commitment from the organization is required. A number of grants have been funded from this work. In Part IV (Program Effectiveness) there is a detailed list of the grants that have been awarded. The most recently announced award was for over $300,000 for a STEM focus program at a middle school. The outcome of having funded grants is exciting as they benefit the communities and the schools and they demonstrate to NELA Fellows the power of community partnerships.

View a video to learn about one of our Fellow’s Community Internship!

Cohort IV Summer Community Internships

Fellow Community Internship
Sylvia Anthony-McGeachy Nash/Rocky Mount Public Schools Migrant Education Program
Lyndsay Britt NC State University and NC A&T State University Cooperation Extension – Hertford County
Donnell Cannon Peacemaker’s Family Center’s Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools
Crystal Davis Boys and Girls Club of NC – Franklin County
Letitia Fields New Beginnings Christian Daycare and Summer Camp at South Henderson Pentecostal Church
LaAlice Hopkins Boys and Girls Club of Nash and Edgecombe Counties – Nashville Unit
Cliff Hudson Martin County NC Cooperative Extension Office
Ashley Johnson NC Cooperative Extension Vance County
Caroline Joyce Princeville Museum: Digital Oral Histories of Seniors
Caroline Linker Franklinton Center at Bricks
Jenny O’Meara NC Cooperative Extension and Working Landscapes – Warren County
Keith Parker Trinity Baptist Church Summer Food Bank & Tarboro Chamber of Commerce
Vanessa Peak The Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce
Julie Simpson The Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties – Edgecombe County Unit
Billy Strother Tarboro Parks and Recreation
Julie Thompson Angel’s Closet