Cross-Sector Internships – Kenan Scholars

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Cross-Sector Internships

Kenan Scholars is committed to developing future business leaders equipped to address economic and societal challenges present in today’s interconnected world. To accomplish this, the program provides scholars with real-world experience working at the intersection of the public and private sectors through hands-on internships that put their business skills and knowledge to work for the public good.

In the fall semester following the summer cross-sector internship, scholars feature their work in the program’s annual Cross-Sector Internship Showcase. The showcase is an opportunity for scholars to reflect on their internship experience and provides friends and supporters of the Kenan Scholars Program the opportunity to see the impact Kenan Scholars are making across the globe.

2022 Showcase

KENAN FOUNDATION ASIA: A non-profit established in to inspire students, develop skilled people, and grow strong leaders in Thailand and the surrounding area.

NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

In the spring semester, I interned with the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability and primarily worked in two areas: facilitating the LIFT challenge and researching the cycle of food waste.

The Organization: Because Baseball is a Cairo-based NGO bringing baseball back to the Middle East and building bridges of friendship along the way.


Small but Mighty

This summer I worked with the Lyons Community Foundation in Lyons, Colorado to create a summer internship. In a town of 2,500 people, I was able to see how the foundation's summer concert series, fundraising efforts, and community projects directly impact the community. My two big projects were organizing the Summer Concert Series and working on the foundation's 2nd Annual Hootenanny, a community fundraising event.

+10,000 teachers take part in the Varkey Foundation's efforts towards teacher development. This is done by programming, legislation, and awareness.

Kenan Foundation Asia believes in a world where everyone has the right to build a better world for themselves, their family, and their community

My project specifically dealt with food insecurity in education systems at all-levels.

Charlotte Community Health Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Charlotte, NC. organizations improve access to health care to underserved communities.

This Fall, I have been working as a an intern for the UNC Health Foundation and the Lineberger Cancer Center. While my experience is just getting started, I have already seen the wonderful benefits that UNC Health and its subsidiaries are able to provide to the Chapel Hill community. In this role, I hope to continue to provide real value to these wonderful organizations.

The National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF) promotes the long-term preservation of quality housing by providing financing to entities engaged in developing and maintaining quality affordable housing.

This summer, I worked on various campaigns within EarthDay Network, writing informational articles for site visitors, creating content for social media channels, and gaining insight into the workings of a non-profit organization.

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non- profit that invests in women who are taking on the world's greatest challenges. This summer, my work focused on amplifying women leaders as they tackle climate change, human rights issues, political disempowerment and economic inequities.

We are venture catalysts, accelerating impact through long term investments to expand skills, connections, capacity, and visibility.


State of Affairs

Mission: Leading America's foreign policy to advance the interests and security of the American people.

Higher education has become expensive and complex. Emerging from the pandemic, many small colleges face declining enrollment and financial peril. Simplicity could be a key strategy for sustainable strategic positioning in the increasingly consolidated and competitive landscape of higher education.

Over the summer, I worked with JDRF’s Marketing & Communications team to expand the corporate development marketing portfolio, research social media metrics, write promotional sample copies, and develop ideas for National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Sabin's mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe.

Recreate is an Irish social enterprise that makes art materials and educational supplies affo rdable and accessible to every sector of the community for all kinds of creative purposes.

Blended finance, which involves the interaction of the public and private funding, is key in developing in sustainable affordable housing.

Metro-INET is responsible for installation, maintenance, and procurement of computer network and telecom systems used by all of Roseville city's departments.

As Ireland's largest nonprofit Concern focuses our efforts on the following 7 programme areas working in 25 countries worldwide where our services are needed most - from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East to Ukraine. On my team we work with corporate partners and other major donors to ensure successful sustainable development in these communities.