Back row, from left: Fredrick Davis, Matthew Dudek, Aaron Nousaine
Front row: Lindsay Moriarty, Kendra Jensen and Suzanne Julian

Carolina graduate students to help with revitalizing small N.C. communities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is helping to revitalize the economies of small communities across the state through its internship program, the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps.

The program is sending six graduate students to work for 10 weeks with six communities across the state as a way to give graduate students considerable on-the-job experience while helping municipalities with community and economic development planning.

Started in 2009 as the Carolina Economic Recovery Corps to respond to communities that needed help applying for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, the university-wide program was created by the Office of Economic and Business Development and is administered by the School of Government. Funding comes from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, the Graduate School and the N.C. Rural Center.

The interns come from the departments of city and regional planning in the College of Arts and Sciences, public administration in the School of Government and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. They trained at the School of Government before taking a full-time position at a regional organization located in North Carolina. When they return to UNC for the fall semester, the interns will spend 12 hours per week working remotely during the school year. Interns receive a paid stipend, tuition support and graduate student health insurance.

Interns this year have been assigned to work with the Northeast Commission in Edenton, the Cape Fear Council of Governments in Wilmington, the Lumber River Council of Governments in Pembroke, the Land-of-Sky Council of Governments in Asheville, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments in Henderson and the Bayboro Small Towns Economic Prosperity Committee in Bayboro.


Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps Interns and their respective degree programs

Place of residence

Fredrick Davis,

North Carolina’s Northeast Commission, Edenton

Matthew Dudek, city and regional planning (College of Arts and Sciences)/
public administration (School of Government)

Cape Fear Council of Governments, Wilmington

Kendra Jensen, public administration (School of Government)

Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, Henderson

Suzanne Julian, public administration
(School of Government)

Bayboro STEP Committee, Bayboro

Lindsey Moriarty, Gillings School of Global Public Health/
city and regional planning(College of Arts and Sciences)

Lumber River Council of Governments, Pembroke

Aaron Nousaine, city and regional planning(College of Arts and Sciences)

Land-of-Sky Council of Governments, Asheville


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