If you are interested in a career in nonprofit management, fundraising and development, or health education, then the Poe Center is the place for you!

At the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Poe Center) the goal of our universal health education programming is to provide all North Carolinians with the fundamental information necessary to make positive health choices.

Our internship programs are designed to give Interns professional experience in:

  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Curriculum Design, Creation and Delivery
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Project or Program Management
  • Event Planning
  • Website and Social Media Marketing
  • Public Relations and Media Outreach
  • And much more!


Eligible Interns will have received or currently be in the process of completing an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution and have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in any of the following: public health, health education, exercise science, nutrition, behavioral psychology, nonprofit management and nonprofit development/fundraising.


The Poe Center offers an internship in the Summer, Spring and Fall semesters each year. Applications will be reviewed based on the following timelines.

Summer Internship:
Applications due March 1
Applicants notified early April
Internship runs May-August

Fall Internship:
Applications due June 1
Applicants notified early July
Internship runs August/September-December

Spring Internship:
Applications due October 15
Applicants notified early November
Internship runs January-May

The intern is expected to commit to a set number of hours per week. Hours may vary and may include evenings and weekends – depending on the specific internship. The term of the internship can be modified to satisfy university requirements.

Summary of Intern Responsibilities

The Intern will report to a member of the Poe Center’s full-time staff. Individual intern responsibilities will vary depending on their background. Examples of specific internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Become familiarized with all activities and general operations of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Poe Center) and provide support as necessary.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of the Poe Center’s health education programs, presentations and events.
  • Create articles or health education tools for possible publication on, in Poe in the Know bi-annual newsletters and/or other sources.
  • Create electronic communications, which may include e-blasts, website content, and social media updates.
  • Assist in the program planning and evaluation process through direct involvement in staff meetings, project planning committees and other discussions.
  • Assist with locating grant opportunities and drafting grant applications.
  • Participate in all scheduled Poe Center activities/events and satisfy other duties as assigned by full-time staff member.
Interns are expected to have basic skills necessary to complete these tasks, however, training will be provided on tasks that may not have been covered through coursework.


The Poe Center offers only unpaid internships.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (please include academic program requirements, hours needed, and internship period availability) and a current resume to Senior Director of Educational Programming, Dr. Thomas Ray, at

All required application materials must be received on or before the due dates mentioned above.

Following the application deadline, a program representative may contact you to review your materials/credentials and, if appropriate, arrange a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted to select the most qualified and suitable candidate(s) and will be performed in-person or by phone depending on the availability of the potential Intern. Selection will be made based on the candidate’s background and experiences, communication skills, professional interests and enthusiasm, and on the projected needs and scheduled activities of the organization/division during the defined internship period.

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