SECU Frequently Asked Questions 

How many hours will I work per week?

30 – 40 hours. You may NOT work more than 40 hours in one week.

How do I enter my timesheet?

You will be required to submit by-weekly timesheet to kellyas@uncw.edu every other Friday signed by both the student & on-site supervisor. You will also submit a monthly electronic timesheet at the end of the month through UNCW SeaNet.  You will receive further instructions during orientation.

How often do I get paid?

The pay schedule will be posted closer to the internship start date. 

What happens to the first check?

If you have been previously paid by UNCW your check will deposited directly.

If you haven’t been paid by UNCW your first paycheck at UNCW is always a paper check. You will pick it up in the Cashier's Office (Warwick Center) on payday. Please bring a picture ID with you. All subsequent checks will be directly deposited into your bank account. This is a requirement of the university and no subsequent checks will be printed.

Can I receive Overtime?

Students will not receive holiday, sick, vacation, or paid time off (PTO).

Though Sites may observe and pay their employees for holidays, the student Interns will not be paid for time they did not work.

I have to wait until June 15 for my first check??

Yes, the university has a monthly pay schedule. We recommend saving money now to cover your expenses during May 15th to June 15th. When receiving monthly pay checks, it is very important to budget and manage your income so that you don’t overspend before the next pay check. You will be paid on the last working day prior to the weekend or holiday.

Who will be my supervisor?

Your direct supervisor will be a staff member at your site. They will give you day-to-day supervision, approve your timesheets, help you create your work plans, assess your performance, and mentor you. You will also be assigned an UNCW Career Counselor during this internship. Your Career Counselor will provide advice, encouragement, and guidance during the internship under the Certified Internship Program (CIP) 

Do I have to do the CIP (Certified Internship Program)?

Yes. Completing the assignments for the CIP is a REQUIREMENT of the internship. One of the reasons that UNCW was chosen to host the SECU Public Fellows Internship Program is because the SECU Foundation valued our CIP process and wanted students to complete those assignments so that you can have a more robust and meaningful internship experience. To review the requirements and assignments accompanying the Certified Internship Program (CIP) check out the website – www.uncw.edu/career/cip.html – and reach out to the CIP coordinators with any questions 

What kind of work will I do at my Site?

Each site will be different.

Some sites work with children while another may appraise homes. Students last year said they learned “how to meet and interact with policy makers in a professional manner,” and “how to be a professional, how to deal with others, and how to work as a team.” There will be a lot of personal professional development opportunities.

How will I get paired with a Site?

During the internship interview process, you will attend a “speed-networking” event that will allow you to meet each site supervisor and discuss potential projects with each site. At the end of the event, you will submit your top three choices. The site supervisors will also submit their top three choices. After that, the SECU Public Fellows Team will start to match students to sites.