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The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) SECU Public Fellows Internship is a program hosted by Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) & the UNCW Career Center’s Certified Internship Program (CIP). The program supports the professional development of twenty undergraduate students and the organizational capacity building of twenty rural nonprofits. Click here for a full press release.

2022 SECU Public Fellows

Amelia Lindsey Amelia Lindsey-McNeese
Nonprofit Partner: Onslow Community Outreach, Inc.

Amelia has worked with organizations that respond to women who have experienced abuse, food insecurity, and other gaps in basic needs domestically and abroad. “The SECU internship appealed to me because I have worked with nonprofits since high school and believe they are an essential part of society. I feel most inspired, rewarded, and proud when I work with nonprofit organizations.” 

Ann Wallis Ann-Wallis Mancuso
Nonprofit Partner: Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation

Ann Wallis, an aspiring restaurant owner, has spent many summers working with a Surfing Foundation called Buddy Pelletier. “The SECU internship interested me because I wanted to branch out and continue my work with nonprofits. 

Dean Longo Dean Longo
Nonprofit Partner: Hope Abounds Cancer Network

Dean works closely with the American Red Cross, volunteering at multiple blood drives and disaster relief programs, as well as, regularly assisting at Canines for Service. The SECU Public Fellow Internship interests him because he looks to give back to his community while gaining a meaningful professional experience. He is an aspiring lawyer and plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2023.

Deborah Hernandez Deborah Hernandez-Morales
Nonprofit Partner: Samara's Village

Deborah has experience volunteering with nonprofits. I was interested in the SECU Public Fellow Internship program because of the experience and connections I will gain from working with a nonprofit…”. After graduation, she plans to gain practical legal experience by interning at a law firm before taking the LSAT.

Erick Mendiola Erick Mendiola
Nonprofit Partner: Black River Health - Manos Unidas

Erick has experience with volunteer work including the Red Cross with donation management, recycling centers, and the Awana church community. The SECU Internship Program interested him because it allowed him to gain authentic experience and help others. He’s looking toward the future and is most hopeful of becoming a more efficient and knowledgeable worker.

Haley Schweitzer Haley Schweitzer
Nonprofit Partner: Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary

Haley, a member of Lambda Pi Eta at UNCW, has completed over 500 volunteer hours for her community and gained her service-learning diploma in 2019. She has worked with several nonprofits in Guilford County such as Operation Bed Roll, Greensboro Urban Ministry, and the Greensboro Science Center as an Aquarium Docent. She is excited to work as a SECU Public Fellow this summer as she loves to work within her community to make a difference. She plans to incorporate her creative side in her career, as well as, continue her studies by gaining her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication.

Jordan Hernandez Jordan Hernandez
Nonprofit Partner: Going Beyond the Pink

Jordan, passionate about storytelling & social justice, has been involved in volunteer work and community outreach programs since the start of grade school. My nonprofit experience began with annual fundraising and volunteering for local Special Olympics events. She also has experience working with Young Scientist Academy, fund raising for Planned Parenthood and assisted with a holiday gifting program called Christmas Angels.

Maple Gregosian Maple Gergosian
Nonprofit Partner: Samara's Village

Maple has volunteered at multiple nonprofits over the past few years and has learned about nonprofits in her social work courses. The SECU Public Fellow Internship interested me because I wanted to get more involved in the community and dedicate my summer to making a positive impact on people living in the community. Maple plans to obtain her master’s in social work after graduating from UNCW.

Marie Lloyd Marie Lloyd
Nonprofit Partner: Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc.

Marie has connected with nonprofits in the past. Her work included: volunteering at homeless shelters, animal shelters, schools, beautification work (including creating a garden), food banks, and others. This internship interested me because I was looking for an opportunity to gain more professional and education experience in the world of nonprofits.

Olivia Baker Olivia Baker
Nonprofit Partner: New Hope Clinic

Olivia is interested in learning how individuals can make a difference, both on a local and international level through nonprofit organizations.I am eager to learn more about the inner workings of nonprofits this summer.”

Sarah Dudkiewicz Sarah Dudkiewicz
Nonprofit Partner: Partners in Community

After Sarah acquires her bachelors degree, she plans to attend graduate school and work toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant. I am excited about this internship to have the opportunity to work with nonprofits and make a positive impact in the community. 

Tara Essey Tara Essey
Nonprofit Partner: Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity

Tara has volunteered for Good Shepherd, Union County Christmas Bureau, and Habitat for Humanity. I am excited about the SECU Public Fellow Internship to help the local community! Tara plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Master of Accountancy and become a CPA.

Taylor McMullen Taylor McMullen
Nonprofit Partner: Onslow Community Outreach

Taylor has interned with the nonprofit, Turning the Wheel, as well as conducted a qualitative research methodology with five nonprofits within the Wilmington, NC area. I thought this internship may give me more insight into the nonprofit sector and show me if that is what I would like to be involved in after I graduate. She is considering a career in the nonprofit sector, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, State Bureau of Investigation, or a local police agency.