Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations

SECU Frequently Asked Questions 

How many hours will I work per week?

SECU Public Fellows can work up to 30 hours. 

How do I enter my timesheet?

Additional information coming soon!

How often do I get paid?

Public Fellows are paid on the 15th of every month. Please see the chart below for more information:

Pay Cycle throughout SECU Program
Dates Worked Pay Date
May 1 - May 31 June 15
June 1 - June 30 July 15
July 1 - July 31 August 15

What happens to the first check?

If the student has been previously paid by UNCW their paycheck will be deposited directly into their bank account.

If the student has not been paid by UNCW before, their first paycheck will be a paper check. Students will pick up their check at the Cashier's Office window in the Warwick Center on payday. The Payroll Department will email each student receiving a paper paycheck with instructions on how to pick up their check. Please bring a picture ID & a mask. 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 overtime, 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.

Please note that 4th of July (Independence Day) is during the program. Students are encouraged to take that day off. Speak with your supervisor if you anticipate traveling for that holiday or during any other time of your internship.

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

Yes, the university has a monthly payment schedule. We recommend saving money now to cover your expenses from May 15th to June 15th. When receiving monthly paychecks, it is very important to budget and manage your income so that you don’t overspend before the next paycheck.

Students will be paid on the last working day prior to the weekend or holiday.

Who will be my supervisor?

Students will connect with QENO & Career Center staff.

QENO will assist students with increasing their nonprofit knowledge and skillset. The Career Center 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 with my organization?

Public Fellows, with the support of QENO staff, will assist Partner Organizations in developing or strengthening the following nonprofit best practices:

•Needs assessment
•Asset mapping
•Program evaluation
•Board recruitment plan
•New board members onboarding process
•External communications plan
•Issue research & establish an advocacy platform

How will I get paired with an organization?

The SECU Public Fellows Team will review applications and match students to organizations.

Any additional questions? Email Davonna Cohen, cohendm@uncw.edu