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Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

Renaissance scholars must remember that being a college bound student is not only about academics. Colleges look for a well-rounded student and being a well-rounded student includes, but is not limited to, being involved in the community.

Take a look at some of the internships and volunteer opportunities that are available in the Durham area.

NIH Summer Internship Program
The Summer Internship Program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research select participants for this opportunity.

DukeEngage In Durham
DukeEngage in Durham offers immersive, structured and full-time summer service placements focused on introducing Duke students to social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues in Durham, NC through the work of local non-profit agencies.  Each participant is matched in advance of the program with one local agency from a choice of over 30, including community partners of the nationally recognized Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership.  DukeEngage staff members have thoroughly evaluated the volunteer work each student will perform. In addition to working directly with the staff of a local agency, participants join in a variety of orientations, trainings, readings, special presentations, historical and neighborhood tours, and weekly reflection sessions to deepen their knowledge of Durham and the ways local citizens engage their city.

Nutrition Research Institute: UNC-Chapel Hill
An unpaid student internship is available in the Cheatham Nutrition & Cognition Lab. Interns will work with researchers to educate and recruit study participants, assist with data management, and facilitate enrollment. Availability for occasional weekend and evening events preferred. Flexible scheduling. Comfort and experience with babies, children, and seniors preferred. Application, interview, and references required. Year-round positions are available for high school through graduate level interns. Interested candidates should contact Julie Stegall at 704-250-5018 or julie_stegall@unc.edu.           


Durham Regional Hospital
Each summer the hospital offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15-18 years of age. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to interact with health care professionals and learn in a medical environment. The summer program is eight weeks in length. Applicants must make a commitment of at least five weeks to be eligible.

Orange County Animal Services (Chapel Hill, NC)
Volunteer positions include kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers and more. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Volunteer training is scheduled every month.  All volunteers are required to attend training.  You must pre-register for training at orientation

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Durham is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds, repairs and sells decent, affordable and sustainable homes in partnership with people in need and communities that care.  Habitat welcomes young volunteers!  We recognize the importance of youth in our mission and are proud to work hand in hand with the world's future leaders to eliminate poverty housing. Volunteers of all ages can contribute to Habitat in many meaningful ways.

Kramden Institute (Durham, NC)
At Kramden, the focus is to help deserving students fulfill their academic and personal potential by awarding them home computers when they had none before. By working in tandem with our partners, from volunteers to educators to corporate sponsors, we help serve the needs of the community by refurbishing/recycling/reusing used computers and giving them a second life in a student's home.


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