Nonprofit Internship Community Experience (NICE)

Nonprofit Internship Community Experience (NICE)

Overview

CBU students will be selected to intern at various area nonprofit organizations during the summer months. Internships will be funded by the endowment and offered at no cost to the nonprofit. The endowment will also provide funding for student interns to live on campus during the summer if they so choose. In addition to offering resources to nonprofits, the program will provide students with invaluable firsthand experience while connecting them more deeply to the Memphis community.

CBU students are budding professionals who seek real-world experience. Many are interested in offering their time and talents in service to the community. Meanwhile, area nonprofit organizations often operate with limited staffs and budgets. Nonprofits routinely need help, particularly additional human capital, but cannot afford to hire more staff members. Many offer internships, but they are often unpaid—which is not an option for students who need to spend the summer earning money for the following academic year.

Program Details

The Nonprofit Internship Community Experience (NICE) will provide funding to place CBU students in summer internships at nonprofit organizations throughout the area. An endowment managed by CBU will provide funding to pay students an hourly stipend for their work.

The NICE process will begin with a formal application and interview process. 20 NICE Associates will be selected to participate in the program each year. Students will rank their preferred placement sites from a list of pre-approved organizations. Applications will be available beginning in January, and interviews will occur in early March.

Once selected, students will work at the nonprofit organization for 20 hours per week at a rate of $10 per hour. The program will last eight weeks, roughly through June and July. While meals and transportation will not be provided, the associates should be able to cover these costs by using their bi-weekly income. NICE Associates will also participate in programming, which will allow them to reflect on their summer experience, as well as connect them to the Memphis community.  There will be six required programs that the NICE Associates must attend throughout the summer: one orientation, four reflection/community sessions; and one closing session. 

Goals and Outcomes

NICE aims to:

  1. provide CBU students with real-world experience in a nonprofit setting,
  2. provide area nonprofits with additional human capital that will aid in the pursuit of their mission
  3. introduce students to Memphis’s nonprofit sector, further endearing them to the city and its people.
How To Apply

Submit your application, resume and cover letter through your CareerLinX accountSearch "NICE".  (Position #7665)
Deadline to apply is February 28th.