Peacemakers of Rocky Mount (Peacemakers) is a non-profit community development organization serving the under-resourced community of South Rocky Mount and surrounding areas in Rocky Mount, NC.  Our mission is to empower community residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to live successful and sustainable lives.  In coordinating community outreach, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of collaboration, working with other community-based and faith-based organizations to further the impact of our services.

Peacemakers offers a variety of internship opportunities for college students who are seeking either a structured internship for college credit or simply want real-world volunteer experience in a non-profit environment.  Internship can be individually tailored to accommodate the schedule and learning goals of the student.

Some of the areas in which we can offered structured internships include:

K-12 Education  Peacemakers operates a number of educational programs for K-12 students who live in under-resourced households. Interns will be able to gain real-world experience working with students in both classroom and one-on-one tutoring settings.  They will also learn best practices for engaging students who are struggling academically.

Education Research  Research interns assist with research related to educational best practices for low-income environments, curriculum and supplemental material sources and selection, and behavioral challenges of children who have experienced trauma. 

Grant Writing  Grant writing interns will gain experience searching for potential funders for projects and writing effective grant proposals.  They will learn principles for writing great proposals and will receive feedback on their work.

Clerical Skills  Community college students seeking office experience benefit from clerical skills internships.  In these internships, students learn about effective systems for non-profit management, have an opportunity to receive coaching in professional communication skills, and gain hands-on clerical experience. 

Food Services  Culinary Arts students can receive experience with food preparation and service for large groups through one of these internships.  Students will learn preparation and cooking techniques, meal planning and scheduling, food purchasing, and food safety.

Landscaping  Students seeking experience in landscaping can serve as landscaping interns.  In this position, students will work with our head landscaper on various landscaping projects, learning about the needs of a wide variety of plants, how to adapt plans to different environments, fertilizers and insecticides, and general best practices.

Janitorial/Maintenance  Community college students seeking janitorial and maintenance experience will benefit from this internship.  They will gain hands-on experience, learn proper cleaning techniques as well as the safe use of cleaning chemicals, and learn to use cleaning equipment and other tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

The length of the internship and the number of hours worked per week can be
customized to meet the needs of the individual student.  However, students must commit to a minimum of 60 hours of service.

College students seeking internships should complete the Application for Internship and meet the following requirements:

 

  • Must have completed at least one full semester of college coursework (12 hours or more) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Must submit to a criminal background check and possess a clean criminal background (other than minor traffic offenses).
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to participate in the internship for a minimum of 60 hours.
  • Must be able to function well in a team environment.

 

No.  Our internship program requires on-site supervision to receive credit for hours worked.

Interns who work in an office or educational capacity are required to dress “business casual”.  Janitorial/maintenance, landscaping and food service interns have a more relaxed dress code in keeping with their job duties.

Direct supervisors will be assigned based on the area of service.  All supervisors are knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields.

We will design the internship to meet the schedule needs of the student.  Once a work schedule has been set, interns are expected to be on-site during those hours, unless the direct supervisor has been contacted in advance.

Pictures can be taken, however pictures that show identifiable faces of children we serve are not allowed.  Students will be allowed to forward documents created at Peacemakers to their college faculty as long as all confidential information (names, tax identification numbers, budget figures, etc.) has been redacted.

College faculty and students interested in the Peacemakers Internship Program can contact Executive Director Jesse Lewis at jesse@rockymountpeacemakers.org for more information.