Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.
Position Summary and Responsibilities:
Position: 0418 Public Policy Intern
Location: Durham, NC
Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18
Desired Major(s): Public Policy, Policy & Administration, Public Management & Policy, Public Health, etc.
Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate
Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s). Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole. Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.
The public policy intern will join the policy team in their work on the Healthy and Equitable Food Systems Capital Initiative. The main goal of the initiative is to increase capital access for food enterprises, ranging from farmers, to food processors, distributors and hubs, and to grocers serving low-income families, through development of partnerships and policy. The intern will assist the team with research to build support for federal policy initiatives. Possible research topics include:
- Analysis of Farm Credit System structure and revenue
- Analysis of Farm Credit System grant program availability and trends
- Economic impact analysis of Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program
- Comparison of financing available with Farm Credit System and USDA’s Farm Service Agency
- Assist the Food System Policy Team with essential research
- Assist with ongoing outreach and network development
- Assist with coordination of regional stakeholder events
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree related to public policy
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Ability to work independently and on an inter-disciplinary team
- Familiarity with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI)
- Interest in rural or agricultural economic development
- Fundamental understanding of the implications of structural racism on accumulation of family wealth
- Experience with economic impact analysis
- Experience with conducting literature reviews
- Experience analyzing gray literature
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.
Graduate or Undergraduate
How to Apply:
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.
Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.