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Shaw Students Receive Downtown Raleigh Internship

White and JamesFebruary 14, 2014 - Margaret White and Lamar James have been selected to intern at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), a nonprofit organization in downtown Raleigh. White is a junior majoring in psychology and James is a senior majoring in political science.

Interns at PEFNC are given substantive work; acquire policy expertise and knowledge of North Carolina’s education policies, while building marketable skills. Interns are expected to engage in variety of activities including the following:

  • Collecting and analyzing data and tracking policy developments in education at the state and national level.
  • Writing brief articles that will be used weekly as op-eds and featured on PEFNC’s blog.
  • Present on school choice topics at grassroots meetings across the state.
  • Lend their voice to on-campus public discussions and debates.

"I am blessed to have a wonderful opportunity working in the educational school system," said White. "Personally, I believe in school choice and giving everyone the option to attend schools outside of their zip codes. This internship is very rewarding being that it is paid and pertains to my major of studying psychology."

PEFNC seek young leaders who have demonstrated a strong interest in education policy to participate in its internship program. The nonprofit is interested in building a pipeline for leaders in the education reform movement.

"Interning at PEFNC has been a great experience for me," said James. "I've been afforded a remarkable opportunity to gain practical experience within my major of political science. The most rewarding aspect of interning, has been advocating for school choice which allows children to receive a quality education despite their zip code or economic status."

White and James are the first Shaw students to be selected for the PEFNC internship. Previous interns have come from schools such as Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Campbell University, and William Peace University.