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2810 Supplier Diversity / Procurement Intern - Durham, NC

The Organization:

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, and

Internship Program: 
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.

Internship Description: 
Serve as a resource for various teams throughout the organization who are implementing supplier diversity efforts. Participate in the design of processes and supporting tools that enhance our ability to identify, select and procure from businesses owned by people of color and women in our seven state region. The intern will assist with the review of current activities, provide recommendations for improvements and support the design and documentation of purchasing procedures. In addition, the intern will assist in data clean-up and systems integration. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in any outreach events and in meetings with potential vendors, community partners and internal and external stakeholders scheduled during their 10 week internship.

Essential Responsibilities: 
* Create procedure manual * Document processes * Design forms and tools to support processes * Data capture and analysis

Minimum Qualifications: 
* Exceptional communication and organization skills

Desired Qualifications: 
* Demonstrated problem solving skills

Physical Requirements: 
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.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to  with the internship title as the subject by February 25, 2019.

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.