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2821 Charter School Sector 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: 
Self-Help has supported high-quality public charter schools since 1998 through loans for facilities. As a CDFI, we specifically target schools that serve low-income communities, people of color, and other student groups that are not well-served by local school districts.

The Charter School Sector Intern will gain real-world experience in the community development finance industry while supporting the charter school sector on Self-Help’s Commercial Lending Team through various projects. Over the course of the ten weeks, the Charter School Sector Intern will gain experience in charter school facilities finance, marketing/ communications, and education policy. There may also be opportunities for travel within North Carolina.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Analyze the national charter school financing landscape to help the team understand competitive products in Self-Help’s target markets.
  • Research charter school policy updates in Self-Help’s target markets and help the Sector Leader develop a strategy for outreach in new markets.
  • Support the initial review of charter school loan requests.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-initiative and responsiveness to feedback

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with market or policy research
  • Experience with accounting and finance
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated interest in primary and secondary education

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.