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Seeking Summer Interns for Two Unique Projects

The Downtown Partnership has two summer projects that we are working on and are looking for interns to lead them! The internships are unpaid but offer the opportunity to be involved in two creative and unique aspects of economic development for downtown Chapel Hill.

(1)   Jane's Walk USA Project - This is an opportunity for a motivated and creative person to create and implement a Chapel Hill walking tour in the theme of Jane’s Walk USA. Jane’s Walk USA is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves – all based on the principles or urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs. You will work with CHDP board members and staff to come up with a topic/theme for the walk; but then would be self-guided to design, plan, and implement the walk. The internship will culminate with the event to be held at end of summer or beginning of fall. Visit for more information on this nation-wide initiative. Intern must be comfortable with public speaking and representing our agency in the public realm. Must be knowledgeable of the Chapel Hill community; especially downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. The internship is not office based, so you must be very motivated and self-directed. This is a great opportunity to be creative, while engaging downtown businesses and residents in a feel-good event. 


(2) The Downtown Partnership has received a Keep America Beautiful Grant  ( to address cigarette butt litter in the downtown business district. This is a follow up grant to one we successfully implemented in 2008. The project would begin immediately and would involve convening a committee of community members interested in the issues, conducting cigarette litter scans & clean-ups, researching committee recommendations/ best practices of other communities, and working with the business community to address their specific issues. The grant ends in mid-September but the bulk of work would be completed by end of August. This too is not an office-based project and requires someone motivated to complete work on their own time but with deadlines. Approximately 10 hours a week of work. This is a good opportunity to learn grant management skills as well.

If you  have questions, please contact  Meg McGurk, Assistant Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, at or 919-967-9440. Please send your resume and a cover letter if you would like to apply for either internship; and indicate which project you are interested in.