Downtown Chapel Hill

Volunteers & Interns

Volunteers & Interns


Volunteer & Internship Opportunities: 

Our volunteers represent downtown property and business owners, downtown employees, the Town of Chapel Hill staff and elected officials, University staff and students, downtown residents, and the community-at-large. We are also a court-ordered community service site for both teens and adults; and a service-learning site for high school students. All volunteers willing to give their time to downtown are welcome.

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year with opportunities during the week (day & night) and on the weekends. Contact Meg McGurk at or 919-967-9440.

Clean & Green

  • Clean & Green volunteers clean up public and private property throughout downtown.
  • Duties may include picking up litter, cleaning graffiti, and cleaning public property such as trash receptacles, bus shelters, benches, and street poles. Volunteers have the flexibility to work whenever their schedule allows. We give you the supplies and directions - you hit the streets!
  • Great opportunity for groups of volunteers!

Special Events

  • Assist the CHDP during special events throughout the year.
  • Duties include flyering, crowd control, ticket-taking, planning, coordinating with event participants, and other logistical work. 


  • We need pictures of downtown during special events, UNC football games, street fairs, concerts, and parades. 
  • Photographers are also needed to just spend the day or night downtown and take pictures of life on Franklin Street.


The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership accepts interns that are interested in working on projects that will help revitalize the downtown district.  Projects may be catered to a variety of interests including but not limited to:  economic development, marketing & communications, parking, architectural design, historic preservation, journalism, special events coordination and governmental affairs. We are open to working with anyone that has an interest and desire to make downtown a better place.  

Current Listings (9/12/17)- 

Graphic Design Intern: The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership seeks a creative, motivated student interested in writing and graphic design. The intern will create a New Business Welcome Kit for all new businesses that locate in the downtown business district. The Kit will provide all necessary information for businesses to be successful – to include information about our agency, what services we provide, additional resources from Town/County, and more. The Kit is intended to be a digital document that we’ll provide to businesses. This is an the New Business Welcome Kit from Mesa, AZ; an example of what we are looking for. Interns must be proficient in writing and graphic design, able to work independently, and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Submit a resume and work sample highlighting design experience. Internship hours are flexible; intern must be very self-motivated and self-directed. Internship starts October 1, 2017. Delivery of materials by January 1, 2018. Stipend: $200.  

Dream Up Downtown Tours Intern: Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership (CHDP) seeks a motivated student to research, create and assist with implementation of two, unique, public walking tours of downtown Chapel Hill business district. These walks will be part of a series CHDP has produced since 2012 called Dream Up Downtown; all based on principles of urban activist Jane Jacobs. (See for the 2016 walks). Intern will plan, design, and coordinate the walks with assistance from CHDP staff. The walks will be held in the spring. Intern must be comfortable with public speaking, knowledgeable of urban planning concepts and placemaking initiatives. This is a great opportunity to be creative, while engaging downtown businesses and residents in a feel-good event. Internship hours are flexible; intern must be very self-motivated and self-directed. Internship starts October 15, 2017. Delivery of materials by February 1, 2018. Stipend: $200

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Meg McGurk at
Use the subject line: Internship - Graphic Design (or) Dream Up Downtown

For the Graphic Design internship, please also submit a graphic design work example. 

If you have questions please email or call Meg at or 919-967-9440.