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UNCP’s Volunteer and Internship Fair attracts 200

October 6, 2006

Thirty-five participating agencies and over 200 students flocked to UNC Pembroke’s annual Volunteer and Internship Fair on September 21.

The fair seeks to link student volunteers and interns with interested agencies. Some of the opportunities may be very rewarding.

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UNCP student Tamia Morales, right, checks out opportunities at Jackson Hewitt with Joyce Kovolenko

Students working for Jackson Hewitt tax preparation company can earn as much as $15 per hour and learn while they earn.

“Our base pay is $7, but with commissions, our tax preparers can make $12-15 an hour,” said Joyce Kovolenko, a company representative. “We’re interested in talking with all students, but for business students, it’s a great learning experience.”

Virginia Deffendall, a marketing representative for Cape Fear Valley Health Systems blood donor programs, was looking for a foothold on UNCP’s busy campus.

“We’re looking for blood donors,” Deffendall said. “We’re also looking for a club or organizations to sponsor a campus blood drive.”

Trish Lewis representing Smart Start, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing Robeson’s children for school, was looking for students with a variety of talents.

“Early childhood education majors are welcome, but we’re looking for a few good people to do something they are interested in,” Lewis said. “We do a lot of things in our office including health and safety education with children, parents and teachers of pre-school children.
 
“We operate Shining Stars, which is a pre-kindergarten program for special needs children that is located next to the University,” Lewis said.

Among the students attending the Volunteer and Internship Fair was Asha Rice who was signing a petition at the Lumbee Indian Tribe’s table to ban cigarette smoking from the public schools.

“I don’t think kids should smoke, and I  think tobacco should be taken out of schools altogether,” Rice said.

Tania Morales was shopping for an internship to further her career ambitions.

“I was looking for internships at a hospice because I want to be a nurse,” Morales said.

Lori Bumgarner, assistant director of UNCP’s Career Center, coordinated the Volunteer and Internship Fair.

“We had a good day linking students to agencies,” Bumgarner said. “Students represent a large pool of talent for non-profits and for-profit companies alike.

“At this event, students can make contacts that can transform their careers and their lives,” she said.

For more information about UNCP’s Career Center, please call 910.521.6270 or email cs@uncp.edu. For more information about volunteering at UNCP, please call the Office of Student Life at 910.521.6207.