New program helps students who lost summer internships, jobs because of pandemic

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FILE - The NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps initiative is an effort by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to match North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits who need additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts. (Photo: WLOS)

Many students have lost their summer jobs and internships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s a new state program that’s giving them some different opportunities.

The NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps initiative provides virtual public service internships. It’s an effort by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to match North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits who need additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts.

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The director of Western Carolina University’s Center for Career and Professional Development helped match students with employers. She said this is new ground for many businesses.

“A lot of it was the fact that some of these organizations never thought about hosting virtual interns, and this program allowed them to think about what are possible virtual projects that they could have students working from across the state,” Theresa Cruz Paul said.

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