Summer 2010 Internship Opportunity in Local Microfinance!

Hear more about it! Come to the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30pm in Room

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a local microfinance initiative based in Chapel Hill, NC that offers small loans, savings opportunities, financial education, and assertive support to individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The opportunities for employment, self-employment, and greater housing that CEF advances motivate participants to build personal assets, gain higher income, and engage in a healthy community.

CEF is currently seeking individuals interested in being a part of the program’s pilot launch of a micro-loan program in Durham during the summer of 2010.

For interested students, we are willing to facilitate part-time, unpaid internships, with weekly commitments between 4 and 20 hours.

Student interns will have the opportunity to:

  • —Deepen knowledge of public policy, economics, business, sociology, social work, and community development
  • —Research the applicability of microfinance to the specific needs of the Durham community
  • —Build mentoring relationships with program participants
  • —Learn alongside community partners and program participants, on topics ranging from criminal justice to affordable housing to asset inequality
  • —Develop skills in nonprofit management
  • —Gain first-hand experience in banking, lending, and savings management
  • —Extend opportunities to individuals traditionally marginalized from financial services

Internship responsibilities will include:

  • —Attending a training session, during which CEF staff will train you sufficiently to equip you with the skills you will need to fulfill the internship responsibilities
  • —Facilitating CEF Small Business Trainings in area shelters and low-income housing
  • —Working one-on-one with CEF borrowers and savers
  • —Building partnerships with community agencies and supportive services
  • —Assisting borrowers and savers in budgeting, resume-building, job-searching, goal-setting, and accessing services
  • —Consulting with participants in CEF business trainings to provide follow-up support

For more information, with questions, or to apply, join CEF staff at the DMLI meeting on Wed. April 14th at 7:30pm in Room

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CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233