East Carolina University rising junior and Concord, resident Nicholas Mork, is spending his summer as an intern as part of the university’s State Employees Credit Union Public Fellows Internship program.
The program places undergraduate students throughout eastern North Carolina as part of internship projects that address community-identified priorities. The program provides opportunities for students to develop leadership, analytical, problem solving, communication, and project management skills, as well as allowing them to network in professional settings.
Mork, a double major in biology and chemistry, is interning with the North Carolina Coastal Federation. As a summer coastal policy and restoration intern, he is working with the federation’s staff to apply research and analytical knowledge, as well as professional writing skills, to coastal management issues.
He is participating in several field experiences including planting a living shoreline, bagging oyster shells for coastal habitat oyster reef restoration, and building a rain garden to reduce polluted storm water runoff.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation, located in Newport, is a member-supported nonprofit focused on protecting and restoring the North Carolina coast by collaborating with and engaging people from all walks of life who are committed to preserving the coast for current and future generations.
“I have always had a passion for nature and especially marine life,” Mork said. “Using what I have learned so far at ECU, I believe that I could be helpful in conducting scientific research, working in the field of nature, and anything that involves scientific writing or the use of data.”
The SECU Public Fellows Internship program has provided more than 80 internships to 53 eastern North Carolina organizations. This year, 21 ECU undergraduates were selected to the program for 20 sites across 10 counties. Students will complete 330 internship hours as part of the program and receive a $4,500 stipend.
The program is available to ECU undergraduates who are North Carolina residents, maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher in their major field of study, and have completed at least 60 semester credit hours.