Shelton Challenge Summer Internship

The Shelton Leadership Center summer interns are a vital part of the Shelton Challenge programs. The interns will assist the SLC staff in providing positive, impactful learning experiences to Challenge students and staff. Interns work in conjunction with the full-time office staff to ensure the Challenge programs are planned, implemented, and carried out with a high level of quality. This paid internship will allow students to gain experience in a variety of leadership, event planning, and administrative skill development. Past Shelton Challenge experience is preferred, but not required.

About the Red Hat Shelton Challenge:  The Red Hat Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer experience for rising 9th-12th grade students. Shelton’s five principles of values-based leadership — honesty, integrity, diversity, social responsibility, and compassion — are the foundations of the program. The core curriculum focuses on a personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics, the role of values and ethics in leadership, leadership traits and approaches, team-building and empowering others, social responsibility, public speaking, and goal setting. Student participants have the opportunity to complete a service project, experience a high and low ropes course, coordinate events for their peers, learn from six inter-generational instructors from various professional fields, and build a network of leaders from around the country.

Dates of Internship: April 4, 2020 (summer staff training 9am to 5pm); May 11, 2020 – August 7, 2020

*If time-off is needed during any of these dates, please inform by time of interview*

Location: NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (with 1 hour lunch break) – Monday – Friday; Times may vary depending on number of site locations intern is working. 

Site Locations: On-site 24/7 during assigned weeks of the Challenge. Serve on-site at maximum of three weeks of Red Hat Shelton Challenges.

Salary: Interns will be compensated via a bi-weekly paycheck that will amount to $3,500-$4,000 total for the summer.  All wages will be taxed accordingly. Interns can expect to work between 20-30 hours per week depending on sessions assigned.

Internship Goals and Objectives:

  • To gain on-the-job experience in project management
  • To gain a greater understanding of administrative responsibilities associated with a week-long youth leadership program
  • To assist in deliverables associated with the planning, coordinating, and implementation of three week-long youth leadership programs
  • To gain a greater understanding of the importance of how communication, flexibility, organization, and being a team-player assists in the overall success of a program
  • To gain a greater understanding for the importance of knowing those you work with and with whom you serve, in order to most effectively meet objectives related to the program goals, as well as fostering a more meaningful experience for those who are involved with the program.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with administrative tasks including, but not limited to:
      • student/staff registration forms and materials
      • student/staff mailings
      • organization and management of the student/staff database
      • updates and revisions for student/staff curriculum
    • Attend weekly Shelton Challenge staff meetings prepared to provide updates on areas of responsibilities
  • Inventory, organize and pack necessary supplies for each Shelton Challenge week
  • Maintain organization of overall office in the Shelton Center
    • Assist with administrative responsibilities including answering phones, photocopying, emails, social media posts, and other responsibilities as needed
  • Attend week-long Shelton Challenge programs to support Program Director and volunteer staff
    • Serve as the on-site van driver for student/staff resources and medical needs

Supervision Structure:

The summer interns’ direct supervisor is the Assistant Director for Pre-College Programs. Indirect supervision will be from the Senior Associate Director and on-site Program Director. Interns will work collaboratively with any additional summer student/adult volunteer staff as well as the entire Shelton Leadership Center office staff. Together, the team works to manage the administrative, logistical, and programmatic needs of the Shelton Challenge programs.

Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

This position includes outdoor activities. Physical requirements include standing, walking, bending and lifting up to approximately 20lbs.

Application process:

Applicants will need to submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, January 10, 2020 for priority consideration. 

Materials can be submitted online through the NC State Career Center or directly to the Shelton Leadership Center at

Questions about the internship or application process can also be directed to