UN Youth Corps Paid Internship

Internship Options and Application



The United Nations RISE Youth Corps 

The RISE Center directs a local initiative to better prepare leaders of tomorrow in making smart and sustainable choices for the future. The UN Youth Corps Program is a high impact, transformative learning program centered on giving students real life skills and professional experiences surrounding issues on sustainable development. The effort supports a scientific/research-based perspective, while engaging a place for productive dialog and collaboration on sustainability, enabling a process for incubating student engagement and cultivation of professional talent, and encouraging participation and outreach related to sustainable development.

Students will work on a project or internship in the county as designated by county leaders, public and private, for a pre-specified amount of credits that fit within their curriculum. This is combined with a class led by CCU instructor(s) with special lectures from county leaders on sustainable development and coastal resilience.

In the spring, students work 15-20 hours per week and earn $15 per hour. In the summer, students work 37.5 hours per week  for 320 hours and earn $15 per hour. This program is generously funded by the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University.


  • 60 credits by the start of the internship

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA

  • No Code of Conduct infractions

  • SUMMER: Ability to register for a minimum of a three credit internship and work 37.5 hours per week, 320 hours total for almost 9 weeks.
  • Reliable personal transportation to the internship site in Georgetown County.


1) high impact learning

2) skills and knowledge development 

3) reflective learning

4) applied and integrated analysis


At the end of each semester, students will present their work/reflections/findings in a public forum. Given the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, that include economic development and innovation, natural resources (land, water, sea, energy), community (quality of life and sustainable communities/cities; collaboration), education, human rights and gender equality, public health, and poverty reduction, the UN Youth Corps internships and learning program will include diverse experiences from a broad array of public and private institutions within Georgetown County. 


SUMMER Internships are paid $4,800 from May through end of July/August. Students work 37.5 hours per week. Students will have to arrange a work schedule with employers prior to the start date. Students are required to register for 3 credits, but may receive up to 12 credits (depending on the hours you choose to work and advisor approval). The three-credit class on the United Nations sustainable development goals and their application to your internship in Georgetown is required. Personal transportation is required.

2024 RISE Student Internship Opportunities 

Additional Credit Information

Time and credit experiences will depend upon project and student curricular guidelines/requirements.  In the spring semester in addition to 3-9 internship credits of POLI or SUST 495/498, all interns are also required to register for POLI 491Q or SUST 310 as part of this experience, making this a 6-12 credit experience.  

Summer interns are required to register for POLI 491Q / SUST 495/ SUST 310 (cross listed) and will meet weekly with a CCU professor.  Summer interns are only required to register for 3 credits, but may register for up to 12 credits, if desired.

These courses will examine the UN Sustainable Development Goals in relation to the UN Youth Corps experience. Students will develop leadership and sustainability communication skills, as well as plan educational events in the community that relate their internship work and the county’s achievements in sustainable development.  The class will be taught in the Georgetown Campus Building, TBA. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

What are the qualifications to apply?
-Complete a minimum of 60 college credits
-Maintain a 3.0 GPA 

Do I have to have a specific major?
-No, this opportunity is for students in ALL majors! 

How much do I get paid?
-$15 an hour

What are the benefits of the RISE program?
-Internship experience 
-Professional development 
-Leadership development 
-Work experience 
-Develop new skills and knowledge in your career field and sustainability  
-Connect with community leaders 
-Volunteer opportunities 
-Research experience and presentation skills

Do I have to take the course?
-Yes, but this can also count toward your major, minor, and/or electives.

Can I use the class credits to fulfill another class requirement?
-Yes! Contingent on appropriate approvals this course can fulfill another requirement. Many times, students take more credits to fulfill their elective requirements and enjoy focusing a semester on their internship and career growth.

Where does this class meet and how often?
-The class meets after your internship once a week for 2 hours. 

What experiential learning opportunities will I get?
-Throughout your internship you will be hands-on and learn while you are working. Each internship has unique opportunities, but you will gain professional experience, leadership development, and new skills in your career field and sustainability through your experience. 

How can this help me for future employment?
-After completing your internship, you will be able to add your experience to your resume. You will also be meeting many professionals throughout our community and the partnerships may help connect you to career opportunities now and in the future. Sixty to seventy percent of our students are hired!

What if I don’t have transportation to my internship? 
-You are responsible for your own transportation. Several students car-pool or use other methods of transportation, but this is your responsibility.

Is there housing available in the summer?
-Yes, we connect students to Habitat for Humanity in the City of Georgetown. They offer students reduced price housing during the summer. Students work directly with Habitat for Humanity for this housing arrangement. 

What research experience will I gain?
-You are required to complete a research project that relates to your internship and applies to the sustainable development goals of each organization.  We work on this throughout the semester.  Research reports that receive an A grade, will be published on our Commons Digital Library and students can note that on their resumes and in professional portfolios.

What service-learning opportunities will I receive?
-The program requires you to complete one service-learning project with a minimum of 3hrs of community service. Throughout your internship, you may decide to participate in additional volunteer opportunities.

How does this program link to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Regional Centres?
-Coastal Carolina University is a Regional Centre on Education for Sustainable Development, connected to nearly 200 other centers around the world. This program has been awarded the Flagship United Nations Program for Education for Sustainable Development and links students and their career paths to building sustainable development in their local communities.