Source: WXII

At a press conference, Governor Cooper announced that he is launching the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps. The program is part of a number of new initiatives to help North Carolinians while the coronavirus persists, according to WXII.

The Student Response Corps will allow college students to gain work experience. Many lost internships and jobs for the summer when coronavirus hit, so this helps keep students employed and engaged. The program matches students with local governments and nonprofits that need assistance, WXII reports.

“COVID-19 is testing local governments and nonprofits as they work to meet the needs of people in their communities,” Cooper said. “Through these public service internships, students gain valuable on-the-job experience and local governments and nonprofits gain extra help when they need it most.”

Dozens of students have already been placed in opportunities, including Sierra Watson, a master of public administration student at App State.

“The pandemic has turned the world on its ear, and one of the areas of life affected was my summer internships,” said Watson. “My internship with the Town of North Wilkesboro has provided me an opportunity to have a unique remote experience in a time where adaptability is especially important. I’m helping the town research, promote, and offer grants to local business owners in hopes of keeping our community and our relationships strong during the pandemic.”

Read the full story on the Student Response Corps from WXII.