Special Olympics North Carolina is currently seeking interns to serve in various departments for the fall semester. The time commitment can vary from 20 to 40 hours a week, depending on the internship requirements. Please note that locations for internships vary. All intern positions are on a strictly volunteer basis. 

To learn more about SONC’s intern program or to express interest in a position, send a letter and resume to Michelle Bandklayder or mail to Special Olympics North Carolina, 2200 Gateway Centre Boulevard, Suite 201, Morrisville, NC 27560. No phone calls please.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs utilized by SONC
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows

Intern Work Schedule:

  • Suggested schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for three days a week anytime Monday through Friday, with added evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Schedule is flexible and can vary week to week as necessary

Reports To: Senior Vice President

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop content for SONC website
  • Analyze various sets of information to utilize in strategic planning
  • Update and revise various event materials
  • Research and secure various sports facilities across the state
  • Facilitate partnerships with organizations serving individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Assist with grant management reporting
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC


Reports To: Vice President of Communications

Key Accountabilities:

  • Public relations
  • Publications

As a communications intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Building relationships with the media
  • Writing, editing, proofing
  • Reporting/interviewing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Analytical thinking
  • Working with various computer software packages (Microsoft Word, InDesign, WordPress)
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management


  • Maintain photo files
  • Maintain statewide news clippings
  • Write press releases as assigned
  • Assemble press kits
  • Attend state-level events and interact with the media as assigned
  • Write articles for website and quarterly newsletters as assigned
  • Write athlete and volunteer profiles
  • Assist in implementation of national public education campaign as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP of Communications


  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good editing skills and knowledge of language, grammar, punctuation and style
  • Must submit at least three writing samples (preferably feature stories) with application materials

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours but at least 2 days a week in the office
  • Weekend hours may be necessary due to certain special events

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Reports To: Director of Development for NC Law Enforcement Torch Run; VP of Development

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with general office management (i.e. typing, filing, copying, faxing)
  • Management of online fundraising platforms
  • Communication with participants, vendors, and sponsors for upcoming sponsorship events
  • Assist with the driving outside participation in fundraising events (Over the Edge Raleigh, Plane Pull, Polar Plunges, etc.)
  • Assist with the research, planning, coordination and implementation of fund raising events
  • Assist in implementing the fund raising plan for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to fund raising for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Other duties as assigned

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Reports To: Logistics Manager; Volunteers & Families Director

Key Accountabilities:

  • Maintain equipment database for events
  • Make preliminary connections for meals, housing and transportation for events
  • Work with in-house volunteers to pull equipment for events
  • Assist with recruitment of volunteers for events
  • Manage volunteer contact and participation information
  • Manage in-house volunteer program, including but not limited to recruitment, assignment, supervision, motivation and recognition
  • Speak to volunteer groups on behalf of SONC
  • Attend games management team meetings and event staff meetings to assist with overall planning of state-level events
  • Work at various events, assisting with competition and logistics
  • Develop content for SONC website
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC


Reports To: Health Director

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one Healthy Athletes event
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to athlete health
  • Assist the Health Director in recruiting general volunteers, clinical staff, and clinical directors for the Healthy Athletes program
  • Work with development of various health programming including fitness and nutrition
  • Other duties as assigned

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Reports To: Youth Initiatives Director

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with data management about participating schools. Analyze data to ensure consistency and completeness.
  • Communication with participating schools to promote various aspects of Unified Champion Schools and new initiatives or opportunities.
  • Assist with school recruitment in targeted areas of the state.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one event or initiative.
  • Develop programming for athletes ages 2-7 through Young Athletes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Possible locations for internship(s):

  • Charlotte
  • Morrisville

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest and resume to Michelle Bandklayder. Be sure to include any school/class requirements for your internship in the letter.

Reports To: Vice President of Sports

Key Accountabilities:

  • Update/create all documents supporting the sport program for the upcoming year (August to August)
  • Develop content for SONC website
  • Interview athletes for spotlight pieces on the website
  • Work in several databases to manage the sport calendar and supporting logistics (equipment, volunteers, etc.)
  • Assist with preparations for the upcoming seasons
  • Assist at various events
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC