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In 1990, a group of UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students created the APPLES Service-Learning program, believing that service to the community could enhance their academic courses and expand the realm of learning far beyond the traditional classroom. APPLES is a program of the Carolina Center for Public Service, a pan-university center engaging and supporting the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. APPLES undergraduate student programs include alternative breaks, service-learning internships, fellowships, courses, and the Service-Learning Initiative.

APPLES works to provide a variety of transformative academic service-learning experiences for undergraduate students at Carolina. The graduate student will help support these programs through advertising, community partnerships, leadership development, program management, and evaluation. Please note, during the 2020-2021 academic year, APPLES alternative breaks and other programs were hosted virtually during the fall, winter, and spring. It is expected that alternative break offerings will return to their traditional, in-person formats for 2021-2022.


About the position

The graduate program assistant will work with up to 16 alternative break experiences through fall (AFB), winter (AWB), and spring (ASB) break programs as well as committees from other service-learning programs. The work will be a combination of advising, administration, and program support. The graduate assistant will have the following responsibilities:

  • Participate in fall and spring program leadership transition retreats
  • Advise AFB, AWB, and ASB co-chairs and co-leaders through the break planning and implementation process
  • Attend weekly-bi-weekly meetings for AFB, AWB, ASB leadership teams
  • Assist with leadership development training and workshops for APPLES student development
  • Oversee finances and logistical coordination of break program planning by student leaders
  • TA for weekly fall semester break leader course and attend weekly spring semester ASB lecture (and recitations as needed) offered through Gillings School of Public Health
  • Attend APPLES organizer fall and spring retreats
  • Further develop program assessment
  • Assist with community partner outreach for internships and courses
  • Provide supplemental support for other Carolina Center for Public Service programs as available

The position is expected to begin in August 2021 and end in April/May 2022. It is expected that the graduate program assistant will work 12-15 hours per week for a salary of $14,000.



Enrollment in a UNC graduate program and an interest in service-learning are required. Experience with nonprofit organizations, including familiarity with program evaluation, curriculum development and student leadership development is preferred. Excellent writing, computer, and organizational skills are required. The individual must enjoy working in a collaborative environment with undergraduate students, campus departments, and community organizations. Teaching experience or experience in advising and group facilitation is preferred.


To apply

Interested students should sent a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: “GA Application” by¬†April 14, 2021.

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