ELEVATE: Internships at ARC

ELEVATE is a paid internship opportunity where Appalachian students and recent graduates can elevate their careers, cultivate a deeper connection to the region, and innovate through meaningful projects that will impact their communities. Applications for summer 2024 will in open November 2023.

All current students and recent graduates attending a two- or four-year college or university in the Appalachian region are eligible to apply. 

In alignment with ARC’s mission to help Appalachia reach socioeconomic parity with the rest of the nation, this internship encourages underrepresented student populations to apply, such as:  

ELEVATE participants spend six weeks at the ARC office in Washington, D.C., supporting one of ARC’s 10 divisions, which participants select based on their interest areas and career goals.  

In addition to being compensated for their work on engaging projects, ELEVATE interns receive employer-sponsored housing at a D.C. university, commuting benefits, and have regular explorations through the city — including tours of the White House and U.S. Capitol.  

Meet ELEVATE’s Inaugural Cohort

In June 2023, ELEVATE launched with a cohort of three impressive young Appalachian leaders: Stillman College senior Ta’Kari Bryant, Alabama A&M University graduate Gabrielle Cash, and Miles College graduate Brianna Davis.

Not only did they all attend HBCUs in Appalachian Alabama, but each is also an active member of their Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated chapters.

Watch the video above to learn about their summer projects, what they learned, and how they plan to take these lessons back to their communities.

Through ELEVATE, ARC aims to cultivate relationships with young leaders from overlooked populations and locations, co-create an experience and contributes to their educational endeavors, and introduce them to potential opportunities and career paths in the Appalachian community and economic development space.   

If you have questions, please contact hr@arc.gov.