John M. Belk Impact Fellowship

Nurturing Social Impact Leaders

The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship honors the legacy of John M. Belk – a man who exemplified servant leadership and consistently sought out ways to lift up others.

In 2020 the John M. Belk Endowment and The Hunt Institute came together to develop The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship. Designed with the goal of building future leaders in the area of social impact, the Fellowship places college students in 10-month long internships with organizations focused on providing equitable access to quality education.

Apply Now to be a 2023-2024 Impact Fellow!

Learn more specifics about the program here. To apply, prospective Impact Fellows need to complete this Application Form, as well as provide:

  • Current resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and any special skills.
  • Answers to the three short answer questions included in the application form.
  • Unofficial transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from one former employer and one former professor.


  • Preference will be given to students enrolled full time as a second year at communitycollege, a junior or senior at four-year postsecondary institution, or a master’s student graduating in 2022 or 2023.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 11 hours per week of Fellowship activities from August 23, 2021 – May 27, 2022.
  • 3.0+ GPA


The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship program:

  • Exposes current college students attending North Carolina colleges and universities to the inner workings of nonprofit organizations across the state.
  • Presents Impact Fellows with a diverse cohort of peers interested in advancing educational equity for all North Carolinians.
  • Affords participants the opportunity to engage with thought leaders in the social impact space via a regularly scheduled speaker series.
  • Promotes pathways and establishes networks for future opportunities in the sector.


The primary focus of the John M. Belk Impact Fellowship is to create a disruptive force for social justice, providing hands on experience in the social impact space to current college students to support the development of the next generation of leaders.

Impact Fellows are engaged in a wide array of learning experiences, including:

  • Ownership of far reaching and high impact projects at a diverse array of nonprofit host organizations.
  • Hands on skill building in functional areas in the nonprofit space including philanthropy, program management, finance and operations, communications and marketing, and research and evaluation.
  • Mentoring and coaching provided by The Hunt Institute.
  • Professional development via workshops and speakers.

2020-2021 Host Organizations



November 15, 2021 – Application Opens 

January 28, 2022 (at 5:00pm): Early Application Deadline 

February 1 – March 16, 2022: Early Candidate Interviews & Acceptance NotificationApplications received after January 28, 2022, will be considered on a rolling basis. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, March 21, 2022. 

March – April, 2022: Interviews 

May 16, 2022: Acceptance Notification 

Week of August 22, 2022: Orientation & Start Date 




How many Fellows will be accepted?

For the 2021-2022 cohort, we expect to select 12-15 Impact Fellows.

How many hours will I be expected to complete each week at my host site placement?

  • Students should be able to commit at least 11 hours a week.
  • Additional hours can be worked above that minimum, up to but not to exceed 15 hours per week.

What exactly will I be doing? What will my time at my placement look like?

Impact Fellows work on a variety of projects, from policy briefs and research, to social media efforts and quantitative analysis. We match Impact Fellows based on the needs of the host organizations and the skills and interests of the prospective Fellow. No two experiences are alike.

Is this a paid internship?

Yes. Impact Fellows are paid $15/hour.

Where will I be placed?

Placements are determined after reviewing the needs of our host organizations and the professional aspirations of prospective Fellows.

What is the relationship between The Hunt Institute and the John M. Belk Endowment?

The Hunt Institute is a grantee of the John M. Belk Endowment and serves as administrator for this Fellowship.

I have a question that is not addressed here, who can I contact?

For any questions related to the Impact Fellowship, please contact Senegal Mabry, Senior Policy Analyst, at


John M. Belk Impact Fellows