UNC System 2018-19 Presidential Scholars from left to right: Dajer Fernandez, Ashley George, William Zahran, Colin Russell.
UNC System 2018-19 Presidential Scholars from left to right: Dajer Fernandez, Ashley George, William Zahran, Colin Russell.



The Presidential Scholars serve a one year appointment and provide a wide range of professional functions for UNC General Administration.  With access to high ranking university officials, Scholars have the opportunity to explore and understand the inner workings of an institution that has transformed North Carolina’s economy and is critical to our state’s future.  Largely self-directed, this position lends itself to December 2018 or May 2019 UNC system graduates who are motivated, intellectually curious, and not afraid to take risks.  The position will have regular interaction with senior leadership and members of the Board of Governors and will work to research, write, and implement policy.  While there are daily responsibilities, Presidential Scholars are frequently presented with unique opportunities and it is expected that they be willing to assume additional projects as they arise.

This is a temporary position and the only benefit you may be eligible for is a High Deductible Health Plan. 



  • Strong project management or organizational skills

  • Research, editing, and proofreading skills

  • Ability to work as a team where ongoing collaboration is a must

  • Ability to handle multiple projects

  • Relationship-building skills conducive to building working relationships with UNC General Administration staff, as well as 17 campuses and affiliated organizations

  • Ability to contribute individually and participate in cross-functional teams

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

  • Ability to perform clerical duties, such as answering the phone, filing, copying, handling calendars, scheduling appointments, etc.



Presidential Scholars must be a recipient of a December 2018 or May 2019 baccalaureate degree from a constituent institution within the University of North Carolina.  

Prefer:  Graduates with an interest in policy, higher education, finance, economic development, and the future of North Carolina.



To apply for this program, complete the online application no later than January 28, 2019. You will also need to upload your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and letter of recommendation when completing the online application. If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Kimberly Mitchell, at presinterns@northcarolina.edu. Interviews for the finalists will take place in February with an anticipated start date of July 2019.


Meet the 2018-2019 Presidential Scholars

2018 Presidential Scholar Ashley George

Ashley George

Graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Pre Law. Some of Ashley’s involvement on campus included being a Resident Assistant at University Apartments and Belk Hall. She also had the opportunity to serve as an Intern for Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening.


2018 Presidential Scholar Dajer Fernandez

Dajer Fernandez

Graduated from UNC Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Dajer was a Marian Drane Graham Scholar at the System Office and interned at Go Global NC during the summer of 2017. He also served as the Student Body President at his university from Fall of 2017 until he graduated.


2018 Presidential Scholar Colin Russell

Colin Russell

Graduated from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a Degree in Business Administration & Political Science. Colin was able to study abroad for a Summer in Vallendar Germany at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He also spent a Summer in Washington D.C. as a Federal Government Relations Intern at McGuireWoods Consulting.


2018 Presidential Scholar William Zahran

William Zahran

Graduated from East Carolina University with Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Business Administration. William worked as a Public Service Fellow and Educational Intern at the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. He was also Chair of the EC Scholar Roundtable Executive Board at his university.



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