Equity Centered Leadership Project

Dan Broun Internship

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Project Overview

MDC offers a summer internship to honor the late Dan Broun, a staff member who championed place-based strategies to improve outcomes for low-income people in rural communities in the South.

Throughout his career, Dan also worked hard to provide college students with learning opportunities that would help them become leaders and professionals focused on equity and inclusion in workforce development with an emphasis on the rural South.

The goal of the internship, made possible by donations to MDC in Dan’s honor, is to provide two-year and four-year college students with the opportunity to contribute to MDC’s mission and agenda during a summer and to take away skills and insights that will shape the intern’s perspective on the unique challenges and opportunities facing the rural South. The emphasis of the intern’s experience will be on projects centered on workforce development and youth economic mobility.

Interns can expect to work with MDC program directors on a variety of projects, as well as assist in the development of new projects related to MDC’s mission. Dan Broun Interns can expect to leave their summer internship equipped with strong research and analytical skills; knowledge on how to frame complex issues to multiple audiences; and valuable entry-level project management experience.



MDC seeks highly motivated candidates going into their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies. The ideal candidate should be deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity and eager to support the mission of MDC—to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity.


Additional Qualifications

  • Eagerness to apply knowledge and lived experience to efforts for social and economic equity and mobility
  • Excellent communication, writing, and oral presentation skills



Dan Broun Interns are expected to maintain a full-time work schedule for at least eight weeks during the summer. Start and end dates can be negotiated upon selection.



Interns will receive $17 an hour and will work a 40-hour week. Parking fees will be paid by MDC.


Application Process

The Dan Broun Intern is selected by an MDC hiring team. References will be required of applicants who are invited to interview for the internship..The internship begins in early to mid-June.

If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Senior Program Director, Kelli Forrest.

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Kerri Forrest, Senior Program Director

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