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NC State College of Education Establishes Summer Internship Program in Memory of Chantal Warfield ’19

Chantal Warfield
Chantal Warfield

Editor’s Note: This release was updated Feb. 11, 2020, to reflect a change in the name of the program.

The NC State College of Education has established the College of Eduation Summer Internship Program — a competitive eight-week summer internship program — to honor Chantal Warfield, a May 2019 graduate of the college who died in October 2019 as a result of a car accident.

Chantal Warfield
Chantal Warfield

In its first year, the program will provide financial support to two undergraduate students within the NC State College of Education who serve as interns at organizations in high needs communities that support education, such as schools, community centers or educational nonprofits.

Interns will be paid $20 per hour throughout their completion of the eight-week summer internship. The College of Education Summer Internship Program is supported by gifts in memory of Warfield to the College of Education Excellence Fund.

The first two interns will begin their internships in Summer 2020. Students must apply for the program by March 2.

“Because of Chantal’s commitment to address the inequities that disproportionately impact low-income, first generation and underrepresented student populations, this program will place students in rural and high needs communities to continue honoring her commitment,” said Anona Smith Williams, the NC State College of Education’s associate dean for student success and strategic community engagement.

Warfield loved reading from an early age and planned to be a school librarian. She was deeply engaged in the college and NC State campus. She is the only student ever to live in SAY Village — a living and learning village that connects NC States with underserved K-12 students for after-school mentoring — for all four years of her undergraduate experience. She is also one of only two students who lived in SAY who mentored K-12 students across all levels, from elementary to middle to high school.

In addition, Warfield was an active member of the Education Council, a leadership development student group; was former president of the Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN), which promotes unity among diverse groups of students in the college; completed Passport to Success, an academic enrichment and student engagement program; and was a College of Education Ambassador, a group of highly motivated, informed, energetic and diverse student leaders.

She was also the recipient of the Library Leaders Scholarship, Bryan Knox Memorial Scholarship, College of Education Dean’s Leadership Scholarship, and College of Education Study Abroad Award.

After graduating in May 2019, Warfield became a college advisor at Pender High School in Burgaw as part of the university’s College Advising Corps. After spending two years as a college advisor, she planned to earn her master’s in library science.