Summer IHHS Internship

Organization Description

Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) is an affiliated program of the Blue Cross of NC Institute for Health and Human Services within the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. We are dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to continue creating programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.

Internship Summary

Thank you for your interest in a 2023 Summer Internship with GOTR-HC.

We have reached our maximum number of submissions for summer positions and are no longer accepting applications for 2023. Please consider interning with us during the fall semester! Use this link for other volunteer and internship opportunities. 

The primary responsibility of the GOTR-HC intern is to serve as a Girls on the Run coach and to work with the Council Director and Program Coordinator to implement a successful summer program. Coaching with Camp GOTR is a rewarding way to get involved with the Girls on the Run program. As a coach, you will get to inspire girls to help them learn skills they will use now and as they grow. Camp GOTR Coaches will develop meaningful connections with a team of participants and co-coaches, help girls develop new skills, and create a positive, inclusive environment where all girls feel free to be themselves.

Other summer internship responsibilities include working on various aspects of marketing, fundraising and program development for Girls on the Run and Camp GOTR. Your experience will  provide a unique opportunity to execute knowledge based in child development, health promotion and health education, as well as gaining experience in non-profit management and organization.

Essential Job Functions

  • Deliver the Camp GOTR curriculum 
  • Plan and facilitate other camp activities outside of the Camp GOTR curriculum
  • Provide a positive, inclusive environment for all girls
  • Provide direct care and supervision of campers to ensure safety
  • Comply with the GOTR policies, including safety/risk management, access & inclusion, and youth protection policies
  • Report safety/risk incidents to camp site and GOTR using accident/incident forms
  • Assist with GOTR-HC public relations and social marketing
  • Assist with GOTR-HC program development including making preparations for the fall GOTR season and documenting summer camp activities

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare for daily lesson(s)
  • Lead participants through each lesson
  • Attend meetings and trainings as needed, providing occasional feedback to GOTR
  • Exhibit GOTR Core Values and serves as a role model for girls
  • Act as a positive representative for the program
  • Attend GOTR and HCTC planning meetings


The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Has worked directly with girls ages 8-11 from a range of backgrounds
  • Has volunteered in direct service organizations
  • Has awareness of the common and different needs among girls
  • A strong desire to promote the physical, social and emotional development of girls
  • Adapts quickly to a changing environment and can improvise when needed
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills; can adjust communication style to fit each situation
  • Recognizes signs of intra/inter-personal conflict and is comfortable guiding participants through healthy resolutions
  • Able to work in partnership with co-coaches
  • Successfully passes a background check
  • A desire to move with camp participants, spend time indoors and outdoors and remain high energy throughout each session
  • Can inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
  • Serve as a role model for Girls on the Run
  • Develop positive relationships with parents/guardians, host site personnel, and fellow GOTR coaches, volunteers and staff
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the Council Director
  • Passion for empowering girls to reach their limitless potential!

This internship requires the availability of a minimum of 160 hours and a maximum of 350 hours. Internship start and end dates are flexible depending on program requirements (All camps will take place in June and July and planning will start in May). Each intern successfully completing an evaluation at the end of the internship will received a stipend of $500.

For Information: Mary Sheryl Horine, Council Director, 828-262-7557,