Summer Enrichment Program

Four Summers, Fully Funded

Instituted in 1974, the Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program has become the true centerpiece of the Morehead-Cain experience. This first-of-its-kind program consists of four diverse summers, strategically designed to help Morehead-Cain Scholars understand more about the world and how they can make a difference in it. These four experiences—Outdoor Leadership, Public Service, Inquiry and Exploration, and Private Enterprise—provide the framework for scholars to gain confidence, independence, and hands-on experience.

After last year’s innovation that allowed scholars to use their Private Enterprise summers to work on their own business ventures, this year the Foundation piloted a new program called Civic Collaboration. This new summer opportunity sends teams of scholars to research topics relevant to city government with private and public partners.

The Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program provides experiences that many students might not be able to arrange or afford on their own. With the full resources of the Morehead-Cain Foundation staff, Morehead-Cain Alumni, and friends of the Program behind them, scholars have practically limitless opportunities at their fingertips. They receive stipends each summer to cover expenses, and benefit from a legacy of alumni who are eager to help the next generation of scholars in their journeys.

With guidance from Morehead-Cain advisors, scholars tailor their summers to explore and expand their personal and professional interests—wherever in the world those interests may take them.

Outdoor Leadership

During the summer between their senior year in high school and their first year at Carolina, scholars independently select and participate in one of more than fifty courses offered by Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Designed to challenge—mentally, emotionally, physically—each three-week course provides an experience as invaluable as it is unforgettable.

The point? To test limits, then overcome them. To foster self-possession through self-reliance and self-reflection. To promote confidence, and the maturity necessary to buttress the demands of responsible leadership.

Public Service

After focusing inward with Outdoor Leadership, the second summer directs scholars’ attention outward to the needs surrounding them by giving them eight to ten weeks to work full-time in hands-on service to others.

The point? To promote an ideal held by John Motley Morehead III, Morehead-Cain’s visionary founder, who believed that it is the responsibility of those to whom much is given to give much in return.

Invariably, scholars return from their summer of service having received a great deal—chiefly, insight into the needs, wishes, and worldview of a culture different from their own; valuable skills in problem-solving, improvising, and team-building; and a practical understanding of the impact their actions, energy, and commitment can have on the lives of others.

Inquiry and Exploration

The third summer scatters scholars across the globe to dig into an area of personal interest—academic or professional. Scholars customize the summer by choosing either to conduct an independent, in-depth research project or to explore, hands-on, a business or organization through an internship. Lasting anywhere from five to twelve weeks, the Inquiry and Exploration summer cultivates and rewards intellectual depth and curiosity.

The point? Summer one focuses you inward. Summer two turns you outward. Summer three deepens your focus and encourages plumbing the depths of long-held or newly discovered interests.

Private Enterprise

The four summers culminate with scholars dipping their toes into post-collegiate waters. Choosing from a wide variety of companies, scholars try on professional life through an internship, gaining valuable firsthand experience and personal mentoring from top executives in their field.

The point? Whether or not scholars choose to pursue a career in private enterprise, firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of a corporation is essential for breadth of perspective.

2016 Summer Enrichment Program Placements

Outdoor Leadership

Absaroka Backpacking
Alaska Backpacking
Alaska Sea Kayaking
North Cascades Mountaineering
Pacific Northwest Backpacking
Wilderness EMT
Wind River Mountaineering
Wind River Wilderness
Yukon Backpacking
Yukon Backpacking and Wilderness Canoe

Boundary Waters Canoeing
Boundary Waters Canoeing and Backpacking
Canadian Border Canoeing
Colorado Rockies Mountaineering
Colorado Rockies Mountaineering and Rock Climbing
High Sierra Alpine Backpacking
High Sierra Alpine Backpacking and Rock Climbing
Lake Superior Sea Kayaking and Backpacking
Maine Appalachian Backpacking and Canoeing
Maine Sailing and Backpacking
North Cascades Alpine Backpacking
North Cascades Mountaineering
Oregon Rafting and Mountaineering
Washington Sea Kayaking and Alpine Backpacking
Washington Sea Kayaking and Mountaineering

Civic Collaboration Locations 2016

Chattanooga, TN*
Louisville, KY*

Public Service

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, Ifrane, Morocco
The Amy Biehl Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
Asha for Education, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Awamaki, Ollantaytambo, Peru
Breakthrough Collaborative, New Orleans, LA
Breakthrough Collaborative, San Francisco, CA
Cherokee Gives Back, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia*
Cultural Canvas Thailand, Art Relief International, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage, Hoedspruit, South Africa*
Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM/SRI), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Alajuelita, Costa Rica
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Bumwalukani, Uganda
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Limon, Nicaragua
Habitat for Humanity International, Bratislava, Slovakia*
Habitat for Humanity International, Cape Town, South Africa*
Iracambi, Rosario da Limeira, Brazil
Keep A Child Alive, Alive Medical Services, Kampala, Uganda
Kondwa Day Center for Orphans, Lusaka, Zambia
Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia Village, Belize
Pasture Valley Farm & Children’s Home, Nhlangano, Swaziland
PlanetRead, Puducherry, India
Reef Doctor, Ifaty, Madagascar
Search for Common Ground, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, Baliganapalli, India
Students For Students International, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Tanzania Heritage Project, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Ubuntu Football Academy, Cape Town, South Africa
UNC Project China, Guangzhou, China
UNC Project Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi
Warm Heart Worldwide, Phrao, Thailand

Nonprofit and Governmental Internships

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA*
Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland*
Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Washington, DC FHI 360, Durham, NC
Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta, GA*
Habitat for Humanity International, Da Nang, Vietnam*
National Institutes of Health: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD*
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York, NY*
New York State Division of Human Rights, New York, NY
Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
RadioWest at KUER, 90.1, NPR Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic, CO
Samskrita Bharati, Düsseldorf, Germany, and New Delhi, India
San Diego Neurosurgery, San Diego, CA*
Scott Warren Research Lab, Chapel Hill, NC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
UNC Student Government, Chapel Hill, NC
UNC Water Institute, Accra, Ghana
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia, MO
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Colorado Springs, CO
U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC*
Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Informatics, Nashville, TN
World Bank, Washington, DC*

Independent Research

A Creative and Comparative Literature Project: Milan Kundera, Prague and “Resistance Art”—Then and Now, Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic

Czech Artists in Paris: Foreign Participation in the Avant-Garde Machinery of the West, Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic

How Does the Accessibility of Support Resources at Primarily White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Affect the Mental Health of Black Women? Chapel Hill, NC; Columbia, SC; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis, IN; and Los Angeles, CA

Benefits of the Self-Referencing Effect Within Non-Profit Education Summer Enrichment Programs, Brooklyn, NY; Charleston, SC; Chapel Hill, NC; Chicago, IL; and Washington, DC*

Role of the Ecumenical European Church in the Refugee Crisis, Berlin, Germany; Calais, France; Geneva, Switzerland; Leipzig, Germany; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden; and Taizé, France*

Private Enterprise

Adi Partners, New York, NY
Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington, DC* LLC, Lehi, UT*
Atlas Obscura, Brooklyn, NY
Bacchus Brewing Company, Brisbane, Australia
Bain & Company, Atlanta, GA*
Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, TX*
Better Future Factory, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Dallas, TX*
Brown Advisory, Washington, DC*
Capital-E, Washington, DC*
Cleveland Indians, Cleveland, OH*
Coronal Group LLC, Charlottesville, VA
Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN
EuropaCorp USA and Ideate Media, Los Angeles, CA
Fast Company Studios, New York, NY
Gol Labs, New York, NY
Goldman Sachs, New York, NY
Green Top Farms, New York, NY*
Imprint, New York, NY*
Iwana, London, UK
JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY
LearnZillion, Washington, DC*
LinkedIn, Mountain View, CA
Lucky 8 Pictures, New York, NY*
Matter., New York, NY*
Matter., San Francisco, CA*
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Melbourne, Australia
McKinsey & Company, Atlanta, GA*
Microsoft, Seattle, WA
MindSights, Portland, OR
MLB Advanced Media, New York, NY*
The Motley Fool, Alexandria, VA*
Nelson/Nygaard, San Francisco, CA
Nu Image, Los Angeles, CA
Outside Magazine, Santa Fe, NM*
Pacify Health, LLC, Washington, DC*
Parchman, Vaughan & Company, LLC, Baltimore, MD*
Quizlet, San Francisco, CA*
SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC*
Sephora, San Francisco, CA*
Sleepio, London, UK
Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, Casablanca, Morocco*
Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, Washington, DC*
SweepSouth, Cape Town, South Africa
Tandem Sports & Entertainment, Arlington, VA*
Treaty Oak Distilling Company, Austin, TX
Vaireco GmbH, Konstanz, Germany*
Vici Capital Partners, Salt Lake City, UT*
Viget, Washington, DC
Wells Fargo & Company, Charlotte, NC

Private Enterprise Venture

The Meantime, Chapel Hill, NC
FreshSpire, Chapel Hill, NC

*Morehead-Cain Alumni-facilitated placements