The Moxie Project

The Moxie Project is a combined academic and community engagement project that aims to place UNC students who have completed coursework in women’s activism with community organizations for summer internships to help them develop their own sense of activism and community engagement.

The Moxie Project at UNC is a selective, innovative, engaged curricular program in women’s history and activism that deeply connects scholarship and hands-on learning.

Undergraduates at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill apply to participate, and those chosen take a spring semester course about women’s leadership and activism.  For eight weeks in the summer, students intern in women’s organizations, nonprofits, and municipalities in the Research Triangle, and meet weekly for seminars in which they reflect on their week’s work, discuss related readings, and meet with the staff of the organizations to hear more about their work. Each student receives a stipend to support them during the summer, so that they can focus their attention on the program. Through this integrated academic and experiential program, students develop their leadership skills and deepen their engagement with the state of North Carolina.

Students who participate in the Moxie Project should be first, second, or third-year students at UNC who are interested in engaging on issues of gender equity and organizing in the community.  Students should be self-motivated, hard-working, and eager to engage in community organizing.  Students need not have completed any specific coursework prior to joining the Moxie cohort, but should be willing to commit to taking the spring Moxie course.

The complete Moxie Project will include participation in a spring course, followed by an 8-week long summer program in June and July. This year’s Moxie course is WGST/POLI 217 (Women and Politics) taught by Pamela Conover. The summer program will include a full-time internship in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area at one of our partner organizations and an ongoing summer seminar/discussion series. Students will receive a living stipend.

The 2018 Moxie Scholar application is now open! Click here to apply by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 12. Brief interviews will follow, and students will be notified of their selection status by the end of the month. Students need not register for the spring course until they have been selected; we have seats reserved for the Moxie Scholars.

Please email Shelley Gist at with any questions about the program or application process.

*The Moxie Project is a collaboration between the Carolina Women’s Center, the Women and Gender Studies Department, and the Office of the Provost. 

More to come!

2014 Moxie Documentary:

2014 Moxie Scholars Documentary from Southern Oral History Program on Vimeo.

Make a Gift to the Carolina Women’s Center here and select “Moxie Project” as the fund.