Internship & Student Research Opportunities

Delivering on Furman’s promise to prepare students for lives of purpose and accelerated career and community impact through The Furman Advantage, students may engage in a number of paid internships across the Riley Institute’s centers of work. Summer research opportunities are also available.

Open internship positions

The Riley Institute does not have any open internship opportunities at this time. Please check back later for any openings, or email to express your interest in any future opportunities.

Meet the Interns


Brooke Diederich | Scholars Intern

Brooke is a chemistry major with a minor in poverty studies at Furman University. She is from Purcellville, VA and is on the pre-med track, aspiring to be an OBGYN in her future years. After college, Brooke hopes to enroll in the Peace Corps. Currently, she is excited to work as a Scholars Intern with the Riley Institute.





Duval McCoy | Diversity Leaders Initiative & White-Riley-Peterson Intern

Duval McCoy is a native of Blackstock, SC and a senior educational studies major at Furman University. Upon graduation, Duval aspires to pursue a career in school counseling or higher education. He found his passion and love for education after taking an entry-level education course at Furman. The quote, “Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up,” inspires Duval daily. 





Eboni Johnson | Education Improvement Act book project

Eboni Johnson grew up in Summerville, SC. She is a rising senior at Furman University studying sociology and Spanish. Eboni has always had a passion for helping, which has recently translated into an interest around civil and criminal justice. She enjoys learning about the world around her and is always ready for a challenge. Upon graduating from Furman, she plans on taking a gap year and working for a nonprofit organization centered around racial and social justice. After her gap year, Eboni plans on attending law school to further her education and enable her to address systemic barriers that continue to hinder impoverished communities and people of color. Eboni is passionate about righting wrongs and putting the United States on a better path by illuminating how it can learn from past mistakes.




Catherine Byrd | Marketing & Communications Intern

Catherine Byrd is a senior at Furman University and originally from Hillsborough, North Carolina. She is an English and Communication Studies double major, pursuing a career in marketing and public relations. Catherine has previously held Director of E-Communications and Vice President Communications positions in her sorority, Delta Gamma, as well as a Vice President Media role in Furman’s CHAARG chapter. She currently serves as the Panhellenic Council President after a previous term as Vice President Public Relations. Catherine is now expanding her skill set by serving as a Marketing and Communications Intern for the Riley Institute.




Grace Ryan | Center of Education Policy and Leadership Fellow

Grace Ryan is a junior majoring in history with a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. She currently lives in Spartanburg, SC but grew up all over the East Coast — Connecticut, Georgia, and Massachusetts. She has not yet settled on a career path, so she is currently pursuing anything and everything in an attempt to gain some idea of what she might like to do after she graduates. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and going for lake walks. This summer she will be assisting the Riley Institute in evaluating Furman’s partnership with the College Advising Corps and, in her free time, learning how to rollerblade!




Price St. Clair | Advance Team Intern

Price St. Clair is a politics major from Boone, NC committed to thinking deeply and communicating clearly about politics and public policy. In addition to his involvement with the Riley Institute as both a member and a leader of the Advance Team, Price has conducted research in the politics department and is the Opinions Editor at The Paladin, Furman’s student newspaper. This summer, he is honing his writing and reporting skills as an intern for The Dispatch in Washington, DC. An avid endurance athlete and outdoors enthusiast, Price also enjoys running, cycling, and hiking, especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains.