Leveling the Playing Field

Alexis Campbell

Before this summer, rising senior Alexis Campbell ’22 was a self-described homebody. She hadn’t spent any time outside of North Carolina.

An internship at pharmaceutical giant Merck in New Jersey changed that.

Campbell learned about a stipend from Level the Playing Field ― a development program founded by Carolina alumnus Nehemiah Stewart ’21 to support college students interning in their fields.

“Given this opportunity, where I was getting paid a good amount, it gave me that financial freedom to explore more,” says Campbell, who is studying biochemistry at Carolina. “A couple of Merck employees who went to school at Carolina connected me with this internship and worked with Level the Playing Field to match me.”

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