North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Dec. 10 to apply for one of up to 75 paid state government internships available for summer 2013. The 2013 State Government Internship Guide describing all available opportunities and rules is now online at http://www.doa.state.nc.us/yaio/interns.aspx.
The State Government Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces. Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service. More than 3,600 students have participated since the program was established in 1969.
“In the current job market, it is tough for college students to find paid employment opportunities that equip them with relevant and meaningful professional experience in their field of study,” said Stephanie Nantz, executive director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office. “This program does just that, as well as assist state agencies in continuing to meet their missions following the recent reductions in the state government workforce.”
Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state. They provide North Carolina students with a compensated professional work experience that integrates education, career development and public service. Opportunities exist in numerous recognized fields of study, from architecture to zoology. Interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer.
All internships will begin on May 20, 2013, and conclude on July 26, 2013. Interns also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government.
To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall grade-point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and graduated from high school and subsequently completed their sophomore year of college before beginning the internship. Community college students must complete at least their first year before beginning the internship. Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship. Students having previously held paid internships at the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office are not eligible to apply.
Interns are selected through a competitive process overseen by the N.C. Internship Council. Selection is based on a review of applications by the council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government.
Note that applications for summer 2013 internships are due earlier than in previous years. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 10 to be considered. For details, visit http://www.doa.state.nc.us/yaio/interns.aspx or call the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 919-807-4400. Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.
For ongoing information and updates about the State Government Internship Program, subscribe to the program listserv at http://lists.ncmail.net/mailman/listinfo/doa.yaio.internship.program.