Deadline Drawing Near for Government Internships in NC
Raleigh, NC (CollegeToCareers.com) – The deadline on January 12 is quickly approaching for students enrolled in a form of higher education who want to attend a government paid internship in the state of North Carolina this summer.
All 65 internships will begin on May 23, shortly after classes end in most educational facilities throughout the state. The program is meant to provide students with real-life experience in many of the state’s government workplaces. Stephanie Nantz, Executive Director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, says that past experience has showed them the internships bring true hands-on experience in a real government setting which usually makes a student stand out among other applicants for a job in the field:
“Our interns often thank us and mention how thrilled they are to see the program brings them actual benefits and they can really gain knowledge they will be able to use later on. They really get to do something in their field, and learn at the same time, rather than bring coffee and takeouts from Starbucks, like with other internship programs.”
The pay for the state sponsored internships is a bit better than the median in the state. NC interns working on Energy Internship projects, for instance, will be paid $10 an hour and will work for 11 weeks. On average, a government internship in North Carolina is paid at $8.25 an hour, forty hours a week, ten weeks per summer. Positions are available in all kinds of public facilities throughout the state, ranging from public financial institutions to zoo parks. Applicants come from a wide range of educational facilities (colleges, universities, technical institutes or community colleges) and will be matched to an internship position based on their qualifications and career choices.
With the deadline looming, students have to prepare for a harsh selection process that is going to be overseen by the North Carolina Internship Council. Admission will be based on a combination of criteria: review of the applications and essays, interviews with Council representatives and prospective internship supervisors, academic records, interest in state government and participation in extracurricular activities. For more information on the government sponsored internships in North Carolina, as well as a full list of eligibility criteria and application forms, visit http://www.doa.nc.gov/yaio/summerinternprogramdetails.htm.