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State intern applications currently being accepted

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on November 29, 2009 1:50 AM

RALEIGH -- Gov. Bev Perdue recently announced that North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Jan. 20 to apply for one of 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2010.

The State Government Internship Program offers students 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 2,700 students have participated since the program was established 40 years ago.

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. They 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 be completing at least one year of law school.

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.

Details about the program and a listing of summer 2010 internships are available by calling the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 807-4400, or by visiting its Web site at www.doa.state.nc.us/yaio/ internprogramdetails.htm. Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.