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Deadline nearing for state internship applications

By From staff reports
Published in News on November 17, 2010 1:46 PM

RALEIGH -- North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until Jan. 12, 2011, to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2011.

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 2,800 students have participated since the program was established in 1969.

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. Most interns earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer.

This summer, the State Government Internship Program is offering positions funded by the N.C. Student Energy Internship and Fellowship Program. Administered by State Energy Office of the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Energy Internships are focused on green, energy-efficient technology and energy conservation for North Carolina. Interns working on Energy Internship projects will be paid $10 per hour, as required by the Student Energy Internship and Fellowship Program, and will work 11 weeks in the summer.

All internships will begin on May 23, 2011. 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 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 2011 internships are available by visiting its website at www.doa.nc.gov/yaio/ summerinternprogram details.htm or by calling the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the N.C. Department of Administration at 807-4400. Information also is available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.