RALEIGH – The Jan. 12 deadline is quickly approaching for North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2011. Among them are seats in the new N.C. Student Energy and Fellowship Program.
“Our interns often say how gratified they are to realize that the program provides true hands-on work experience that helps them stand out among other applicants for employment in their field,” said Stephanie Nantz, Executive Director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office. “There’s no time wasted getting coffee or running errands. As one of our participants last year said, ‘This internship showed me the avenues I needed to follow to make my dream a reality.’ That’s what we’re all about.”
The program offers some new positions to match growing career opportunities for North Carolina students. Administered by State Energy Office of the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Student Energy and Fellowship Program is 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. 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.
For eligibility rules and an application form, visit http://www.doa.nc.gov/yaio/summerinternprogramdetails.htm. 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.
– Source: N.C. Dept. of Administration