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Please see the information below for various internship opportunities located in North Carolina.

Activism with NCPIRG

Every day decisions are being made at the General Assembly, the Governor’s office, and in Congress that impact our health, environment, economy, and democracy.  NCPIRG works to ensure the voice of the public is represented and fights to protect the public interest. Get involved in your community, develop leadership skills, meet new people, and make a difference on social issues that matter. As an intern, you will be a leader within a campaign team. In many cases, you will receive course credit for your work.

  • Unpaid, course credit
  • Semester long

Apples Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program takes place in the spring semester through both classroom interaction and an immersive experience for eight days during spring break in March. The spring 2019 course will meet on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. The learning begins before spring break as participants attend classroom sessions designed to prepare them to engage in discussion and service centered on their chosen focus area.

  • Unpaid, two-credit hour, pass/fail course (HBEH 610)

APPLES Summer Internships 

Applications for APPLES Service-learning Summer internships are now open! Students who partake in an APPLES Summer internship commit to working 320 hours (35-40 hours per week) with a community or government organization, earn $3,000  for their work, and participate in a one-credit-hour course offered through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education (which fulfills the experiential education requirement). Internship positions focus on a variety of fields and professions including public relations, public policy, social services, education, event coordination,  project development, marketing, and communications.

  • $3,000 stipend
  • EE Credit

Autry Fellowship

Deadline: January 2020. The ideal Autry Fellow is deeply committed to advancing social equity and access and is eager to support the mission of MDC—helping organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity. Applicants must be U. S. citizens in their final year of undergraduate studies or have graduated within two years from any four-year college or university. Contact

  • Seniors and post graduates
  • $30,000 stipend

Buckley Service Scholars Graduate Assistant

Each year, the Carolina Center for Public Service offers support for up to 10 Carolina graduate students to serve as skills training facilitators and share their expertise with undergraduate students engaged in service in the community and on campus. Selected graduate students are required to facilitate at least two skills trainings (one per semester) for Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) participants, help with the review process of BPSS portfolios submitted by graduating seniors and participate in a panel, co-facilitation of BPSS participant orientation or attend the BPSS senior dinner for participants. While completing these requirements, each graduate student receives a stipend of $600. Applications are posted in late September or early October and due in early January.

Carolina Navigators Internship

The mission of Carolina Navigators is to provide UNC students with global opportunities on campus, and globally oriented engagement in the community, through our service-learning experience. Carolina Navigators hires 5-6 Media Center Interns and 2 Communications Coordinator Interns, and one Masters Student Intern to assist with the Service Learning Experience during the academic year (AUG-APR). We also hire 1-3 interns each summer (MAY-AUG).

  • Paid- Work study only
  • Unpaid- if not work study

Center for Global Initiatives Internship

Gain valuable professional experience relevant to communications, global education, and program management with the Center for Global Initiatives, a vibrant National Resource Center in global education, and work a small, upbeat team of creative staff who award funding for international travel and run a variety of globally themed initiatives. This is an excellent fit for (but not limited to) those interested in global studies, higher education or internationally focused careers.

  • Paid- Work-study only

Curamericas Global

Deadline: Rolling. Curamericas Global seeks talented candidates to work in challenging internship positions throughout our organization. Our internships offer hands-on opportunities to impact Curamericas Global our partners, and beneficiaries across the world. Curamericas staff work with interns to help them develop skills in their chosen areas of study and network with professionals in their career path. Current internships being offered include  an administrative intern, digital marketing intern, events and outreach intern, and program support intern.

  • Summer 2019
  • Rolling

Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980.  Each year, Duke TIP hires more than a thousand seasonal employees to staff its educational programs in both online and face-to-face formats. Our programs take place at locations across the country—primarily in Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest states—and at selected international locations. We typically hire individuals to work in one of three functional areas: administrativeinstructional, and residential. Duke TIP pays a competitive salary to its program staff and usually provides room and board.

Environment North Carolina

Fund for the Public Interest is a national, nonprofit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and public interest organizations.

  • Paid- $4,500-$6,500 a semester
  • Canvass Director, Canvasser, and Telephone Project Outreach
  • No deadline- rolling

Historic Stagville Internship 

Stagville State Historic Site is a portion of one of the largest plantations in the state of North Carolina. Interpretation at Stagville focuses on the stories of enslaved people and their descendants. Stagville provides free, public tours of these structures, as well as events and education programs for all ages. The internship program at Historic Stagville gives students experience in public history at one of North Carolina’s most distinctive historic sites. Interns can learn and develop skills in Public Speaking, Program Development, Education, Public History, Research, and Marketing and Publicity. Stagville welcomes undergraduate and graduate interns. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Assistant Site Manager, Vera Cecelski, at

  • Unpaid
  • Summer and academic semesters

Leaders in Environment and Finance (LEAF) Student Fellowship Program

The EFC at UNC has a dual mission to provide assistance to communities through training and applied research, while also educating students who will become future leaders in the field. Through the Leaders in Environment and Finance Fellowship program, the EFC at UNC has partnered with a wide variety of organizations involved in environmental service provision in North Carolina, including utilities, local governments, and private firms to host students for a ten week professional summer fellowship experience. At the end of the 10 weeks, the student will spend the fall semester working part time at the EFC at UNC completing a related research project, or assisting on an applicable EFC at UNC project. Four fellows (graduate and undergraduate) will be chosen.

  • $16/hour for graduate students; $13/hour for undergraduates
  • Please check back later for next application cycle deadline and information

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center Summer Fellowship

The Jackson Center is proud to offer up to four graduate and undergraduate student Summer Fellowship positions (late May-early August) 2019.  The Jackson Center is a local grassroots non-profit organization located at the gateway of the historic Northside Neighborhood, one of the historically Black neighborhoods of Chapel Hill. Our mission is to honor, renew, and build community in the historic Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods of Chapel Hill.

  • $3,000 stipend
  • Please check back later for next application cycle deadline and information

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

Housed in the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences, or fine arts. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity, into PhD programs and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to our campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience.

  • Paid
  • Stipend, housing, and meal allowance
  • Summer
  • Juniors and seniors
  • Please check back later for next application cycle deadline and information

Non-Profit Internship Program

In an effort to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation established the Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP) in 2011. Since 2011, the program has awarded paid internship opportunities to 20 Pell grant-eligible college and university students enrolled in four-year institutions across the state.

  • Paid- stipend of $3,200
  • Summer
  • Must be pell-grant eligible

North Carolina State Government Internships

The prestigious and competitive North Carolina State Government Internship Program is offering up to 70 paid summer internship opportunities in state government agencies, for undergraduate and graduate students of many disciplines.

  • 8.25/hour.

RTI Business Development/Proposal Development Internship Opportunity

HR Directions seeks a Summer 2019 Business Development (BD) intern for its client, RTI International, within the Food Security and Agriculture (FS&Ag) division of RTI’s International Development Group. The intern will support ongoing business development efforts, communications activities, and other tasks as needed. Under the supervision of a Senior BD Specialist, the BD Intern will play an integral role in updating and streamlining BD processes, supporting internal knowledge management initiatives, and leading market research to inform 2020 proposal pipeline development.

Solidaridad Internship

Spend the school year interning at Student Action with Farmworkers’ office learning about the farmworker justice movement and gaining nonprofit leadership skills. Interns will increase SAF’s capacity to train farmworker youth, build advocacy and organizing campaigns, increase our communications and be a strong sustainable organization.

  • $2,400-$3,600 total scholarship
  • Year long
  • Must attend college in the NC Greater Triangle Area OR be a recent college graduate within one year OR be a DREAMer

State of North Carolina Internship Program

North Carolina Internship Program provides students with professional work experience that connects their classroom experiences and potential career choices. They participate in meetings, educational tours and other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. There are numerous internship positions available during the summer at various state agencies located throughout North Carolina.

  • Interns work 40 hours a week for a 10-week period, earning $8.25 an hour

UNC-IDB Strategic Studies Fellow Program- Part Time Internship

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is seeking self-motivated rising junior and rising senior undergraduate students who want to obtain hands-on working experience related to the national security and/or business fields. As a part-time summer intern, the student would aid the Program Director and program team in the planning, delivery, and execution of a graduate-level education. The internship would include an average of 30 hours per week for 10 weeks. The rate of pay is $10.60 an hour.

  • Please check back later for next application cycle deadline and information