Internship FAQs

Internship Program

What are the program deadlines?

State government agencies submit project proposals by late August. The approved projects and program information are placed online by late October. Applications can be submitted as soon as project descriptions and application information are posted and the firm deadline for applications is mid-January; however, the application due date can change from year to year. Please check the website by October for the established application due date.

The Internship Council screens intern applications by mid-February and supervisors conduct interviews by the end of February. Applicants are informed of placement at the end of March and internships begin in late May. For exact deadlines please follow the link for current Internship Project Descriptions.


Summer 2020: May 18 - July 24, 2020


What are the eligibility requirements to apply for an internship?

  • An applicant must be a permanent North Carolina resident attending a college, university, law school, community college or technical institute in North Carolina or a North Carolina resident attending an equivalent institution out of state.
  • Applicants must carry a 2.5 or greater overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old by January 1, 2020.
  • Community college students must have completed their first year completed before beginning the internship.
  • Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program.
  • To qualify for a law internship, applicants must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship, unless other majors are listed.
  • Students having previously held paid internships with this program are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to work full-time for the entire 10-week internship. Applicants must be able to provide legal proof of identity and work authorization within three working days of employment.


What do I need to have with each application? 

Each application requires that you attach 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) transcript. 


Can I apply for more than one of the listed internship projects?

Yes! Each applicant to the Internship Program can select up to 3 projects for which to apply.


Can I get academic credit for my internship?

At most schools you can arrange academic credit for an internship, but details vary by institution. You will need to talk with your academic advisor or career center for information. When he or she needs a contact person for the internship, the contact may be either the Internship Coordinator or your supervisor.


I don't live near my preferred internship sites. Can you provide housing?

The Council for Women &Youth Involvement cannot provide housing for you; however, we can provide referrals to others who can assist you.


How long is the program? When is my first day of work?

The first day of work (including orientation) is typically the day after Memorial Day (varies) and the program lasts for 10 weeks, usually ending the first week of August. For more specific dates, view the project description book.

Your first day of work will be Monday, May 18, 2020 and the last day will be Friday, July 24, 2020.


Do I need an official transcript? / I'm a law student, so transcripts won't be available until after the application deadline!

An unofficial or student copy of your transcript is acceptable. Law students can submit transcripts when they become available. Transcripts MUST include overall GPA.


I'm applying for 3 different projects. Do I need 3 different cover letters?

A different cover letter for each position is not required; however, a cover letter is encouraged to be submitted for each position to which you are applying. If you wish to address each position in a separate letter, you are free to do so. 


Are all the internships located in Raleigh?

No! There are internships available from the west of Raleigh (including the mountains) to the east (all the way to the beach!). You can look up internships by location on the interactive map.