Internship FAQs

Internship ProgramWhat 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 is 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.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for an internship?

Applicants must be permanent North Carolina residents attending a university, college, law school, community college, or technical institute in or out of North Carolina. They must be enrolled for the semester after the internship, have completed their high school diploma and their second year of a 4-year college/university or first year of a community college, and have a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have previously served a paid internship with the State of North Carolina Internship Program are not eligible.

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.

When will the summer project descriptions be available?

Project descriptions are usually posted on our website November 1, 2017.

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.

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 must 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 in the project description book.