Internship FAQs

What are the program deadlines?

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 see "How to Apply."

Summer 2021 Timeline:

  • November 2, 2020: Application opens
  • January 4, 2021: Application closes
  • Late February - Early March, 2021: Phone Interviews
  • End of March 2021: Notification of Internship Placements
  • May 24, 2021: Intern Orientation
  • May 24-July 30, 2021: Internship Program
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for an internship?

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, 2021.
  • 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?

What do I need to have with each application?

All documents must be attached to each internship posting for which you apply:

  • Cover letters outlining the reasons you are interested in each project for which you apply. Address cover letters to the North Carolina Internship Council or to Candace Dudley, Internship Coordinator, 1320 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1320. 
  • Professional résumé.
  • One copy of transcripts for all post-secondary grades. An unofficial student copy, obtained from your school’s website or registrar, is acceptable. Transcripts must verify current overall GPA.
  • Graduate and law students should submit an official schedule/course list if current grades are not available. Law students should include their current class rank when possible. If you have attended more than one college/university, include a transcript for each; graduate/law students should include undergraduate transcripts.
  • Brief legal writing samples (law students only). Limit sample to three pages. Include a copy for each law project to which you apply. Writing samples exceeding three pages will not be accepted.
  • Optional: Three Professional References (must include name, contact information and relationship).

 

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

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?

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?

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?

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. 

Do I need an official transcript? What if I'm a law student and transcripts won't be available until after the deadline?

Do I need an official transcript? What if I'm a law student and transcripts won't be available until after the 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?

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. 

You must attach all required documents to each posting for which you apply. 

Are all the internships located in Raleigh?

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.

Note: Your project will be (remote, in person, hybrid) for Summer 2021. While the projects have notated their preference for hosting an intern. We will still follow the recommendation of the Governor in the final decision.