Monday, May 22, 2023

NC College Students Begin Hands-on State Government Internship Program This summer seventeen agencies will offer practical work experience in public service

May 22, 2023

Today, 85 students, representing 28 North Carolina counties, will embark on a 10-week educational internship experience at North Carolina state government agencies. This year, the program features 80 projects from clean energy to instructional design.

“For more than half a century, the State of North Carolina Internship Program has been a fundamental source for nurturing the interest of our state’s best and brightest students in the area of public service,” said North Carolina Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “This program is instrumental in laying the foundation for future careers in state government.” 

Interns will begin the program in a virtual orientation with Secretary Cashwell and members of the Internship Council where they will learn about job expectations, enrichment opportunities and have a chance to ask questions of previous interns. To allow for more hands-on learning experience, many of the internships this summer will be in a hybrid work environment that offers both in-person assignments as well as remote work.

Seventeen state agencies* are sponsoring internships this year ranging in a variety of careers from wildlife rehabilitation, photography, volunteer services and historical research to communications and public affairs, network security, policy and advocacy, enterprise mapping and aquarium animal husbandry among others. In addition to gaining practical work experience, students will also tour various facilities to learn about other government operations and state careers. 

Coordinated by the Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, the State of North Carolina Internship Program offers college students across the state an opportunity to connect lessons learned in the classroom to potential career choices. Established in 1969, the Internship Program has provided state government work opportunities to North Carolina residents attending college, university, technical or community college. 

Interns are selected annually through a competitive process overseen by the NC Internship Council. 

To learn more about the State of North Carolina Internship Program, visit the website. Applications for the 2024 State Internship program will open this fall.

*2023 Participating State Agencies: Administration (NCDOA), Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Adult Correction, Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), Commerce, Environmental Quality (DEQ), General Assembly, Health and Human Services (DHHS), Information Technology (DIT), Judicial Branch, Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), Office of State Human Resources (OSHR), Office of the Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Public Safety (DPS), State Budget Management (OSBM), and Transportation (DOT).

2023 State of North Carolina Interns

Intern School Home County Internship
Victoria “Vic” Abate NC State University Wake Risk Building Footprint GIS Data Intern – DPS
Abigail Arens NC State University Wake Regulatory Concepts for Coal Ash Management Intern - DEQ
Caitlyn Bauer Concord University Forsyth Wildlife Rehabilitation at NC Zoo Intern - DNCR
Madeline Behnke UNC-Chapel Hill Wake Historical Research Online Exhibits Intern - DNCR
Seth Berger UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law Wake NC Court of Appeals Intern – Judicial 
Sam Braden Duke University Durham NC Supreme Court Intern – Judicial 
Peter Bramson Grinnell College Wake Slavery and Health Historical Research Intern - DNCR
Cameron Brown East Carolina University Wake  NCWorks (Pitt) Intern - Commerce
Mae Bryant Cates NC State University Wake Story Maps & Fact Sheets for River Basin Plans Intern – DEQ
Gordon Cathcart Elon University School of Law Guilford Public Interface Task Coordinator and Vapor Intrusion Research Intern – DEQ
Jocelyn Conder George Washington University/American University of Paris Wake Natural Science Communications Intern - DNCR
Morgan Cook UNC-Wilmington New Hanover Summer Program Education Intern - DNCR
Brooke Cox NC State University Gaston Risk Building Footprint GIS Data Intern – DPS
Jaci Crute UNC-Chapel Hill Granville Volunteer Services Intern - DHHS
Zoe Debenedette Appalachian State University Durham Discovery Room Intern – DNCR
Brianna Deberry NC Central University Wake Digital Equity and Literacy in Information Technology Intern - DIT
Alexis Douglas Lenoir-Rhyne University Lincoln NCWorks Workforce (NW Prosperity Zone) Intern - Commerce
Delcina Eaton University of Maryland-Baltimore Mecklenburg Federal Government (HRSA) Approval Project Intern – Adult Corrections
Cassie Eberle UNC-Charlotte Guilford Photography Intern - DNCR
Emma Eldridge NC State University Wake Museum Veterinary Medicine Intern - DNCR
Sterling Elliott NC Central University Wake  Policy Intern – Office of the Governor
Edy Evans NC State University Moore Summer Camps Intern - DNCR
Kathryn Flood NC State University Wake Public Science Events Intern - DNCR
Jonathan Garcia Cortez UNC-Chapel Hill Duplin Public Engagement & Inclusion Intern – Office of the Governor
Jonathan Grigg NC State University Wake Office of the Lieutenant Governor Intern
Kahlia Hargett UNC-Greensboro Lenoir Untold Stories Women & African American in Lenoir Intern - DNCR

Lillian Everett Hawkins

UNC-Chapel Hill

Groundwater Quality Data Analysis & Communications Intern – DEQ
Nathan Hayes NC State University Guilford Enterprise Mapping – Public Visualization of Biological Data Intern – DEQ
Leeah Heath NC State University Wake Commission of Indian Affairs Intern – DOA
Jordan Holcomb NC State University Dare Aquarium Animal Husbandry Intern - DNCR
Kyla Holton NC A&T State University Wake Legislative Affairs Intern – Office of the Governor 
Robert Hruska NC State University Wake Risk Building Footprint GIS Data Intern – DPS
Efiotu Jagun Georgia Institute of Technology Durham Strategic Partnerships Intern – OSBM
Naomi Johnson Winston-Salem State University Wake Business Services Intern - Commerce
Patrick Jones UNC-Chapel Hill Ashe NC Workforce Development Intern (Southwest Prosperity Zone) - Commerce
Chandler Jones NC State University Wake Brownfields GIS/Programmer Intern – DEQ
Cassidy Joyner NC State University Johnston Underrepresented Populations Research Intern - DNCR
Alexis Kay Vanderbilt University Carteret  Press Office Intern – Office of the Governor
McKenzie Keeler East Carolina University Onslow NC Workforce Development Intern (Southeast Prosperity Zone) – Commerce
Hannah Kelper Western Carolina University Wake Special Activity Programs Intern - DNCR
Sania Khazi UNC-Chapel Hill Orange Policy and Advocacy Intern – DOA
Jayla King East Carolina University Nash Youth Involvement Coordinator Intern - DOA
Corinne Kokenes NC State University Wake Legislative Intern (House of Representatives) – General Assembly
Jessica Kotrick UNC-Wilmington Wake Recreational Water Quality Technician Intern – DEQ
Leah Kozel UNC-Chapel Hill Pitt Instructional Design Intern – AOC
Hannah Lilly Appalachian State University Vance Rare Plant Status Survey Intern – DNCR
Solomon Lowry UNC-Chapel Hill/Sandhills Community College Orange Geographic Information Systems/ State’s Real Estate Portfolio Intern – DOA
Melanie Mahabir Wake Forest University Guilford National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Compliance Program Process Improvement Intern – DEQ
Caitlin Mahnke Carteret Community College Carteret Coastal Reserve Education Intern – DEQ
Walker Massey NC State University Wake Assessment & Management of Coastal Fisheries Resources Intern – DEQ 
Gabby Matejowsky Appalachian State University Wake Investigate Lab Intern – DNCR
Jordan Matheney Methodist University Lee Communications & Public Affairs Intern – Commerce
Ava Meigs Duke University Buncombe Domestic Violence Intervention Program Intern – DOA
Sarah Mejia East Carolina University Wake Procurement Education Intern – DOA
Myles Parker UNC-Greensboro Wake Water Education Program Content Organizer Intern – DEQ
Jackson Parker Barton College Onslow Husbandry Intern- DNCR
Rishik Pavani NC State University Wake Network Security Operations Intern – AOC
Nicholas Payst UNC-Chapel Hill Orange Stream & Wetland Restoration/Database Development & Population Intern – DEQ
Jonah Peckham NC State University Wake Science Communication/Natural History Collections Intern – DNCR
Marlene Perrin NC Central University Onslow GIS Interactive Web Application Build for the Observer Program Intern – DEQ
Jason Phillips Campbell University Wake NC Court of Appeals Intern – Judicial
Haley Pierce NC State University Wake Sustainability Intern – DOA
Anna Poston UNC-Wilmington Currituck Marine Fisheries Recreational Finfish Intern – DEQ
Bradley Quinn NC State University Wake Non-Public Education Research Intern – DOA
Erica Rice NC State University Wake Annual Budget Analysis & Planning Intern – AOC
Caroline Sartain East Carolina University Cumberland NCWorks Workforce/Sandhills Prosperity Zone Intern – Commerce
Erin Schuette NC State University Wake Fish & Invertebrate Intern – DNCR
Adam Sichel NC State University Wake NC Symphony Intern – DNCR
Aubrey Smith Appalachian State University Wake Public Relations Intern – DOT
Ashlee Somol University of Washington Wake Fish Biodiversity Curatorial Assistant Intern – DNCR
Brianna Terpening NC State University Wake Construction Engineer Intern – DOA
Kristen Thrower UNC-Chapel Hill Orange Clean Energy Intern – Commerce
Cameron Tinsley Appalachian State University Currituck Marine Education Intern – DNCR
Liliana Trigilio NC State University Guilford Legislative Affairs Intern – DEQ
Tvisha Vadapali UNC-Chapel Hill Union Human Resources Intern – OSHR
Madeline Vessy UNC-Chapel Hill Wake Risk Building Footprint GIS Data Intern – DPS
Cassie Wan UNC-Chapel Hill Wake Science Communication Materials/Geonomics & Microbiology Research Lab Intern – DNCR
Chase Warchol UNC-Wilmington Catawba Historic Interpreter Intern – DNCR
Ash Welch College of the Atlantic Orange Paleontology Collections Intern – DNCR
James Werner NC State University Wake Digital Communications Intern – DHHS
James Braxton West Appalachian State University Orange Geographic Information Systems/State’s Real Estate Portfolio Intern – DOA
Karsyn Westerbeek NC State University Duplin NC State Fair Public Relations Intern – DA&CS
Lauren Wetmore UNC-Chapel Hill Rowan District Court Management Guide Intern - AOC
Betsy Williams East Carolina University Pitt Conservation of Artifacts/ La Concorde/Queen Anne’s Revenge Intern – DNCR
Peyton Wolf Appalachian State University Wake Social Media Intern - DNCR

About NCDOA and the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement
The NC Department of Administration acts as the business manager for North Carolina state government. Under the leadership of Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell, the department oversees government operations and advocacy programs. The department's advocacy programs help to promote and assist diverse segments of the state's population that have been traditionally underserved. The North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement is a division of NCDOA. Their mission is to advise the governor, state legislators and state leaders on issues impacting women and youth.