Words: State of NC Internship Program
Monday, May 20, 2024

NC College Students Begin State Government Internships Fifteen agencies will offer interns practical work experience in public service during summer break

May 20, 2024

Today, 98 students, representing 30 North Carolina counties, will embark on a 10-week educational internship experience in North Carolina state government agencies. This year, the program features more than 80 projects ranging from clean energy to workforce development, offering students hands-on practical work experience in the career field of their choice.

“These internships offer fantastic experience that may lead to a permanent position with the state,” said NC Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell. “In fact, we have several interns from the past few years that are now full-time state employees. I am excited about the remarkable talent these students will bring to our state government agencies this summer as they work to gain career enhancing experience in public service.”

The State of North Carolina Internship program will kick off with a student orientation featuring Secretary Cashwell and members of the Internship Council where they will learn about job expectations, enrichment opportunities and can ask questions of previous interns. Summer projects this year will include both in-person and hybrid work environments.

Fifteen state agencies* are offering internships in careers ranging from economic development to marine fisheries research, historic interpretation, instructional design, communications and public affairs, human resources, policy and advocacy, youth involvement outreach and 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 an opportunity to connect lessons learned in the classroom to potential career choices across the state. Established in 1969, the Internship Program has provided state government work opportunities to North Carolina residents attending college, university, technical or community college.

The highly competitive internship process begins each fall when the application period opens. Applicants are interviewed, selected and matched with agencies in the spring. There were more than 3,100 applications for this year’s 98 positions. The process is overseen by the NC Internship Council.  To learn more about the State of North Carolina Internship Program, visit the website.

*2024 Participating State Agencies: Administration (NCDOA), Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), Commerce, Environmental Quality (DEQ), General Assembly, Health and Human Services (DHHS), Judicial Branch, Labor (DOL), Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), Office of State Human Resources (OSHR), Office of the Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Public Safety (DPS), and State Budget Management (OSBM).

2024 State of North Carolina Interns

Intern School Home County Internship
Amanda Abbate UNC – Chapel Hill Orange Domestic Violence Intervention Program Intern – DOA
Grace Albertson NC State University Davidson Public Science Events Intern – DNCR
Mia Albright NC State University Dare Animal Husbandry Intern – DNCR
Karthik Annadurai UNC – Charlotte Wake Arts & Business Management Intern – DNCR
Julia Avery Warren Wilson College Wake Groundwater Quality Data Analysis and Communication Intern – DEQ
Aster Ayer Western Carolina University Jackson Surveying Rare Plant Populations Intern - DNCR
Caleb Barco NC Central University Law School Wake General Counsel Intern – Office of the Governor
AG Berry Appalachian State University Guilford   Communicating Science Using Natural History Collections Intern – DNCR
Lindsay Bialecki Elon University Alamance Public Engagement Intern - Office of the Governor
Emma Blankenship NC State University Johnston   Instructional Designer Intern - AOC
Akeem Booker East Carolina University Pitt NCWorks Workforce Development Intern – Commerce
Emerson Brown NC State University Wake Management and Curation of Geological Collections Intern – DNCR
Wade Buchheit Williams College Orange Research Assistant – General Assembly
Abigail Carpenter Yale University Ashe Creating Narratives of Rural Success in Western NC Intern – DNCR
Irvin Carreon UNC – Chapel Hill Catawba Program Design and Evaluation - DNCR
Nicole Cerezo Santana East Carolina University Johnston   HR Process Mapping, Creation of HR Tools Intern – Commerce
Noah Champion NC State University Rutherford Procurement Education Intern - DOA
Jacob Chilton IE Law School  (Instituto de Empresa) Iredell NC Court of Appeals Intern – Judicial
Helen Crowley University of Delaware Forsyth Diamonds of North Carolina Intern – DNCR
Erin D’Amelio Carteret Community College Carteret   Husbandry Intern – DNCR
Macy Erin Daniels Saint Augustine’s University Mecklenburg NCWorks Workforce Development Intern – Commerce
Chi “Thien” Dao Yale University Guilford   Legislative Affairs Intern – Office of the Governor
Patrick Dickinson UNC – Chapel Hill Orange Sustainability Intern – DOA
Haley Dixon East Carolina University Pitt Governor Richard Caswell: Community, Life and Politics Intern – DNCR
Hayden Driver NC State University Wake NCWorks Workforce Development Intern – Commerce
Tamara Durden Liberty University/Law School Caswell General Counsel Intern – Office of the Governor
Landon Eckard Elon University School of Law Catawba Supreme Court Justice Intern – Judicial
Laney Edwards Appalachian State University Onslow Coastal Reserve Research Intern – DEQ
Zachary Reynolds Edwards Western Carolina University Wake Construction Engineer Intern – DOA
Gracie Elliott UNC – Wilmington Franklin Post Construction Stormwater Initiative Intern - DEQ
Micah Eustache Wellesley College Forsyth Office of Lieutenant Governor Affairs Intern – Office of the Lt. Governor
Kellie Finch UNC – Chapel Hill Johnston Digital and Media Communications Intern – DHHS
Shaneya Flacks NC State University Guilford Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern – DNCR
Benjamin Flora Wake Technical Community College Wake Special Programs/Summer Camp Intern – DNCR
Sydnee Fryer NC State University Mecklenburg Policy Intern – Office of the Governor
Natalie Gifford UNC – Chapel Hill Wake Education Intern – DNCR
Katie Grelck UNC – Wilmington Wake Clean Energy Intern – Commerce
Sara Gupta UNC – Charlotte Wake Safe Water and Pollution Prevention Intern – DEQ
Madison Hay Appalachian State University Wake Summer Camp Intern – DNCR
Lily Hayward UNC – Chapel Hill Wake GIS Data Intern – DPS
Callan Hazeldine UNC Chapel Hill School of Law Durham NC Court of Appeals Intern – Judicial
Jackson Healy NC State University Wake Office of Lieutenant Governor Affairs Intern – Office of the Lt. Governor
Hannah Heard Davidson-Davie Community College Rowan Husbandry Intern – DNCR
Gloria Grace Hope Appalachian State University Wake Story Map Designer/Water Resource Management Plan Intern – DEQ
Margo Huff UNC – Wilmington New Hanover Summer Program Educator Intern - DNCR
Sydney Hughes NC State University Forsyth Post Construction Stormwater Program Initiative Intern – DEQ
Samuel Indermaur Cornell University Wake Economic Development Intern – Commerce
Linden James Columbia University and Sciences Po Durham Mitigation Strategies Intern – DNCR
Julia Janosko NC State University Wake Investigative Lab Intern – DNCR
JonTyler Jobe UNC – Wilmington Wilson Marine Fisheries Management Intern – DEQ
Katherine Johnson College of William and Mary Wake Conservation Planning Assistant – DNCR
Amanda Johnson UNC – Asheville Wake Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Intern – Commerce
Neha Jonnalagedda UNC – Chapel Hill Wake Workforce Solutions Finance Intern – Commerce
Keira Kapner Syracuse University Wake GIS Data Intern – DPS
Grant Keaton Fayetteville State University Cumberland   NCWorks Workforce Development Intern – Commerce
Sydney Keesee Elon University School of Law Cabarrus General Counsel Intern – Office of the Governor
Chelsea Kiefer Fort Hays State University Wake Historic Interpreter Intern – DNCR
Carolina King UNC – Chapel Hill Rutherford Archaeological Conservation Intern – DNCR
Benjamin Kreiser NC State University Wake Fish and Invertebrates Intern – DNCR
Jennifer Lee UNC – Chapel Hill Wake Water Resources Development Grant Program IT Support Intern – DEQ
Beckett Lindsey Wake Forest University Forsyth Legislative Intern – General Assembly
Jada Long NC A&T State University Durham Communications and Public Affairs Intern – Commerce
Kayla Mady Fayetteville State University Wake Press Office Intern – Office of the Governor
Mary Kate Mauney UNC – Greensboro Guilford Archival Research and Digital Exhibits Intern – DNCR
Connor McCloud College of William and Mary Wake Solid Waste Management Intern – DEQ
Ethan McGee UNC – Charlotte Wake GIS Intern – DOA
Jenna McLamb Campbell University Sampson Reserve Education Intern – DEQ
Erin McLaughlin Sewanee – The University of the South Wake Policy Intern – Office of the Governor
Ellie McMahon College of William and Mary Wake Natural Sciences Communications Intern – DNCR
Alana Moore NC State University Wake NC State Fair Public Relations Intern - NCDA&CS
Morgan Moser Wake Forest University Johnston   Policy and Advocacy Intern – DOA
Dani Rosario Moya NC State University Durham Human Resources Intern – DEQ
Alisha Nazir UNC – Chapel Hill Wake GIS Data Intern – DPS
Alevtina Newman UNC – Chapel Hill Caldwell Strategic Partnerships Intern – OSBM
Ashley Nunez-Saenz NC State University Wake Girls in Science Summer Camp Intern – DNCR
John Michael Paroli UNC – Chapel Hill School of Law Cumberland Supreme Court Justice Intern – Judicial
Alyssa Paull NC State University Wake Brownfields Inventory and Planning Intern – DEQ
James Pearce NC Central University Law School Wake General Counsel Intern – Office of the Governor
Grace Porter UNC – Chapel Hill Wake Policy Intern – Office of the Lt. Governor
Benjamin Pulgar-Guzman NC State University Wake Public History Intern – DNCR
Maggie Rand UNC – Chapel Hill School of Law Person Legal Intern - NCDA&CS
Leiloni Sharpe Wake Forest University Wake Data Analysis and Outreach Support Intern – DOA
Pierce Shipway Campbell University School of Law Wake NC Court of Appeals Intern – Judicial
Savannah Sinor University of Mary Washington Wake Hometown Strong Intern – DNCR
Alex Sliz Appalachian State University Union Assessment and Management Intern – DEQ
Noah Smith UNC – Charlotte Wake Occupational Safety Consultation Intern – DOL
Gabriel Sonawane UNC – Chapel Hill Wake NC Guardian ad Litem Budget/Data and Financial Reporting Intern – AOC
Mireille Soss NC State University Wake Human Resources Intern – OSHR
Wynter Spencer NC State University Wake Investigative Lab Intern – DNCR
Evan Stevens NC State University Yadkin Summer Camp Intern – DNCR
Lilyanne Sweat Coastal Carolina University Johnston Youth Involvement Outreach Intern – DOA
Samantha Townsend Carteret Community College Carteret   Environmental Stewardship and Outreach Intern – DEQ
Jaden Tremelling UNC – Wilmington Wake GIS Data Intern - DPS
Zachary Tucker UNC – Chapel Hill Durham Legislative Affairs Intern – DEQ
Charles Veith East Carolina University Pitt Marine Fisheries Research Intern – DEQ
Katie Whittington UNC – Chapel Hill Guilford Communication and Outreach Intern – DEQ
Joy Winton UNC – Wilmington Wake Summer Program Educator Intern - DNCR
Stephen Xiao NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine Durham Museum Veterinary Medicine 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.