An “internship” is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

NC State has associate and certificate programs in business, engineering, information technology, graphic design, health, human services, criminal justice and liberal arts. Students present a wide variety of skills and talents for meeting local workforce needs.

Internships can be paid or unpaid opportunities. Students can also sometimes incorporate internships into their academic studies, if they collaborate with faculty. This webpage offers helpful resources and tips for students and employers in obtaining and creating internships.

For Employers

Thinking of starting an Internship Program at your company?

Internships can be paid or unpaid opportunities for students. If you are offering an unpaid internship, you should familiarize yourself with Fair Labor Standards Act guidelines. We recognize the value of all internships, paid and unpaid, and we will make these available.

College Central Network

We encourage you to post your positions on College Central Network as an effective way to reach as many candidates as possible for a strong applicant pool. If you do not have an account, follow the link and select “Employers.” From there, you will “Create Account” and register. NC State adheres to EOE policies.

Other Recruitment Resources & Ideas:

  • Take advantage of all on-campus events: Spring Job & Internship Fair, Speed Networking Meet & Greet, others
  • Contact your instructor to discuss options. Programs with established curricular internship support: Visual Communication/Graphic Design, Business/Marketing, Accounting, Information Technology & Cyber Security
  • Invite students, faculty, or staff to your facility

For Students

Start your internship search today! 
Your internship search to-do list:​
  1. Make appointment with Alicia, Internship Coordinator to begin the process.
  2. Draft a resume, and send to Alicia.
  3. Do you have an internship in mind already? If not, think about your search process.

Click here to see full Internship Process Timeline and Checklist. (PDF), opens in a new window

Job & Internship Fair—An open house, come-and-go event on campus for students from every major that is held on campus each spring! Dress for success and bring copies of your resume!

Career Closet—Come “shop” for free, gently used professional clothing before the job fair! Our next Career Closet events are held on our Main Campus and the Kehoe Center during fall and spring semesters.

Resume Prep Workshops—Walk-in resume workshops in computer labs on the Mansfield Campus and at the Kehoe Center during fall and spring semesters in preparation for the big recruitment fairs! Get that resume prepped!

Internship Meet & Greet—Find your internship at the speed networking Meet & Greet! This fall event is a great opportunity to talk with different employers about what you have to offer their company in the spring or summer!