About Rural Works!

The Rural Works! internship program supports NC State’s commitment to social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina by offering an engaging internship experience for high-caliber students who work with employers to achieve their workplace goals in rural counties–places with vibrant histories, tremendous opportunities, but significant challenges.

  • An orientation training session will be provided for participants to ensure a successful and meaningful internship experience.
  • During the 10-12 week summer internship, participants will complete a minimum of 8 hours of service or engagement in the community to gain a better understanding of the counties history and culture.
  • Participants will receive professional development coaching and support from the Rural Works! Coordinator during their internship experience.
  • Upon completion of the internship, participants have the opportunity to attend career readiness workshops providing them with strategies for articulating their internship experience on their resume and during interviews.

The internship program seeks undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of majors, backgrounds, and skills.  Internships include opportunities with private, public, and nonprofit employers in rural counties.

Rural Works! was created by a partnership between the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and NC State Cooperative Extension.