NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program

The North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program was created to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with this state’s Fortune 500 companies.

The program provides students with work experience that will increase their competitiveness in the job market. It provides North Carolina businesses with access and exposure to an untapped, diverse talent pool. Through this initiative, we hope to increase the capacity of North Carolina’s HBCUs to connect their graduates to the private sector, thereby retaining valuable talent in North Carolina.

North Carolina is home to 13% of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). A total of 10 universities (five public and five private) participate in the program.

Read about the 2020 Interns.


  • Bennett College
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Livingstone College
  • Shaw University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Winston Salem State University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University

Funded Opportunity

Internships are the most effective way for students to gain work experience before graduation. In fact, studies show that 7 out of 10 internships turn into full-time jobs. The program, funded by the state, will provide opportunities for HBCU students to participate in paid internships in North Carolina’s top companies. These funds will cover salaries for 50 students. The student’s salary will be covered by this state appropriation. Each student will be paid $15 @40hrs/week for eight weeks. Employers may pay an additional amount on top of the $15/hr.

The UNC System serves as the oversight agency for the program with primary responsibilities for budget oversight, compliance, assessment, and reporting. Participating institutions will receive funds for 6-10 interns (based on the budget). Funds are evenly distributed to the 10 participating campuses. 

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