What the 2016 Interns said about their time with the NCACC...
“Every two weeks we would travel to different counties with a NCACC representative to meet county officials. The executive director of NCACC, Kevin Leonard, took us to Rockingham County for a commissioner’s meeting. County managers taught us much related to local government, from county budgets to school funding. Some county managers also talked about their individual working experiences, which gave me some inspirations about my career plan.“
Jingjing Gao, UNC Pembroke
“Experiencing the NC Association of County Commissioners Graduate Internship has exposed me to the daily functioning of county government. Through this program, I was able to connect and build relationships with state representatives, senators, lobbyists, board of commissioners and county managers. Upon completion of the internship, I was able to establish a mentorship with one of the county managers we visited to further discuss my career goals. I am so thankful for having this opportunity because it has provided me with the resources to inform members of my community about the importance of county government.”
Dominique Walker, NC Central University
Internship Program Overview
Summer 2017 internships have been filled. Please check back for summer 2018.
The NCACC invites publicly-minded graduate and undergraduate upperclassmen students to apply for our internship program. With a focus on gaining real-world experience working in local government, interns will participate in a variety of activities and develop a sense of what it means to be a part of “Team County.”
Undergraduate students will participate in a rotation through several key association functions including government affairs and advocacy, public policy research, communications, and association management and member services. In addition, they will travel the state with two of our field staff, visiting and working with local government leaders across North Carolina.
Graduate students will focus primarily on particular projects for the entire summer, leaving with concrete examples of public sector work that represent their best efforts in a real world setting. Graduate students will also go on field visits and be a part of life at the NC General Assembly.
Both graduate and undergraduate interns will participate in lunches and get-togethers with public policy makers and influencers throughout the summer.
As a capstone to the summer internship program, interns will be asked to make a presentation to the NCACC’s Board of Directors, and be a part of the organization’s Annual Conference in Durham County, NC.
Depending on the structure of the internship, interns may be paid a competitive hourly rate based on the level of education attained to date.