About Rural Works!

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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.

Rural Works! was created by a partnership between the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and NC State Extension. Rural Works! seeks undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors, backgrounds, and skillsets. Internships include opportunities with private, public, and nonprofit employers in rural counties.

Benefits to Students

  • Paid summer internship
  • An orientation training session is provided for participants to ensure a successful and meaningful internship experience.
  • StrengthsFinder assessment and training with a certified StrengthsFinder coach
  • Career coaching after completion of the internship
  • Experience living and working in rural communities
  • Apply knowledge from the classroom to the workplace
  • Gain professional work experience
  • Explore potential career paths
  • Develop career readiness skills
  • Participate in community engagement activities

Benefits to Employers

  • Access to a pool of talented NC State student applicants
  • Immediate assistance with projects
  • A “first look” at potential employees
  • Support from Rural Works! Staff in creating and sustaining the position
  • Showcase your community as a place to establish careers
  • Develop a pathway of talent for your company and community

Contact Us

Students and employers with questions should contact Rebekah Dunstan at rrdunsta@ncsu.edu or 919.515.1575