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Rural Works! launched in 2018 and 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! 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 and tremendous opportunities.


Rural Works! Interns

Summer 2024: 187 Interns

Summer 2023: 137 interns

Summer 2022: 99 interns

Summer 2021: 77 interns

Summer 2020: 47 interns

Summer 2019: 41 interns

Summer 2018: 19 interns

Rural Works! Employers

54 out of the 100 counties in North Carolina have a Rural Works! Intern working there in Summer 2024