Student Opportunities

NC IDEA has three different opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to support our work and engage directly with NC startups. Competitive candidates for all opportunities will have a demonstrated interest in startups and entrepreneurship. 


Fellows will specifically be involved in the process of evaluating and selecting grant recipients for the NC IDEA SEED ($50K) grant program. This program consists of a year-long/two-semester fellowship (spring and fall semesters) and is targeted at first year MBA students, but students into their second year of an MBA and in other related graduate programs are welcome to apply. This opportunity comes with a stipend or can provide course credit, depending on school policy.

This program is ideal for students interested in 1) having an investment career with an angel/venture capital firm or 2) entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded students looking to enhance their knowledge of the startup landscape in North Carolina and/or gain a better understanding of how young ventures are evaluated by investors.

The application for Spring 2022/Fall 2022 is currently closed.


Summer Graduate Fellowship

Fellows receive the opportunity to work directly with emerging startups who have received NC IDEA SEED and MICRO grants or participated in NC IDEA LABS. This is a paid, full-time, 10-week commitment during June-August. While the opportunity is targeted at first year MBA candidates, students in other graduate programs with corresponding interest are also encouraged to apply.

This program is ideal for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded graduate students 1) looking to enhance their knowledge of challenges facing startups and the overall startup landscape in North Carolina, 2) considering working with startups after graduation, or 3) planning on an investment career with an angel/venture capital firm. 

Applications for Summer 2022 are currently being accepted until positions are filled. For full consideration, please review the full job description and apply here.

Watch or view slides from our Fall 2021 virtual info session to learn more about this opportunity.

Summer Undergraduate Internship

Interns will learn about startups and the organizations across North Carolina that support entrepreneurship.  The internship is specifically targeted at entrepreneurially-minded undergraduate students who identify as a female, person of color, or reside in a hometown in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 economically distressed county of North Carolina.  Representing more than one of these criteria is a plus. This is a paid, full-time, 10-week commitment during June-August.  

This program is ideal for undergraduate students with 1) a real interest in startups and entrepreneurship, no matter what your major or 2) a desire, following graduation, to become involved in a startup company or organization supporting startups in North Carolina.

The application for Summer 2022 is currently closed.