NC IDEA’s historical focus has been high-tech, venture backable startups, which meant we worked mostly with companies based in the Research Triangle Park. In 2018, we committed to broaden our reach and intentionally grow our support of under-represented, under-served and under-resourced entrepreneurs, particularly those in economically distressed counties in North Carolina.

In furtherance of this commitment, NC IDEA is offering a Summer 2020 Internship for under-represented students with the goal of helping to create a more diverse group of future entrepreneurs.

About the Internship

This paid internship will provide a fantastic experience with an organization at the center of North Carolina’s startup ecosystem. You will learn about startups and the organizations across North Carolina that support startups. The specific projects that you will work on will depend on our needs in the summer, as well as your skills and background. Past NC IDEA interns have worked on:

  • Projects that support the work of NC IDEA:
    • Researching, updating and analyzing data about the North Carolina entrepreneurial ecosystem and startups around the state
    • Improving and updating our website and social media content, including case studies on the companies that receive our grants
    • Assisting in the execution of our programs and seminars
  • Projects that support one or more of our grant recipient companies, such as:
    • Market research or competitive analysis
    • Web and social media content
    • Other research activities

Key characteristics that we seek are:

  • First and foremost, we are looking for undergraduate or graduate students with a keen interest in startups and entrepreneurship, no matter what your major, as demonstrated by having taken an introduction to entrepreneurship class, started a business, worked at a startup or some other specific way.
  • Skill or interest in one of the many areas that could be useful to NC IDEA or one of our grant recipients.
  • A desire, following graduation, to become involved in a startup company or organization supporting startups in North Carolina.
  • You must 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 internship is 40 hours per week and requires a commitment of 10 weeks during the summer. The internship is located in Durham, NC and exact dates are flexible to meet the student’s schedule. The salary is $15/hour. If applicable, interns may also receive class credit for this work and are responsible for making those arrangements with their instructor(s).

How To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume that are specifically tailored for this opportunity, along with an unofficial transcript here.

The application deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020.  Interviews will take place in late January and early February with selection by the end of February.