RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until December 16th to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2014.

All internships will begin on May 27, 2014 and conclude on August 1, 2014.

The 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet describing all available rules and opportunities is now online.

The State Government Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces.

Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service. More than 3,600 students have participated since the program was established in 1970.

"In the current job market, it is tough for college students to find paid employment opportunities that equip them with relevant and meaningful professional experience in their field of study," said Stephanie Nantz, Executive Director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.

"This program does just that, as well as assist state agencies with accomplishing their missions."

Paid summer internships are available in locations across the state.

They provide North Carolina students with compensated professional work experience that integrates education, career development and public service.

Opportunities exist in numerous recognized fields of study, from accounting to zoology, and interns will also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. Interns will earn a stipend of $8.25 per hour and work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer.

To be eligible for the program, a student must be a permanent North Carolina resident with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and have graduated from high school and subsequently completed their sophomore year of college before beginning the internship. Community college students must complete their first year before beginning the internship.

Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program. To qualify for a position designated for law interns, a student must have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship.  Students having previously held paid internships at the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office are not eligible to apply.

Interns are selected through a competitive process overseen by the NC Internship Council. Selection is based on a review of applications by the Council, student interviews with prospective supervisors, academic records, participation in extracurricular activities and interest in state government.

For more information, please visit the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office by clicking here or by phone at 919-807-4400. Information is also available in campus career services or cooperative education offices.