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Below are internship experiences offered on and off East Carolina University's campus. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and advise you to seek out internships in your academic discipline as well by visiting your college's website.

Brody School of Medicine & Honors College Internship Program at ECHI

The East Carolina University Honors College internship at the East Carolina Heart Institute provides an interactive clinical and scientific summer program. Students are exposed to laboratory research methods and clinical procedures, as well as the ambience of an integrated cardiovascular disease program. For 6 weeks (full-time) student interns are immersed in daily clinical activities of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, which include observing robotic cardiac surgical operations as well cardiac catheterization procedures. The program is supervised by Dr. Wiley Nifong, an internationally recognized surgeon who helped pioneer robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. The program is noted for personal interaction between student interns and our faculty and is devoted to spawning early interest in cardiovascular science and medicine. At the end of the internship, each student will have his/her name engraved on a plaque that is housed in the robotics lab.

BSOM/HC Heart Institute Internship Program Application - Summer 2016 (PDF)

The Smithsonian

Each of the Smithsonian's museums and many of its research institutes and offices offer college-level and post graduate internships. This web site coordinates a centralized internship application referral service to all Smithsonian internship programs and also a fellowship program on the museums practices.

Walt Disney Internship Program

This internship offers a semester or summer College Program and then once that is completed, an Advanced Internship.

The Washington Center

The TWC is a center for anyone interested in an internship with a government agency.

U.S. Department of State

Describes programs available to those interested in foreign affairs. Some are offered in Washington D.C., while others are located in overseas embassies.  Includes both paid and unpaid positions.

Supreme Court of the United States

Opportunities for students to intern with the Office of the Curator at the Supreme Court of the United States.

North Carolina State Government

Consider an internship with the North Carolina State Government Internship Program. You'll assert initiative and creativity through hands-on involvement and problem solving as you gain essential work experience, improve your résumé, and use what you've learned at school.

The Science Undergrad Lab Internship

This internship supports the advancement of undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science and engineering. SULI prepares students to pursue professional careers and graduate school opportunities by providing direct exposure to Ames Laboratory's research facilities, scientists, and technical staff.

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health

This is a 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians by building an inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $350 million to statewide, regional, and community-based organizations in all 100 counties in North Carolina.  Internships and fellowships are available through the Foundation.

NC Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students that provide unique opportunities for professional growth and development within a museum setting. In addition, the Museum benefits from the work and contributions made by the intern toward the goals and daily activities of the Museum. Internships are non-compensated, but students gain valuable experience working at the Museum and may be able to earn educational credits for their work.

ART 4010: Work Experience in the Visual Arts and Design

This 140 hour internship is available through the class listing on OneStop. It can be taken during any semester including during the summer. This is a completely hands-on internship at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge (Emerge Gallery).  This internship will grant the opportunity to learn professional skills in the arts while assisting with the day-to-day operations of the gallery and the Arts Council. The intern will have weekly shifts at the Arts Council depending on the applicant's schedule. The intern will assist the staff in the following: sales, exhibition installation, organizing, database entry, class instruction, grant research, public art projects, etc. The internship will count as a 3- credit hour elective course and is open to all students regardless of major.  For more information please email, or call Holly Garriott at 252-551-6947.


In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, Honors College students have pursued internships with the U.S. Golf Association, Brody School of Medicine, Eastern Pines EMS, SWIFT, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and many more organizations.  To read about these experiences and how they have impacted our students, please visit the Honors College Living & Learning Blog.  

For additional help finding an internship that is right for you, consult the ECU Career Center.

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