Internships are not a degree requirement, however, the planning program strongly encourages students to pursue planning-related internships. Internships provide students with real-world experience that employers look for and a competitive edge in the job market. Up to three hours of academic credit is available for internship, and internship credits can count as an elective toward fulfilling degree requirements. Typically, students sign up for PLAN 3038 (a PLAN elective) for three hours credit (minimum 150 hours of work) and complete the internship during a summer session following their junior year of study. However, internships can be completed at other times as well. Students may also intern with an agency without academic credit.
The planning program routinely notifies students about available internship opportunities throughout the academic year. It is the student's responsibility to secure an internship. Some internships offer pay and some do not. Students are encouraged to take the initiative to pursue an internship with a public or private agency that is closely aligned with their professional goals and interests.
Internship placements in the last few years have included Pitt County, Edgecombe County, the City of New Bern, and the Mid-East Commission. Students seeking internships are not limited to area employers and may pursue work in other regions and states. Internship positions within North Carolina can be found through the links below. You may also contact the Internship Coordinator for more information:
Dr. Misun Hur
Urban and Regional Planning Program Interim Director
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Kenneth Staton, a Senior Planning student discussing his SECU Public Fellow Internship
experience with Windsor-Bertie County Chamber of Commerce, 2017.
Video at: https://www.ednc.org/2017/09/28/internships-blow-mind/