Internships help students gain valuable work experience, define interests, sharpen skills, evaluate plans for employment or graduate studies and make professional connections. Frequently, internships open the door the full-time job opportunities after graduation.
If the Director of Career Development and/or the Dean of Faculty are not available to sign your contract, please leave it with the Registrar’s Office- they will get the necessary signatures for you
UNCG provides housing for students from any college or university doing summer internships in the Greensboro area
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Micro and Virtual Internships
Parker Dewey: Projects on Parker Dewey come from a variety of industries and disciplines. From working directly with an entrepreneur to supporting a large enterprise, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different roles and company cultures. You’ll find assignments for marketing like copywriting and working in social media, sales projects like lead generation, operations tasks like building reports, and more.
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CapSource: Custom learning engagements. Once you’re matched and the project’s been scoped, your project is ready to go! They’ll send you everything you need to ensure you’re set-up for success. From technology, legal paperwork, project scopes, deliverable requirements, and feedback instruments, CapSource is here to help you gain real work experience through their specialized consulting projects!
Sports / Personal Fitness
Health Care / Kinesiology / Science / Animals
Art / Theatre / Dance
Publishing / Media
Environmental (from UNCG’s Dept of Geography, Environment and Sustainability)
Deep Roots Cooperative Market – Deep Roots Market exists to provide healthy food at a fair price for our community. They work with over 100 local producers and farmers. They will accept interns for ongoing special projects for a variety of interests and are open to tailoring one to your specific skill set or your research interests. Interns will have set expectations and hours and will report directly to the General Manager or another appointed manager for the duration of the internship. Contact the General Manager with a 1-page cover letter and a 1-page resume to express your interest in an internship.
Edible Schoolyard Greensboro – Part of the Greensboro Children’s Museum, The Edible Schoolyard Greensboro empowers children and families to cultivate healthy communities through food education. Interns will spend a semester immersed in this unique 1/2 acre teaching garden atmosphere assisting garden staff to maintain and expand the space, interacting with guests, and learning about seed to table education.
Piedmont Environmental Center – Work on environmental education projects for schoolchildren and other groups who visit the Center. Specific duties might include designing curricular materials, teaching classes, or conducting nature walks. The best opportunities are in the fall and spring semesters, when public schools are in session.
Greensboro Science Center – The Center has an established internship program in which interns rotate through its various departments (zoo, exhibits, education etc.) and then specialize in the area that interests them most. Internships are usually available only in the summer.
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Depending on the needs of the agency, internships can be be arranged in a number of settings, including state parks, the DENR regional office in Winston Salem, which focuses mainly on water quality work, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh.
North Carolina Sierra Club Chapter – Various internship opportunities are available in areas such as public education, organizing local communities to fight environmental problems, and background research for use in lobbying government about environmental problems. The state headquarters office is in Raleigh. Internships are possible during the academic year but are easier to arrange in the summer.
Piedmont Plateau Sierra Club Group – Work with volunteer activists in the local Sierra Club Group on Group projects in areas such as environmental education of the public, nature conservation, recruitment of members and activists, lobbying, and program planning. Specific projects will vary with the needs of the local Group during the time of the internship. Internships are generally possible each semester and in the summer.
Greensboro Red Cross – Internships focus on response to natural disasters and might involve working on response planning and responding to small scale local disasters.
UNCG Office of Sustainability – The UNCG Sustainability Office is responsible for transforming UNCG into a sustainable campus. Depending on the needs of the Office and the interests of the student, internships might focus on environmental education for students and staff, assisting the staff in preparing sustainability inventories and reports of various kinds, and working with various UNCG departments on projects such as sustainable grounds keeping, developing and promoting recycling programs, and promoting bicycle and mass transit use. Internships are generally possible each semester and in the summer.
Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch, Greensboro Public Library – Work closely with the environmental librarian at this branch of the Greensboro library, which has a special emphasis on the environment. Tasks might include planning programs and special events concerning the environment and helping with the library’s gardening and outdoor education projects to educate children about the outdoors, nature, and gardening.
Piedmont Land Conservancy – The Piedmont Land Conservancy works to protect valuable land in Piedmont North Carolina by purchasing it or arranging to put it under legal protection from development. Most of the work is of a fairly technical nature, so students with significant course work in geography and biology are most likely to be needed.
Guilford County Extension, School Garden Network – Work in a program to teach school children in High Point about gardening and nature by developing school gardens. This internship is only available in the fall and spring semesters and requires the scheduling flexibility to be in the schools eight hours a week at the times when the program staff are working in the schools.
Guilford County Environmental Health – Interns rotate through various divisions in this office, which inspects restaurants, swimming pools, and installation and repair of well and septic systems, and handles toxic spills. An internship here would be good preparation for a career as a North Carolina Registered Environmental Health Specialist, which requires at least 30 hours of science courses.
Guilford Courthouse National Park – Work with Park Rangers on a variety of tasks including answering questions from the public, making presentations about nature and military history, removing invasive species, and working on exhibits. This internship is available during regular semesters and the summer, but there are more opportunities in the summer.
Guilford County Open Space Program – Interns will learn about the functioning of the Open Space Program, which acquires and manages open space for Guilford County. They might be involved in writing stewardship plans for the Open Space Program’s nature preserves, assisting with implementation of the stewardship plans (including trail design, signage, and other property improvements), and working on organizing public events, such as volunteer clean-ups and educational field trips, on open space properties.
Carolina Fibre Corporation – This firm is a major local recycler of waste fiber, but they also recycle paper, aluminum, and plastics. Environmental Studies interns might work on projects like identifying potential new sources of recyclable materials and sales. This is a good opportunity for students who might want to work in environmentally friendly businesses.
Commissioning WorCx – This firm works on helping organizations that are upgrading their heating or cooling systems to get the most out of their new equipment. Their work is not only about the technical/engineering side of things, but also about training employees and designing work systems that will help to make the new equipment work at its highest efficiency. An especially good internship for someone interested in environmentally efficient buildings.
City of Greensboro, Water Resources Department – This internship involves working in various tasks related to maintain the purity of Greensboro’s water supply. This can include lab testing at the water treatment plant, field visits to test water at houses where people have complained of poor water quality, and drawing and processing water samples from city reservoirs. Candidates should have significant course work and lab experience in chemistry.
Office of Research and Economic Development – This internship is best suited to someone who wants to be an environmental or science writer. The primary duty is gathering necessary information and writing copy for magazine articles, web pages, or press releases about environmental research and other environmental activities at UNCG. This internship is best suited for students who have taken writing and/or journalism courses
League of Conservation Voters – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), a non-partisan, non-profit environmental advocacy organization, offers an internship focused on political organizing. Interns will assist in reaching out to the community to establish what environmental issues citizens are concerned about. LCV also works to put pressure on lawmakers in both political parties to pass sound environmental policies. Tasks for interns may include making phone calls to the community, asking people to sign petitions and letters to lawmakers, and helping to organize events.
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Information for International Students***
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International Students may engage in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) internships (which can be paid) under certain conditions. The internship must be related to the student’s degree and the student must receive some kind of credit for the internship.(“DEPT” 3800 internship course). For CPT, students must have completed their first year at university and they must apply for authorization on their student visa and receive an updated I-20 form before they can begin their internship.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is designed to permit international students to gain practical experience in their major field of study. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) permits international students to gain this experience either before of after graduation, but restricts the total amount of time to 12 months.
To qualify for optional practical training before graduation, an F-1 student must have been in lawful status for nine consecutive months. Students may engage in optional practical training before graduation during vacation periods or during the academic year. The training is limited to part-time (20 hours per week) while school is in session. Students may work full-time (40 hours per week) during vacation periods.
***Obtaining permission to engage in optional practical training before graduation takes two to three months because students must obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from DHS.
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