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Rural Works!

Rural Works!

Hire a NC State University Engineering Intern This Summer.

NC State University’s Rural Works! program connects students to rural communities through paid summer internships.

Why Should You Hire a NC State University Engineering Intern?

  1. Expand Your Talent Pool: You will have access to the best and brightest pool of potential employees before they enter the post-graduation job market. Develop a pathway of ongoing talent for your company.

  2. Financial Support Available to Qualified Manufacturers: You must agree to pay the intern $10 per hour and if your organization is located in Tier 1 or Tier 2 distressed county, NC State University College of Engineering will supplement the intern pay with an additional $15 per hour, plus a participation stipend. This financial support will make the internship opportunity at your facility competitive with urban areas in the state to attract the top candidates.

  3. Fulfill Workforce Labor Needs: Address your workforce labor shortage with talented and eager engineering students. Accomplish the projects you haven’t had time or labor to complete with immediate assistance.

  4. Receive Program Support: You will receive ongoing support from Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) Regional Managers and Rural Works! staff in creating and sustaining the position.

  5. Embrace Innovative Thinking: NC State University engineering students will provide fresh ideas, innovative thought processes, and new effective solutions to your organization.

  6. Invest in Your Community: You can help build a stronger community when you hire an engineering intern who can plant their roots in your area. Showcase your community as a place to grow careers and enjoy a high quality lifestyle.

Deadline Approaching – Sign up now to participate in Rural Works!

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The Rural Works! internship program supports NC State University’s commitment to social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina. The program offers an engaging internship experience for high-caliber engineering students who work with employers in rural Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties.

Rural Works! is a partnership between the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the industrial extension service for the College of Engineering. Rural Works! seeks undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors, backgrounds, and skill sets. Internships include opportunities with manufacturing, private, public, and nonprofit employers in rural counties.

Employer Requirements

    • Your company must be located in or work with a Tier 1 or 2, rural community in North Carolina
    • Agree to compensate the engineering intern minimum of $10 per hour for 40 hours a week for 10-12 weeks
    • Provide interns with interim and post-internship feedback
    • Provide each intern 8 hours of compensated time to participate in community service 


Your IES Regional Manager Can Help You Participate in Rural Works!

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), the industrial extension and outreach team of NC State University College of Engineering, is connecting companies with engineering students for summer internships.

Your IES Regional Manager can help you through the process:

  • Submit Employer Interest Forms (October-November)
  • Write Internship Job Description (October-November)
  • Develop Interview Questions (December-January)
  • Follow-up During the Internship Period (March-August)

Contact your IES Regional Manager: 1.800.227.0264 or

Read a success story about the Rural Works! program

   Read about the Schindler Elevator Corporation experience with Rural Works!

Hear about Rural Works! From the Students

Visit Rural Works! Summer 2021 Internships – YouTube to review their impactful project work and hear about what their internship experience through Rural Works! meant to them

“If not for the Rural Works! program, it would have been very difficult to find myself working outside of Raleigh and still managing to pay for schooling expenses. I have been blessed by the program.”
—Kaleb Jessup, fourth year engineering student and Rural Works! intern