Company Description:

NC IDEA is a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to empower North Carolinians to reach their full entrepreneurial potential. We accomplish this mission through grants and mentorship programs for startup founders, and through grants to organizations around the state who help entrepreneurs. Learn more at

Our historical focus has been high-tech, venture backable startups, which meant we worked mostly with companies based in the Research Triangle Park. In 2018, we committed to broaden our reach and intentionally grow our support of under-represented, under-served, and under-resourced entrepreneurs, particularly those in economically distressed counties in North Carolina.

One way we want to do this is to provide internship opportunities for under-represented students with the goal of helping to create a more diverse group of future entrepreneurs.

Internship Job Description:

This paid internship will provide a fantastic experience with an organization at the center of North Carolina’s startup ecosystem. You will learn about startups and the organizations across North Carolina that support startups. The specific projects that you will work on will depend on our needs in the summer and your skills and background. Past NC IDEA interns have worked on:

The position is 40 hours per week and requires a commitment of 10 weeks during the summer. Exact dates are flexible to meet the student’s schedule. The salary is $15/hour. If applicable, interns may also receive class credit for this work and are responsible for making those arrangements with their instructor(s).

Type and Timing of Internship:

Full TimeSummer

Internship Location:

320 Blackwell Street Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701


Application Instructions:

Submit a cover letter and resume that are specifically tailored for this opportunity, along with an unofficial transcript here:

Primary Contact and Email:

Summer 2020 Internship Program For Under-Represented Student Entrepreneurs