DEQ HBCU Internship Program

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is excited to announce this new internship program for Summer 2023! The 10-week summer internship program, in partnership with North Carolina’s HBCUs and MIHEs, will provide students with valuable real-world experience in STEM careers and the opportunities to learn about careers in the public sector.  Essential components of the program include professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities. 

Science Intern


Who Should Apply?

HBCU students currently pursuing a STEM career that my be considering careers in the public sector.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Must be a current student continuing their education in the Fall 2023 – or – a December 2022 or May 2023 graduate
  • Must be a current student attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or a Minority Institution of Higher Education (MIHE) in the state of North Carolina or be a Resident of North Carolina and attend an HBCU/MIHE in another State.
  • Must work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer and will be paid $16/hour (Rising Sophomore), $18/hour (Rising Junior or Senior), $20/hour (Attending Graduate School in the Fall)

Current HBCU Opportunities & Deadlines 

Position Title Location Pay Rate Application Deadline
Animal Feeding Operations  Raleigh $16 - $20/Hr. April 7, 2023
PFAS Sources Evaluation Raleigh $16 - $20/Hr. April 7, 2023
PFAS Sources Inventory Raleigh $16 - $20/Hr. April 7, 2023
Post-Construction Stormwater Wilmington $16 - $20/Hr. April 7, 2023


Ready to Apply?

Email the following to

  1. Cover letter including your first and second internship preferences

  2. Resume

  3. Transcript of undergraduate or graduate records (official or unofficial transcripts are accepted)

Academic Credit

Some colleges give credit for internships. Students are responsible for arranging with their schools to receive credit.

Short-term Housing Opportunities

UNCW Summer Intern Housing


NCSU Summer Intern Housing


Shaw University Summer Intern Housing


Morehead City Student Housing Opportunities

Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach