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Internships, Study Abroad and More

Travel the world. Gain real-life experience. Engage with experts in your field.


Nothing beats hands-on experience to learn new skills and explore different careers. Employers hire our students for internships and practicums in all kinds of settings, including:

  • Nonprofits and businesses.
  • Social media and marketing agencies.
  • Government agencies.
  • Hospitals and other medical settings.
  • Publishing houses and magazines.
  • Museums and tourism offices.
  • Sports teams.

You’ll gain useful experience, receive mentoring from your employer and get support and feedback from your faculty liaison. Internships typically culminate in a final project or paper and some form of reflective practice.

Students can work with their advisors to set up internship opportunities.

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Study Abroad

Note: Due to COVID-19, changes have been made to study abroad programming. Find more information here.

From Europe to South America, study abroad allows students to have life-changing experiences, earn academic credit and enhance their resumes. Some programs are designed for groups, while other programs may be a more independent experience.

Short-term programs include:

  • Austria: German Language and Culture in Vienna
  • Botswana: Communication and Public Health
  • Cuba: History, Environment and Culture
  • Italy: History and Italian Studies in Florence
  • United Kingdom: British History and Shakespeare in Oxford

Semester programs include:

  • Australia: University of Adelaide
  • Brazil: Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana
  • Czech Republic: NC State Prague
  • France: Université Catholique de Lille
  • Japan: Sophia University
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Undergraduate Research

Note: Due to COVID-19, changes have been made in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Find more information here.

Mentored research experiences allow our students to develop skills that meet 21st century job market demands. You’ll build long-lasting professional relationships with faculty members and strengthen your academic portfolio for graduate and professional schools.

Here are a few examples of research our undergraduates have conducted alongside faculty mentors:

  • Relationship between emotion regulation and stress.
  • Culture of professional video gaming.
  • Climate change communication through social media.
  • Attitudes toward Spanish dialects among North Carolina Hispanics.
  • Maritime piracy in Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Our college’s Undergraduate Research Awards also provide funding to students to learn the skills needed to become more of an independent researcher.

Social Innovation Fellows

Help solve global issues as an NC State Social Innovation Fellow. This year-long, team-based learning experience enables social entrepreneurs and innovators to consider their impact on humanity and our planet. Fellows explore complex issues and work with business and community leaders to hone leadership skills and craft creative solutions.

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