The Hunt Institute internship program provides current undergraduate and/or graduate students with the opportunity to dive deep into the education policy landscape of North Carolina and beyond, exploring historical context, current challenges, and innovative models with a focus on bipartisanship and research-based solutions.

Internship experiences vary greatly from student to student based on available time commitments, interests, and project streams. The Institute will work directly with each intern to develop a meaningful experience that meets the needs of both the intern and the Institute. Past tasks have included assisting with policy projects and events, including research and writing tasks; logistical support for events; social media support; data compilation and analysis; taking notes at key education meetings; and attending legislative hearings.


Designed for current undergraduate or graduate students, the Institute seeks students who are willing to make a semester’s commitment and a minimum weekly hour commitment that will vary by the internship. While it may be possible to perform some duties remotely, given the collaborative nature of the work and the advantages of team collaboration, priority will be given to individuals that are available to work out of the Institute’s office in Durham, NC.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in education policy, research, data compilation/analysis, and/or nonprofit management and will demonstrate resourcefulness, good judgment and willingness to communicate and ask questions when needed.

All intern applicants should possess the following qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and maintain attention to detail with competing priorities.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to synthesize information and present findings or recommendations to stakeholders;

Academic Credit
Students may receive academic credit for their internship experience. Please contact your school’s appropriate representative to find out specifics regarding internship requirements and potential credit hours. General questions about the internship program may be emailed to [email protected].

Current Internship Opportunities

Future Internship Opportunities

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