NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program

The North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship Program, which began in 2015, was created to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s HBCUs with major corporations and businesses in the private sector throughout the state.

The program provides interns with an immersive professional experience that will increase their competitiveness in the job market. In turn, corporations and businesses are directly exposed to a diverse pool of high performing students with the ultimate goal of recruiting and retaining valuable talent within North Carolina. Studies show that seven out of 10 internships turn into full-time jobs.

The summer internships are paid, full-time positions for rising juniors and seniors who possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8, are active in student organizations, and have the ability to communicate well. Opportunities are open to all majors.

Read about the 2021 interns.


North Carolina is home to 13% of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Five of those campuses are publicly funded and the other five are private. The state is home to Shaw University, the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. It is also home to the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation, North Carolina Central University; and home to the largest HBCU in the nation, North Carolina A&T State University.

  • Bennett College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Livingstone College
  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Shaw University
  • Winston-Salem State University


Funded by the state, the UNC System Office serves as the oversight agency for the program with primary responsibilities for budget management, compliance, assessment, and reporting.



Current corporate partners

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has been committed to making health care better, simpler and more affordable since 1933. And, we’ve been driving better health in North Carolina for generations, working to tackle our communities’ greatest health challenges. Our purpose is to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities – we won’t stop until health care is better for all.

Coca-Cola Consolidated

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God in all we do, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. For over 118 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia to over 66 million consumers. 


As a global technology leader, Lenovo touches the lives of millions of people from all walks of life—from the talent that we employ around the world to the solutions and experiences we deliver to our customers. Poised at the forefront of the next wave of technological innovation, we are ushering in an era of Intelligent Transformation. In this bold new era big data, 5G, mobile, smart devices, and AI harness the power of technology to deliver new models for how we live, work, and play. As an intern at Lenovo, you are part of a company where all add value, and all belong. You team together with trust and respect in support of each other and our global community. Around here, no matter how you look, sound, dress or spell your name – no matter what your title your role, or your market – you’re on the team. We believe great ideas comes from anywhere and we need the unique perspective and talent you bring. What makes you you, makes Lenovo better.


LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world.

Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group, a Fortune 250 company with over 10,000 employees, provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence. Our core business areas — Life Insurance, Annuities, Retirement Plan Services and Group Protection — focus on supporting, preserving and enhancing over 17 million customer’s lifestyles and retirement outcomes.

Lowe’s Home Improvement

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 20 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2020 sales of nearly $90 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit

Parker LORD

Parker LORD is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies. For more than 90 years, Parker LORD has worked in collaboration with our customers to provide innovative automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, defense, and industrial solutions. Parker LORD is a wholly owned subsidiary of Parker Hannifin Corporation.

State Farm

Like a good neighbor, State Farm ® is there, for all of life’s moments. We know that a better world tomorrow starts with a strong neighborhood today. With a passion for serving customers and giving back in our communities, we’ve been doing well by doing good for almost 100 years. As a community of good neighbors, we bring diverse skills, backgrounds, and experiences to share perspectives and ideas to help each other and our neighborhoods grow safer, stronger, and better educated.

John Moore State Farm Agency

Ola Stinnett State Farm Agency

Zonya Autmon State Farm Agency


Syngenta’s culture is diverse and inclusive, and our work is meaningful and rewarding. We help farmers grow healthy and affordable food, provide commercial flower growers with wonderful garden blooms that brighten our world, and care for public health with our solutions for professional pest managers. From helping to feed the world sustainably, to keeping people safe, we work with a variety of professionals across the value chain to make people’s lives better. Our work [really] matters. 

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of all middle market companies in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending; Commercial Banking; Corporate and Investment Banking; and Wealth and Investment Management. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories