Click on the appropriate button below to apply using the official General Assembly recruiting system. Applicants must submit the following application materials when they apply:

  • Cover letter explaining why he or she is applying
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript

The deadlines to apply are as follows:

  • Spring term deadline is December 1st.
  • Summer term deadline is April 1st.
  • Fall term deadline is August 1st.


The General Assembly’s Legislative Internship, Summer Clerk and Externship programs provide students with professional work experience and a unique opportunity to interact with elected officials and learn more about the legislative process. The programs provide valuable work experience for undergraduate and graduate students, particularly those with an interest in political science, public administration, law, and a career in public service.

Students are eligible to work a Spring, Summer, or Fall term. The Spring term begins on January 1st and ends on April 30th. The Summer term begins on May 1st and ends on August 30th. The Fall term begins on September 1st and ends on December 31st.

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • An applicant must either attend a North Carolina school or be a permanent North Carolina resident attending a school out of state.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Interns may work a maximum of 24 hours per week. Summer Clerks may work up to 40 hours per week. Interns are responsible for their own housing during the internship period.


Speaker of the House Tim Moore with House interns

Speaker of the House Tim Moore with House interns

"Working as an intern in the North Carolina General Assembly was incredibly rewarding. I was not only able to learn more about the legislative process, but I was able to form great lifelong relationships with legislators and staff. The NCGA internship program equips interns with useful real-world experience and allows students to take their love for political science outside of the classroom."
Kye Laughter, N.C. House Intern – 2019 Session

"I loved my time as an intern at the North Carolina General Assembly. It is an exciting place where you meet a lot of people who are invested in your success. It is beneficial as you are learning and figuring out your career goals because you get to engage on several policy areas. I would highly recommend this internship program to anyone interested in politics, policy, or government work."

Carlye Wittek, N.C. House Intern – 2019 Session
My summer internship at the North Carolina General Assembly has been incredibly educational and full of exciting opportunities to contribute to the legislative process. Outside of sitting in on committee meetings and Senate sessions, I worked directly with the Boards and Commissions office to fill vacancies for groups across the state. Additionally, I spent time researching pending legislation and often corresponded with constituents about their concerns. Without a doubt, I recommend that you apply to this internship program. You won’t regret it!"
Dustin Humphries, N.C. Senate Intern – 2020 Session
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger with Senate intern Dustin Humphries

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger with Senate intern Dustin Humphries