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Hunt Intern Shevani Mehta and Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. sit together in conversation.

Hunt Internship Program

Young leaders are our future, and the Institute for Emerging Issues fosters North Carolina’s future public policy leaders through its Hunt Internship Program. The program provides a paid, yearlong internship to an NC State University undergraduate interested in a public policy career. The program was founded and endowed by Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., and his wife Carolyn.

The application period typically opens in March each year. For more information, contact IEI Assistant Director Pat Cronin.

What Do Hunt Interns Do?

  • Gain hands-on experience in public policy by working with North Carolinians to address new issues and solve problems facing the state
  • Provide innovative thinking and leadership with an IEI program
  • Learn from professionals with deep experience in public policy, including Gov. Hunt
  • Attend the Emerging Issues Forum, an annual gathering of international, national and statewide thought leaders and stakeholders who discuss challenges and opportunities for North Carolina
  • And more!

From my first day as a Hunt intern, I was uplifted by the positive work environment made possible by my very personable new coworkers, who have generously offered their time, support, and expertise to me. I am very grateful for this experience and the amazing learning opportunities that it has provided!

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Pallavi Patil

2023-24 Hunt Intern