Deadline extended for summer state internships, including one for the N.C. State Fair

Come be part of our team!  Students, here is your chance to apply to be part of the State Fair press office, aka the Deep Fried Crew. Sounds awesome, right?

Tell me more, you say…

The Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office has extended its deadline to Jan. 16 for students to apply for a paid summer internship. Included in the nearly 100 internship listings is one for a public relations and social media intern for the N.C. State Fair. The internships are offered through the N.C. Department of Administration and are 40 hours a week for 10 weeks this summer. The internship begins May 26 and ends July 31.

To be eligible, students must be permanent North Carolina residents with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, have graduated high school and must have completed their sophomore year of college. Community college students must complete their first year of school. Students who have previously held a paid YAIO internship are not eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed and selected by the N.C. Internship Council and then potential candidates are interviewed by the internship supervisor by phone.

Our internship is officially titled, “N.C. State Fair Public Relations Intern – Social Networking and Grassroots Marketing.”  It is internship No. 3 in the catalog (page 10), and we are looking for communication studies, communication, public relations, journalism or advertising and marketing majors.


State Fair intern Rebecca Todd

Sampling new foods is something the Deep Fried Crew does as a public service for blog readers. Pictured is 2013 intern Rebecca Todd, aka Jane Deere.


Paul and Jeff

2011 intern Jeff Miles (aka Tilt-A-Whirl), left, joins 2009 intern Paul Jones (aka Bearded Lady) in taping a video update on daily activities at the State Fair.


The internships are designed to give students real-world experience and exposure to state government as a potential career option. Internships cover a range of majors.

“In the current job market, it is tough for college students to find paid employment opportunities that equip them with relevant and meaningful professional experience in their field of study,” said Stephanie Nantz, executive director of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.  “This program does just that, as well as assist state agencies with meeting their missions.”

The N.C. State Fair has been fortunate to have had great summer interns in the past through this program, so if you think you have what it takes, fill out your application and get it postmarked by Jan. 16 to start the process.

Click here to find out more about all the YAIO internships being offered.





About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 252 days during the past 24 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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