Your Career

Some students enter college already knowing what they want to do for a career, and they’re here to receive the proper preparation. Others have no idea what career field might be right for them; they came here to find out. And lots of students are somewhere in the middle: they have some career-related inclinations, but they’re not sure which inclinations they should act on. No matter which of those students you are, NC State provides a wide variety of ways for you to kick-start your career explorations.

Career Development Center

NC State’s Career Development Center is the go-to place for students who want to gain real-world professional experience, whether through internships, cooperative education, or employment. The center’s staff will help you with resumes, interviews, job searches, and other aspects of preparing to enter the professional world.

ePACK

The Career Development Center’s ePACK system is an online resource that NC State students can use to apply for entry-level jobs. ePACK is also NC State’s leading source of information on internships.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a unique opportunity for students to alternate full-time academic work with time spent working in a real-world job in their chosen field. Co-op jobs give students irreplaceable experience they couldn’t get any other way—and co-op jobs pay full entry-level professional wages, too.

Short-Term Experiential Partnership program

The STEP program allows students to earn academic credit by spending a semester working in local businesses, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. Each of STEP’s three programs places students in a different work setting: prelaw, business and industry, and community and government organizations.

Undergraduate research

NC State is a global leader in providing opportunities for undergraduates to conduct original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Undergraduates in all disciplines — from anthropology, history, design and English to physics, microbiology and turfgrass management — can engage in the excitement of scholarly research. Opportunities are available during the fall and spring semesters as well as the summer. NC State also offers Undergraduate Research Grant Awards to help students expand the field of knowledge in their chosen discipline.

Undergraduate Research opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a comprehensive list of undergraduate research opportunities on campus. These opportunities range across every college at NC State, making it easy for you to expand your mind and advance knowledge at the same time.

Summer Research Experience programs

NC State offers a number of Summer Research Experience programs that give students valuable academic and professional preparation for careers involving research. The programs — in fields ranging from chemistry to engineering to biostatistics — allow students to meet faculty in their discipline, network with like-minded peers and hone critical research skills.

College-Specific Professional Opportunities

NC State’s colleges administer their own professional preparation programs for students who are getting degrees within the college. Staff and faculty in the colleges combine deep knowledge of the field with the personal touch that NC State is known for, making them an invaluable resource for your professional education.

CALS Internships

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can choose from a wide variety of internships, ranging from animal science with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to accounting and finance with a successful agribusiness.

Engineering Career Fair

The Engineering Career Fair sponsored by the College of Engineering is one of the nation’s largest career fairs for engineering students.

CHASS Internships

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences internship program is open to all CHASS majors who want to earn academic credit while they gain workplace experience.

Poole College of Management Career Development Center

Students in the Poole College of Management have access to a rich array of resources—including internships, co-ops, and job opportunities—through the college’s Career Development Center.