Perdue Announces 100 Interns Start Tuesday

One hundred students from our state will take part in summer internships with state agencies, according to Governor Beverly Perdue's office.

The Governor announced Friday 100 North Carolina college, graduate and law students have been selected for 10-week summer internships with state agencies.

This is the 39th year for the N.C. State Government Internship program, which is coordinated by the Youth Advocacy and Involvement office in the Department of Administration.

“There is no better way to learn a job than by doing it, and these outstanding students will be provided a wide range of challenging jobs across state government this summer,” Perdue said. “They will gain real-world job skills that will give them an edge in the competitive job market and, I hope, a strong desire to seek a public service career.”

More than 700 students applied. The internships run from May 26 to July 31. Students are paid $8.25 an hour.

Below are the interns from Eastern Carolina taking part in the program, as listed on the Governor's website:

Beaufort County:
Leonard Lanier of Washington, a graduate student in American history at Louisiana State University, has accepted the Museum Research Historian internship with the Department of Cultural Resources’ Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Craven County:
Leeanna Wallace of New Bern, a sophomore natural resources major at N.C. State University, has accepted the Waterbird internship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Commission in the Morehead City area.

Duplin County:
Erika Kennedy of Beulaville, a junior business administration major at Campbell University, has accepted the Recruitment/Employment Specialist internship with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Human Resources Division in Raleigh.

Whitney Rouse of Kenansville, a junior public policy major at UNC Chapel Hill, has accepted the Policy internship with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in Raleigh.

Krystal Hicks of Mount Olive, a junior accounting major at East Carolina University, has accepted the Accounting/Finance Transition Planning for the North Carolina History Education Center internship with the Department of Cultural Resoruces’ Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens in New Bern.

Halifax County:
Cassandra Johnson of Enfield, a sophomore marketing major at UNC Greensboro, has accepted the Summer Travel Counselor internship with the Department of Commerce’s Tourism, Film and Sports Development Division in Roanoke Rapids.

Hertford County:
Stephanie Northcott of Murfreesboro, a junior political science major at UNC Greensboro, has accepted the Program Quality Improvement internship with the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Guardian ad Litem division in Jackson.

Lenoir County:
Candra Hill of LaGrange, a junior psychology major at Peace College, has accepted the Teen HOPE Coordinator internship with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

Pamlico County:
Shannon Boone of Oriental, a junior biology major at Elon University, has accepted the Sea Turtle Research/Education Specialist internship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Division in Swansboro.

Meredith Holton of Vandemere, a second-year environmental science major at Pamlico Community College, has accepted the Aquarium Summer Conservation Program internship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Pitt County:
Joanna McKnight of Greenville, a junior history major at N.C. State University, has accepted the Architectural Field Studies/Restoration Services Source Book internship with the Department of Cultural Resources’ Historical Resources Division in Greenville.

Virginia Wilkerson of Greenville, a junior business administration major at Meredith College, has accepted the Unauthorized Substance Tax Enforcement Agent internship with the Department of Revenue’s Unauthorized Substance Tax Division in Greenville.

Wayne County:
Johnathan Sutton of Seven Springs, a junior natural resources major at N.C. State University, has accepted the Investigation of State-held Conservation Easements internship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Natural Resources Planning and Conservation Division in Raleigh.

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  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 24, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    While I applaud the hard work of these students in getting these positions, I can't over-look the irony in the arguments given for paying them to do the jobs. "Costs less" "No health care/401k/etc." "Will do the work that others don't want to" These are about the same arguments given for hiring illegal immigrants or that companies have given for getting rid of full-time employees. The same arguments that end up getting the minimum wage raised and have congress trying to buy votes with universal health care and stimulus money.
  • by One of the tax payers on May 23, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    Using the same logic presented by the intern, the money for teachers and other state employees salaries was also in the budget before Bev got in. It would only be common sense to keep who you have before cutting their pay and bringing in new people. Why does nobody in government have or use common sense any longer? I agree it's not the fault of the kids, but of Bev. Still, if I was one of those kids, I could not in good faith take state money knowing others were suffering because of it. That is very telling.
  • by beachbum3 Location: nags head on May 23, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    ALL THAT I CAN SAY IS TO IMPEACH BEV NOW
  • by Ham & Eggs Location: Beaufort County on May 23, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    I am all for interns. I feel this is necessary but when I was a intern I worked for free not pay. I am a state employee and my position was figured in the budget already also. I am taking a 1/2% pay cut in my check next week to help balance a budget. Bev said all state employees had to take a pay cut. Are these interns not state employees also since the state is paying for them. I feel in June they should get a pay cut to. I am a NCAE member also. To the intern and the father of the intern I am still young myself and I may not have been the best of my class but I am still a very outstanding student. I am proud to be a man of integrity (sp.) does that not make me the top of the class! When I was in high school students in shop class got 100's for cussing and partying while I got 80's for working my butt off in business classes go figure! There are loop holes all around but its time BEV makes it fair. I was taught whats fair for the goose is fair for the gander.
  • by Jeff Location: Greenville on May 23, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    So Char-Meck schools are firing/not rehiring 304 teachers due to this budget and here the state goes HIRING and PAYING STUDENTS to have internships during this time of dire financial state. I have a BIG problem with this situation and this woman (perdue).
  • by One of the Interns Location: North Carolina on May 22, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    I want to clarify, just so that everyone is on the same page. The state currently is in a hiring freeze for full-time employees. As an intern, we are paid with different money that is allocated and already planned into the budget. We do not receive overtime, we are not eligible for benefits, 401k, pensions packages, anything. We get a name badge, a parking permit, and a loaner computer. End of story. We are a whole lot cheaper to employ and do a good work. We do a lot of the behind the scenes work that a lot of your government employees don't want to do. Please remember that Beverly Perdue was not in office when last year's budget was set. She was the Lt. Governor, and had no control over the allocations made for interns. Many interns apply through the Youth Advocacy Office, which is a state agency. The application process is very difficult, and requires a lot of time and dedication. To get an internship, especially those mentioned in the article above, is an accomplishment.
  • by Proud Father Location: Good 'ole North Carolina on May 22, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    The students that are working for the state were already planned, and have been planned into the budget for years. We shouldn't be knocking these kids, because most are the best and the brightest in the state. There are many government employees who do not deserve the positions that they are in, and it costs a lot less to employ an intern than a full-time employee. You have to think about pension programs, benefits, and 401k. Way to save money! These kids deserve a congratulations and a good firm handshake, not a slap in the face. We all have to face the fact that we are in the midst of a recession, and we are going to have to tighten up our belts. It sucks, but people are going to lose their jobs. It's inevitable given the financial state of our state and nation. These kids fully deserve their internships and I know each went through a rigorous application process. Congratulations to the interns! We're proud of you!
  • by Chris Location: Washington on May 22, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    She is gone in 2012...
  • by why on May 22, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    why was she put in office, voters voters no dem in 2012
  • by JT Location: Greenville on May 22, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    I am curious... is Bev Perdue taking a pay cut? If not, she should. Right now, I regret voting for Bev. She does not seem to have the best interest of the state or students in mind. Does she have a plan or is she making it up as she goes along?
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