2018 Helms Agricultural Legislative Internship Program

Students conduct business at the Hunt Library. Photo by Marc Hall

Students majoring in agricultural degree programs from NC State and NC A&T  have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship opportunity that takes place in Washington, DC in either a North Carolina U.S. senator’s or representative’s office.

Here is the application for the 2018 Senator Jesse Helms Agricultural Legislative Internship Program. Due by Friday, January 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Students must submit application materials to Carol Reilly (creilly@ncsu.edu) by January 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

Selected students will live in Washington, DC from mid-May through late July 2018. Recipient(s) will receive a stipend to cover a portion of their living expenses during the internship.

The Helms Internship Program was established on April 5, 2005 following the retirement of Senator Jesse Helms to honor his public service to North Carolina’s agricultural community. The stipend is funded through an endowment fund that was established from the proceeds raised at a dinner honoring Senator Helms.

Applications will be reviewed through a two-step committee process. The first step will involve a review of the applications by a committee at the university level; those selected from this first-round review will be interviewed by a committee of representatives from North Carolina agriculture and the two universities. Candidates who are selected at the first level of the process will then be interviewed by internship host partners in Washington, DC. The internship host partners will make the final decisions, and one to two recipients will be selected for the Helms Internship Program. Recipients may or may not represent both universities as the decision will be based on the final review process of the internship host partners.

If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please contact Dr. Rhonda Sutton at rhonda_sutton@ncsu.edu.