Join the NCGrowth team as a graduate student analyst

NCGrowth is recruiting excellent, highly-motivated students to work on applied economic development research and business technical assistance projects in rural North Carolina. We hire graduate students from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, ECU, NCCU, NC State, and UNC-Pembroke. Each year we also hire one undergraduate intern from NCCU.

Analysts have the opportunity to work with NCGrowth staff, faculty, and community and business leaders on impactful projects such as:
–  Conducting a feasibility study for a multi-county food hub
– Assisting a rural community in leveraging natural and cultural assets to promote tourism and economic development
– Developing a new growth strategy for an entrepreneurial technology company
– Helping a manufacturing company develop a low-cost alternative to traditional cook-stoves in refugee camps

Analysts work on a remote basis with occasional required travel. Compensation is $20/hr. Typical projects consist of 100 hours of work done over the course of a semester, but may extend longer depending on the analyst’s schedule and the project scope.

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2017 term from:

  • Duke graduate students
  • NC Central graduate and undergraduate students
  • NC State graduate students
  • UNC Chapel Hill graduate students
  • UNC Pembroke MBA students

Applications are due Friday, February 10, 2017. Interviews dates TBD.

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 "With Shure Foods, I developed an inventory system for the company that is now being utilized. This E-TAP project was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects so far in my career."

Chris Long, MBA 2015


Ashwini Rathi and Joanna Furguiele, Kenan-Flagler MBAs 2015, enjoy lunch after their E-TAP final presentations.


At the KIEDA weekly meeting, students discuss relevant economic development issues in NC.


Stephanie Smith, NCCU MBA 2014 talks with Bertie county community members.


Chris Long, Kenan-Flagler MBA 2015 meets with Gabe Dough, CEO, Shure Foods in Washington

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