Volunteers, Interns, and Fellows

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is one of the greatest forms of civic engagement; a number of New Hanover County’s programs and services, as well as community partnerships, would not be possible without the efforts of the remarkable individuals who volunteer their time and services without compensation. We appreciate volunteers’ commitment to public service and their community. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with county departments, and to complete an application, please click on the links below:


Internship Programs

With over 25 departments providing a diverse array of services, New Hanover County offers a unique variety of internship opportunities across a number of fields of study. Internships offer students an opportunity to enhance their academic learning by coupling it with real-world application of their skills. New Hanover County prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and seeks interns who share this same passion.

How does it work?

  • Interns must be currently enrolled in a college, university, educational institution or vocational school or program
  • Applications must be submitted online
  • Internships are typically unpaid
  • The duration of an internship is usually one semester
  • Flexible schedules can be arranged to accommodate school schedules

Apply for an Internship


NHC & UNCW MPA Fellowship Program

New Hanover County and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Master of Public Administration program created an innovative partnership to help attract the best and brightest to New Hanover County.

NHC and UNCW work together to select four students to work part-time as MPA Fellows with New Hanover County government, while they complete their degree. In addition to providing paid employment, New Hanover County will provide a learning experience designed to provide exposure to various parts of local government that correlate with the curriculum of UNCW’s MPA program. The learning experience will seek to educate fellows on the organization’s overall operations, strategic planning, and service delivery to citizens.

Fellows will be responsible performing the duties of the position, as outlined by his or her supervisor, at a satisfactory level throughout the course of the fellowship.  Fellows will also be responsible for attending monthly events and performing tasks outlined in the county’s Fellowship Program outline.

How does it work?

  • Four students will work as MPA Fellows with the county for one year- renewable for two years
  • Fellows must be actively enrolled in UNCW’s MPA program
  • Fellows will have job responsibilities assigned and projects to complete throughout the fellowship
  • Each fellow will be responsible for making a presentation on the fellowship experience, describe what was learned, accomplishments made, and describe how the fellowship has touched the community or made a difference to our citizens
Human Resources: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7178 • Fax 910-798-7179