25 HBCU Interns Obtain Real World Experience from NCDOT Thursday, August 10, 2017

RALEIGH – When NCDOT’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship Program comes to an end on Aug. 11, 25 students from seven different schools will have each gained a new set of skills, knowledge and experience.

The main goal for the program is to provide students, undergraduate level and graduate level, with real world professional experience. The program accepts students from a variety of study areas, ranging from Communications to Engineering. Over 10 weeks, each intern works alongside executive and senior leadership staff to gain a better grasp of what it is like to work with the NCDOT and within the professional world.

“My experience as an HBCU intern for the NCDOT’s Governance Office has completely exceeded my expectations. I’ve enjoyed learning something new and begin able to apply skills from school in a business setting. I’m looking forward to telling my peers about my summer internship experience,” said William Gibson.

The requirements for the internship vary depending on what office the student is interested in; however, the core requirements for students to be accepted into the program are:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina
  • Either be a 2017 graduate or a rising junior, senior or graduate student
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited historically black college or university or minority institution of higher education
  • Must have a strong academic record with at least a 2.5 grade-point average

This summer, interns worked on numerous projects that dealt with crossline pipes, finance and drones.

“I worked in the Office of Civil Rights under JoAna McCoy,” said Courtney Cornelious, “She runs five programs and has five schools participating in the STEM program. We went to each schools opening and closing ceremony and collaborated with them to give feedback and helpful tips. I also worked with different departments and shadowed then Acting Director Benny Sloan, learning more about compliance.”

The undergraduate and graduate students who interned with the HBCU Internship program are:

  • Bria Battle, Fayetteville State University
  • Ronald Bethea, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Quianti Cherry, Elizabeth City State University
  • Bernard Clark, North Carolina Central University
  • Reubeneeco Crummy, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Courtney Cornelious, North Carolina Central University
  • Justin Crumpler, Fayetteville State University
  • Jimmy Davis, North Carolina Central University
  • Nyles Fleming, Morehouse College
  • William Gibson Winston-Salem State University  
  • Austin Johnson, Elizabeth City State University
  • Paulina Lopez, North Carolina Central University
  • Chua Lo-Yang North Carolina Central University
  • Christopher McLean, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Dante Miller, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Jalen Miller, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Kayla Moore, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Teon Parker, North Carolina A&T State University  
  • Rasheal Pittman, North Carolina Central University
  • Antonio Rivers, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Deon Saunders, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Kevin Dyshun Skeen, Winston-Salem State University
  • Jolil Smoke, Spelman College
  • Gian Spells, North Carolina Central University    
  • Blane Winston, North Carolina Central University

For more information regarding the program visit https://www.ncdot.gov/careers/edu/initiatives/internship_hbcu.html

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