Bill Thorpe Undergraduate Internship Program

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The Town of Chapel Hill offers up to 10 undergraduate internship opportunities during the spring and fall semesters. This opportunity will expose students to experiences in career fields of interest in a local government setting. These positions are classified as temporary and do not qualify for benefits.  Any currently available  internships are posted on the Town's OPEN JOBS list as they become available.  if none are posted, please fill out a job interest card for UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP and you will be notified when internships are posted.       

The internship program is named for former Council Member Bill Thorpe, who served the Chapel Hill community for nearly 30 years. He first served on the Council from 1977 to 1981, served another term from 1983 to 1987, and returned to the Council on Dec. 5, 2005. He served as Mayor pro-tem from 1985 to 1987. He initiated the Town's first formal undergraduate internship program in 2006. Thorpe passed away on Sept. 27, 2008.

Brief description of opportunities:

Each department will have its own internship job description and duties. Some of the tasks that interns will be involved in will include:

  • Managing special projects
  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Creating correspondence
  • Conducting surveys
  • Includes some clerical work including data entry tasks, filing, copying, etc.


To be considered for an undergraduate internship position with the Town of Chapel Hill, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate program from an accredited college or university
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills
  • Be proficient with computers and software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Be eager to learn and able to work independently

Additional details:
Each intern will be paid an hourly rate of $8.33 per hour up to $1,000 total per semester. Students can work on average 12 to 15 hours per week depending on schedules and the needs of the department. Each department can be flexible depending on the schedule availability of the student, but hours will generally fall between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

If you have additional questions about this program, please contact Human Resources at (919) 968-2700 or email us at

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