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Internships with the SBI

The SBI Intern Program allows students to learn how a state investigative agency functions. The program supplements classroom learning with practical experience.


Depending on their major, background and interest, students can apply to one of several internship opportunities. Applications from a variety of undergraduate disciplines are considered.

Application Deadlines


  • Fall semester internships are due May 1
  • Spring semester internships are due October 1
  • Summer internships are due February 1


All internships are unpaid, full-time positions. However, an intern's immediate supervisor may be able to take into account a student’s class schedule.


Assignment Areas


A maximum of two interns may be selected each semester for assignment to any Administrative Section, SBI Laboratory Section, Field District Office or Specialty Unit.


Bureau Management Areas
Training Section
Logistics Support
Intelligence & Technical Services Section
Research/Planning/Crime Statistics/ Grants/Accreditation
Audit & Criminal Information Training Unit and Identification Section

Crime Lab: To intern in these areas, students must have a major or minor concentration in the biology, chemistry, forensic sciences or natural sciences.
Molecular Genetics (DNA)
Trace Evidence
Firearms and Tool Mark
Latent Evidence
Drug Chemistry

Field Districts
Northeastern District - Greenville
Coastal District - Jacksonville
Southeastern District - Fayetteville
Northern Piedmont District - Greensboro
Northwestern District - Hickory
Western District - Asheville
Southern Piedmont District - Huntersville
Capital District - Raleigh

Specialized Units
Financial Crimes Unit
Diversion & Environmental Crimes Unit



Interested applicants should work through their department chairperson or student advisor and must present a written recommendation from academic or school personnel.


Candidates applying for an internship with the SBI must:

  • Be a responsible law-abiding citizen with high moral character and personal integrity.
  • Be enrolled in a four-year degree program at a college or university and have completed their sophomore year with a Grade Point Average of no less than 2.5 in a 4.0 scale.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or any other serious crime; undergo a criminal history record check with favorable results.
  • Maintain a favorable credit history demonstrating responsible fiscal management and ability to live within means; undergo a credit check with favorable results.
  • Have a basic working knowledge and understanding of word processing computer programs.
  • Get a Hepatitis B Shot (series of 3 shots) prior to the internship commitment. (Molecular Genetics Section only).



 Please include the following information:

  • Resumé and List of References with updated and reliable contact information
  • Letter of Interest. Include your reasons for wanting to participate in the program, ways you can contribute to the section, your career plans, college and community activities, honors and awards.
  • College Intern Application Form: SBI Intern Application Form completed in full and signed. Applications may be disregarded if they are incomplete or missing information.
  • College Transcript in a sealed envelope. The transcript or envelope should be affixed with the seal or stamp of the school's registrar.


Mail all materials to:


Assistant Special Agent in Charge Marion Vandergrift
SBI Internship Coordinator
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
P.O. Box 29500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0500