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NCBiotech IIP Information for Companies

The Industrial Internship Program (IIP) has awarded more than $90,000 in grants to North Carolina companies and organizations over the past four years. Whether you are a startup seeking help with your business plan, a medical device company doing prototype development, a CRO conducting clinical trials, or a pharmaceutical company preparing to launch a new product, we can help you hire the right intern with the right experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do companies apply?

We solicit company applications every year beginning in January. If you'd like to be included on our mailing list, please email The application form is two pages long, and includes basic information about your company, the project or scope of work for the intern, and the desired qualifications of the intern.


What criteria do you use to award IIP grants?

The best applications are those that define a clear project or set of activities that will have significant impact on the company, and that will provide valuable, hands-on work experience for the intern. We seek to provide a diverse set of opportunities for interns across the state, whether they have training in science, engineering, or business. 


What are the terms of the grant?

We award grants of up to $3,000 per company per year; award recipients use these funds to hire an intern for a minimum of 120 hours over the spring or summer - roughly 10 hours per week. Grant recipients are also required to submit a final report documenting work performed by the intern. The complete grant agreement can be found here.


How are interns selected?

After selecting participating companies, we post all IIP opportunities to our jobs board, using the description submitted by each company on their application form. We also promote the positions to university career centers and graduate programs across the state. We collect applications as they come in and forward them on to the companies. The companies then interview candidates and make the final hiring decision. Note that interns are employees or contractors of the company; they are not employed by the Biotechnology Center.


Can companies hire a full-time intern through the IIP?

Absolutely! Although IIP grants are limited to $3,000, companies are encouraged to supplement the intern's salary to create full-time positions, or to extend the internship beyond the initial 12-week period, if appropriate to the project and the intern's schedule.


Can companies hire candidates outside the program?

Companies can identify their own qualified candidates and use IIP funds to hire them. However we prefer that companies direct all interested candidates to apply through our jobs board, rather than directly to the company.


Can the intern work remotely?

We want interns to gain experience working directly with an on-site supervisor. While there may be rare cases in which an intern could work remotely (for example, a day spent conducting research at a library), we do not allow IIP sponsored interns to work from home.