• Interns Encounter: Wilmington's Summer Intern Experience


  • Are you ready to elevate the experience for your summer interns to new heights? Look no further than Interns Encounter-Wilmington's Summer Intern ExperienceOur program is not an internship; we are offering dynamic supplementary content designed to empower your company's interns with the skills, connections, and insights needed to succeed in today's competitive professional landscape.

    Attendees will embark on a transformative adventure filled with hands-on learning, networking events, and immersive experiences. From engaging workshops led by industry experts to captivating excursions showcasing Wilmington's rich history and culture, every moment is an opportunity to expand your intern's horizons and make lasting connections. Whether they're interested in business, technology, arts, or environmental sustainability, our program offers something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable summer where they'll gain valuable skills and insights and forge lifelong friendships and connections that will propel their careers with your companies forward. 

    The deadline to apply for the Summer 2024 cohort is Friday, May 24 at 11:59 pm.

  • About the Program

  • Session Topics Session Topics

    Art, History, and Culture:

    ·       Cultural Heritage

    ·       Heritage and Arts

    ·       Cultural Exploration

    Environment and Continued Education Opportunities:

    ·       Sustainability and Lifelong Learning

    ·       Environmental Initiatives and Educational Resources

    ·       Eco-conscious Learning and Development

    Community Engagement Opportunities:

    ·       Civic Involvement and Participation

    ·       Community Outreach and Involvement

    ·       Social Impact Initiatives

  • Organizations and Guest Speakers Organizations and Guest Speakers

    Art, History and Culture

    • Jan Davidson, Historian, Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
    • Johnny Griffin, Director, Wilmington Film Commission
    • Heather Wilson, Executive Director and Daniel Jones, Cultural Curator, Cameron Art Museum
    • Zachary Pluer, Executive Director, Wilson Center
    • Rhonda Bellamy, President & CEO and Founder, The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County
    • Live Oak Bank
    • Ryan Belcher, Live Nation and Dave Pugh, City of Wilmington 
    • Shane Fernando, Chief Executive Officer, Thalian Hall


    Environment and Continued Education Opportunities

    • Ron Vetter, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, UNCW
    • Layton Bedsole, Shore Protection Coordinator, New Hanover County 
    • Ron Vetter and Joe Long, Coastal Engineering Program and Wave Flume Observation


    Community Engagement Opportunities

    • Meade Van Pelt, Executive Director, The Harrelson Center


    Social Opportunities

    • CAM café
    • Ironclad Brewery
    • Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar
    • Capt'n Bill's Backyard Grill & Volleyball Facility
  • Session Dates and Times Session Dates and Times

    This program runs for 7 weeks and meets every other week, four times total. The meetings are scheduled from 12pm to 5pm on the following dates: June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, and July 23rd. Each day will start with lunch provided at noon and there is an optional social gathering from 5pm to 6pm after each meeting.


  • Ideal Candidate Ideal Candidate

    We're looking for individuals interning in Wilmington this summer (2024) who are eager to immerse themselves in the local community. Our ideal candidates are driven to learn more about and actively engage with the Wilmington community. They should also be motivated to enhance their professional development and leadership abilities. Networking is an important aspect of this program, so candidates who are enthusiastic about expanding their professional connections are encouraged to apply.

  • Cost Cost

    Participation in the Encounter Wilmington Internship Program costs $550, which includes all program expenses such as meals, materials, facilitator fees, and beverages.