Office of Governor Roy Cooper – Policy Division


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Policy interns will work with and support members of the governor’s policy office. Interns will have the opportunity to build and strengthen their professional skills, particularly in policy research, analysis, writing, organization and interpersonal communications.

Policy interns are likely to attend meetings with state government officials and representatives from other sectors including non-profit organizations, business, and local government; monitor legislation; draft policy briefs; and conduct project-specific research and outreach on a variety of issues such as education, energy and environment, opioids, workforce and economic development, and juvenile and criminal justice.

Former interns in Governor Cooper’s policy office have worked on the following projects:

  • Attending Medicaid Transformation listening sessions with the Department of Health and Human Services and summarizing public comment
  • Creating an asset map of professional development resources for educators across North Carolina
  • Researching and drafting memos on best practices for correctional officer support  
  • Outreach (via email and phone interview) to opioid/substance abuse resources in NC
  • Attending committee meetings at the NC General Assembly; analyzing and summarizing current and proposed legislation



  • Professionalism
  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Research and analysis experience
  • Interest in public policy issues and/or public service