STEP - Short-Term Experiential Partnership

Welcome to The STEP Program at NC State

Are you looking for relevant work experience to add to your college education? The STEP Program may be just what you're looking for!

What is STEP?

NC State University offers undergraduate students formal opportunities for valuable experiential learning through the STEP (Short-Term Experiential Partnership) Program. STEP is an educational option that allows students to gain real workplace experience in corporate settings, schools, hospitals, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The STEP Program is open to all NC State undergraduate students who are in good academic standing.

How Does It Work?

The STEP Program places students in local firms, for-profit or non-profit businesses, or community agencies for one semester of practical experience (approximately 20 hours a week). Placement is based on the student's major area of study to build on existing strengths while allowing career exploration. To maintain full-time status, students register for the STEP Program course and take an additional 6 academic credit hours. Placements are carefully monitored throughout the partnership semester. STEP Program experiences can be paid or unpaid.

Are There Placement Options?

Yes! Three program options allow students to find the right fit:

The Business and Industry STEP Program option arranges supervised, positions for students in for-profit businesses and organizations, both large and small.

The Pre-Law STEP Program option places students who are interested in law school into private law firms, agencies, and businesses that offer law-related practical experiences.

The Community and Government Agency STEP Program option connects students with non-profit, community-based organizations and government agencies that can provide supervised experiences.