NCEDA Foundation Fellowship Program

The NCEDA Foundation Economic Development Fellowship Program provides funding for economic development organizations (EDOs) in underserved and distressed areas of North Carolina to host student Fellows from North Carolina universities and colleges for a summer learning and work experience designed to benefit both the Fellow, the EDO, and the North Carolina economic development profession. Fellows will gain invaluable work experience, an expanded network of relevant contacts, and an opportunity to enhance an economic development organization’s effort to benefit its service area residents. EDO Hosts will benefit from the insights and work efforts the Fellow brings to the engagement. The North Carolina economic development community will benefit from the sharing of the Fellows’ experiences and projects.


The Foundation is excited to work with Burke Development Inc. and the Moore County Economic Development Partnership as hosts for our 2024 Fellowship program. See the links below for more details on the program (including guidelines, compensation and additional benefits)  and the 2024 application form.


2024 Fellowship Program Overview


2024 Fellows Application


2024 Fellowship Program Timeline

  • January 15:  Application Period Begins
  • February 9:  Application Deadline
  • February 19:  Fellows Interviews Scheduled
  • March 1:  Fellows Announced
  • Mid-May:  Fellowships Begin
  • Mid-August:  Fellowships End


Please contact Liz Dobbins-Smith, Managing Director, NCEDA Foundation with any questions about the Fellowship Program.