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Internship Opportunities in Catawba County

Internships provide opportunities for students to experiment and pursue careers that match academic and personal interests while offering valuable insight and experience to help determine their career path.

Internships help students become viable, experienced job applicants when seeking employment after graduation. The benefits to students include career experience and exposure, professional networking contacts, and can often lead to mentoring relationships which can provide advice, direction, and encouragement for the student’s future.

Education Matters businesses understand the importance of  giving students the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities in Catawba County and will consider working with students at the various levels of educational attainment – high school, community college (2 year degree or certification/license program) and 4 year universities, and upon graduation when entering a profession.

Click on the following education levels to find out which Education Matters businesses would consider offering internships to students. Please be aware that some businesses are unable to work with individuals under the age of 18 due to the equipment and machinery used in the work setting.

High School

Hickory Public Schools, Catawba County Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools all have a variety of internship programs and opportunities throughout the school year and summer months. All programs are coordinated through school system staff.   

For high school internship program information contact:

 Catawba County Schools

Karen Cale, CTE Director

    828.464.8333 or

 Newton-Conover High School 

Gary Towery, CTE Curriculum Corrdinator

     828.465.0920 or

Hickory High School

Alison Gardner, HHS Business Teacher

     828.322.5860 or



Catawba Valley Community College 

Kathy Carey, Director of Career Services

     828.327.7000 x4205 or