Hunt is on for summer interns across Triangle even as thousands of jobs remain open – WRAL TechWire

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by Shannon Cuthrell — February 14, 2022
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Thousands of jobs are going unfilled across the Triangle right now, but numerous local companies are on the hunt for student interns in the summer of 2022.
That’s the headline news from this week’s Jobs Report, an exclusive offering from WRAL TechWire. 
Over the last week, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s industrial internship program posted several internship openings at life science and biotech firms across the Triangle area. From drug formulation firm Lindy Biosciences to cell-cultivated oyster developer Pearlita Foods to diagnostic testing provider Galaxy Diagnostics, more than two dozen local employers are hiring interns for several roles, including research and development, engineering, agricultural biotechnology, marketing, business development and more. (Scroll down to see the full list.)
There are plenty of new internship opportunities outside of biotech firms, too. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is looking to add interns for several roles, from marketing and sales to business strategy to data science. Raleigh-based software startups Pendo and Levitate also posted internship openings within the last week.
Overall, as the local job market continues its recovery, major job boards are showing mixed tallies on the total number of job openings available in the Triangle area. But, bottom line: thousands of jobs remain unfilled. 
Every Sunday, WRAL TechWire tracks the total number of local positions posted on national job boards, then we compare it to the previous week’s count. This week’s results were somewhat mixed: Adzuna, for instance, shows -1,472 fewer jobs in Wake County, -768 fewer jobs in Raleigh and -209 fewer jobs in Johnston County than it did at the same time last week. ZipRecruiter has -1,257 fewer jobs in Raleigh, but it still added +246 jobs in Durham and +84 jobs in Chapel Hill over the last week.
However, the totals increased on other websites. LinkedIn shows +2,921 more jobs in Raleigh and +283 more jobs in Durham than it did seven days ago. Indeed.com shows gains totaling +305 in Raleigh, +230 in Durham, +171 in Chapel Hill and +91 in Johnston County over the last week.
WRAL TechWire’s weekly Jobs Report compiles the latest information from the region’s top job boards, offering a breakdown of how many jobs are posted, which companies are hiring, and what positions are most in-demand. We’ve also included upcoming job fairs, student-centric resources, and a list of Twitter accounts that track local job openings.
Here’s what’s new since last week’s Jobs Report.
Here’s a look at the total number of local jobs posted on national job boards compared to last week, as of Sunday afternoon.
*Note: Since this is a huge drop compared to what we normally see in a given week, and the other sites did not show a week-to-week trend reaching the same scale, we’re assuming it’s an anomaly for now. We’ll keep an eye on the totals for next week’s Jobs Report.
Aside from the boards above, job seekers can also find local startup jobs at SimplyHired (258 startup jobs near Research Triangle Park), LinkedIn (10,539 results in and around Raleigh), Indeed (355 startup jobs in/near RTP) and AngelList (job openings in Raleigh, Durham and across North Carolina).
Here’s a look at local and regional job sites, listed in alphabetical order:
AMA Triangle, the fifth-largest chapter in American Marketing Association’s nationwide network, aims to be a go-to resource for all things marketing in the Triangle. AMA Triangle provides professional training, free career webinars and a job board offering free resume placement for marketing professionals.
As of Sunday afternoon, AMA Triangle’s job board shows 113 marketing jobs in Raleigh, 68 in Durham and 43 in Chapel Hill (using the 25-mile radius filter).
Only two local jobs were added to the site over the last week:
Durham-based startup hub American Underground regularly posts job openings on its job board. Job seekers can filter their search by company, location and job function. As of Sunday afternoon, the site shows 280 jobs at 48 companies. About two dozen jobs were added to the site over the last seven days:
Last year, WRAL TechWire and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center launched a Bio Jobs Hub platform focused on biopharma manufacturing — one of North Carolina’s largest industries, employing over 26,000 people.
Typical biopharma jobs include process technicians, maintenance and/or instrumentation technicians, quality assurance and quality control associates, process development scientists and process engineers. This industry also offers competitive entry-level salaries, from $42,000 to $60,000.

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Scientists, skilled laborers and recent graduates can use the Bio Jobs Hub resource to find career and training opportunities in their area. Users can search by location, job category/activity and region.
Many biopharma companies are hiring in the Triangle, including large employers like Biogen in Research Triangle Park, bioMérieux in Durham, GSK in Zebulon, Merck & Co. in Durham, Novo Nordisk in Durham and Clayton, Pfizer in Sanford, and others.
Leadership Triangle’s job board is packed with local jobs. The site displays 680 openings at 30 companies as of Sunday afternoon.
Here’s what’s been posted in the last week:
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s extensive jobs board lists open jobs and internships from local life science companies and research organizations. Users can filter by job category, employment type (full-time, part-time and contractor), keywords, postal code and radius. NCBiotech also touts jobs through its Bio Jobs Hub program.
Here’s what’s new over the last week:
Note: This list does not include openings posted by recruiting/staffing firms.
The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) has an interactive job board that you can use to find your next career opportunity. Users can search by keyword, location, category, type (full-time or part-time) and experience level. Two new jobs were added to the site last week:

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NCWorks, the statewide job search portal run by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, has nearly 100 career centers located across the state. Users can filter NCWorks’ database by keyword, location, occupation group or specific occupations, minimum acceptable salary, education level, job sources and date posted. NCWorks also has a mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
North Carolina military veterans, transitioning service members and spouses can find additional resources on NCWorks’ separate veterans portal.
Around 1,750 resumes were updated on the site in the past week, as of Sunday afternoon. NCWorks reports thousands of available positions across the Triangle area.
In Wake County, the top employers with the most job openings on NCWorks are*:
Here are the top companies/organizations by job openings in Durham County:
The top employers in Johnston County are:
And here are the top employers in Orange County:
*Note: This data was gathered through NCWorks’ Labor Market Information portal, which aggregates public job listings. NC Commerce confirmed with TechWire that this search pathway has a thorough process to remove duplicate job listings. Check employers’ websites directly for the latest information.
Raleigh Founded, a startup incubator and coworking space, has its own job board. Job seekers can filter results by company, company size or industry. The site currently lists 173 positions at 30 companies as of Sunday afternoon.
Five jobs were added to the site over the last seven days:
This isn’t a job board per se, but the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s list of job search sources is a helpful resource for job seekers in the clean energy sector. The list has links to career opportunities from the organization’s members and partners.
Leadership Triangle, Raleigh Founded and American Underground teamed up to create the Triangle Region Job Board, which synthesizes all of the openings posted on the organizations’ job boards. (Those openings are listed under their respective subheadings above.)
As of Sunday afternoon, the site shows 2,359 jobs at 93 companies. The latest Triangle-area openings (excluding remote jobs) come from the following employers:
Work in the Triangle, a Wake County Economic Development program, regularly shares new openings through its Twitter feed, @WorkTriangleNC. The program recently launched a job board on its website, with 10,169 active openings as of Sunday afternoon. Of those, 7,991 are technology jobs, 1,296 are advanced manufacturing positions, 299 are in cleantech and 583 are in life sciences.
Every Tuesday, Work in the Triangle’s #TriangleTuesdays hashtag lists hot jobs in the area. Here’s a recap of last week’s openings (from Feb. 8):
Scroll through the #TriangleTuesdays hashtag on Twitter for more details on the openings.
Last month, Chapel Hill-based edtech company Terra Dotta told TechWire that it’s continuing to hire in the Triangle area after adding more than 20 people to its team last year. Currently at 78 employees, Terra Dotta anticipates adding nearly two dozen new hires this year as it builds out its global engagement platform, which helps colleges and universities connect all aspects of international programming and campus services.
“Fortunately, we’re in a good position as interest in global engagement continues to grow,” Terra Dotta CEO Anthony Rotoli says. “2021 was a record year for Terra Dotta, in spite of the pandemic, and we are entering an exciting growth phase. We plan to hire 20+ more people in 2022 across the entire organization and are looking at a 100+ headcount this time next year.”
Terra Dotta’s current job openings span product development, client support, general and administrative teams. Read more and apply here.
“We always try to hire in the Triangle area first and then move to hiring remote if we can’t fill the position locally/hybrid,” Rotoli added. “Competition is steep for new talent.”
Hospitality Hiring Hour: Every Tuesday, 4–5 p.m. @Washington Duke Inn
Durham’s Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center are on the hunt for top talent in the hospitality industry. Job seekers can attend this weekly event series every Tuesday through May 31 to meet with managers/staff to ask questions and learn about the available job opportunities.
Carolina Career Exploration & Experience Days: Feb. 16–17, 1–4 p.m. (online)
UNC Chapel Hill Career Services is hosting a two-part event where student job seekers can connect virtually with recruiters. The Feb. 16 session targets STEM majors, while the Feb. 17 event applies to all majors.

Carolina Career Exploration & Experience Days


Duke StartupConnect Networking Fair: Feb. 17, 7 p.m. (online)
In this virtual event, Duke University students will connect with founders and representatives from local startups to learn more about what it’s like to work at these companies as an employee or intern.
Wolfpack 1st & Goal Virtual Career Fair: Feb. 21, 6–8 p.m. (online)
NC State University’s Career Development Center is hosting its annual Wolfpack 1st and Goal event, geared towards employers looking to provide networking, internship and postgraduate employment opportunities for student-athletes. All sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes are invited to attend.

Wolfpack 1st & Goal Virtual Career Fair


NC State Startup Job & Resource Fair: Feb. 23, 4–6 p.m. @NC State Entrepreneurship Garage
NC State Entrepreneurship and Raleigh Founded are co-hosting a job and resource fair for students interested in joining a startup team or starting their own venture. 

Startup Job & Resource Fair


NC TECH Virtual Job Expo: March 9, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (online)
This virtual job fair targets candidates seeking tech-related jobs or internships. Local employers can meet with job seekers in virtual booths. Registration is free for job seekers.

NC TECH Virtual Job Expo


If you’re a student looking for an internship or entry-level position at a local company or organization, your university has resources to help you get started. Quick links below:
For Johnston County job seekers: The newly launched JoCo Careers website helps job seekers find companies hiring in Johnston County. (More TechWire coverage here.)
Here are some locally run Twitter accounts that regularly share job openings in the Triangle:
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