Charlotte is a prime internship destination. We have a thriving banking industry — including Bank of America’s HQ and a Wells Fargo hub — that makes the city the second largest banking hub right behind New York City. Charlotte also offers a wide array of internships including broadcasting with Time Warner Cable, brand ambassador at Coca-Cola, and working as a discovery Iintern at Deloitte.
The list goes on and the opportunities are endless in a city like Charlotte.
If this is your first summer in Charlotte, here’s a quick guide to the neighborhoods you have to experience before you leave and some advice on some fun you can have there that fits an intern’s budget.
No matter how much time you spend a week filing papers or completing budget reports, take some time out and explore the city especially if it is your first time joining us.
Freedom Park is walking distance from Queens University of Charlotte’s campus if you are living in their summer intern housing (Pro tip: This is some of the best intern housing in the city). Take a break from your busy schedule and bring your bike or running shoes to the park and enjoy the great outdoors. Freedom Park is located in the middle of Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods, Myers Park and Dilworth on East Boulevard.
East Boulevard in Dilworth has many of my favorite places to eat such as Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill and Frank’s East Boulevard Bar & Grill. You cannot leave Charlotte without trying Lebowski’s “Gold Rush” flavored wings and garlic fries. Trust me, you will be there every Wednesday during their wing special. Feel free to take your order to go and walk back to Freedom where there are plenty of picnic tables to share with new friends and coworkers.
Aside from our beautiful skyline, Uptown has all of your tourist attractions. This area is heavily concentrated with many museums such as Levine Museum of the New South and the Mint Museum Uptown. Many of these museums offer student discounts and will validate parking.
Want the best view of Uptown? Make your way to the Knights Stadium. I love going to Knights games especially during their “Thirsty Thursday” specials. $3 beer on tap. This is a fun night out and tickets are as low as $10.
The EpiCentre houses many of Uptown’s nightlife destinations. The EpiCentre is a multi-level arena of popular bars, clubs, and restaurants. On Thursdays, the EpiCentre hosts “Alive After Five” where many of your co-workers and fellow interns most likely will head after a long day of work.
NoDa (North Davidson Street)
NoDa is known as the city’s Historic Arts District. This area is populated with cool coffee shops, bars and delicious restaurants. My favorite spots to eat in NoDa are Cabo Fish Taco and Amelie’s. Amelie’s is located in an atrium that houses a popular hookah bar called Reds@28th.
Barcades are showing up all over Charlotte recently and NoDa has some of the best ones. The Blind Pig has familiar games such as skee ball, corn hole and even a giant tic-tac-toe game. For the perfect nostalgic night, make your way to Abari. Abari is for perfect for an old-school gaming night. They have over a dozen classic arcade games. What is better than drinking and playing your favorite childhood games after a long day at your internship?