Linking North Carolina with Innovative Talent

LiNC-IT: Linking North Carolina with Innovative Talent is an enterprising partnership of government, nonprofits, and employers.

LiNC-IT is an internship program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The current unemployment rate for individuals with ASD is 86% despite the fact that many of these individuals have the skills and education employers need.

The LiNC-IT Collaborative

LiNC-IT was launched in 2018 and is the first statewide neurodiversity program. The LiNC-IT Collaborative was created to provide employment experience, and paid internships for students and young people with autism as well as to provide employers with a pipeline of excellent talent often missed during conventional recruitment processes. The following organizations play an essential role in supporting the neurodiverse pipeline:

linc it home collaborative
linc it collaborative office of the govenor
linc it collaborative NC office of state and human resources
linc it collaborative Office of State and Human Resources
linc it collaborative teacch
linc it collaborative autism society
linc it collaborative nccdd
linc it collaborative capital area workforce development

LiNC-IT leverages vocational rehabilitation funding from the NC Department of Health and Human Services with high quality service providers who are experts in supporting individuals with autism.

Employer Partners

The goal of the employer partners is reducing the unemployment rate and improving the workplace experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder by increasing knowledge and acceptance of a neurodivergent workforce at North Carolina companies.

Triangle area employers formed the Triangle Neurodiversity Advisory Council (TNAC) to attract, support and foster talent that sees the world a little differently. North Carolina and the Triangle Area is an optimal environment to become the go-to location for neurodivergent talent and their families. The companies represented within TNAC collaborate through peer support and sharing of best practices, and work with North Carolina state agencies and non-profits to increase the over-all capability to grow and recruit the best talent for area companies.

Employers who are benefitting from the LiNC-IT recruits:

  • Alamance Community College
  • Bank of America
  • Biogen
  • BioAgilytix
  • Carrboro Arts Center
  • Caterpillar
  • Corning
  • Credit Suisse
  • Fidelity Investments
  • GE
  • JP Morgan
  • Lenovo
  • NC Department of Commerce
  • NC Department of Information Technology
  • NC Department of Public Instruction
  • NC Department of Transportation
  • Participate
  • PassionIT Group
  • PennyMac
  • Red Hat
  • Revature
  • SAS
  • Sears
  • Smithfield Foods
  • Technica Editorial
  • UNC Genetics
  • UNC Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo

Higher Ed Collaborative

The North Carolina Higher Education Collaborative (NCHEC) is a consortium of universities and colleges in North Carolina dedicated to creating equity in the availability, access, and quality of paid degree-related internships for North Carolina students who identify as autistic.

Partnering universities and colleges also provide an array of services and programs dedicated to educating faculty, staff, and campus employers in addition to serving our students both academically and in their career development. NCHEC is led by NC State University. If you are interested in partnering with NCHEC, or if you would like more information, please contact

Higher education institutions
benefitting from the LiNC-IT employers:

  • North Carolina State University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Meredith College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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