Internship Opportunities

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
(2018 NCMC Internship Award Recipient)

Duke Homestead State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the Washington Duke Homestead and the North Carolina tobacco industry. We are seeking a summer intern to research and write new interpretive panels for the Tobacco Museum, which will help to provide critical updates to better serve the visitor experience and to fulfill our mission. This Internship will offer students/emerging professionals ownership over a large project with lasting impact, a chance to become familiar with the many facets of museum and historic site work, and opportunities to build both skill sets and networks.
Description of work: 
  • 20-30 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • Work with the Assistant Site Manager to establish a timeline and create a plan for the new interpretive panels, focusing on adding a more diverse interpretation of tobacco history
  • Research and author approximately 10 new interpretive panels based on assigned subject matter (e.g. the role of enslaved people in the creation of brightleaf tobacco; labor issues in cigarette factories; examining the impact of tobacco on health)
  • Collaborate with NC Historic Sites graphic designer to achieve a final product; Assist in panel placement and final installation
  • Visitor services and special event staffing
Stipend: $1,500 paid in three parts of $500 over the course of the internship.
Qualifications and Education: 
  • MA/PhD students, or recent grads, of a Public History/Museum Studies program, or similar experience in the field
  • Knowledge of state and local history
  • Strong research, communication, and organizational skills
  • The ability to write effectively to a wide and varied audience
To apply, please submit: 
  • Cover letter detailing your research, writing, and other experience which you feel have prepared you for this internship
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples—short-form (e.g. blog post, social media content, waysides) and long-form (e.g. school paper, academic article)
  • Academic and/or professional reference contacts
Contact Ms. Katie Vanhoy.

The 2018 Dr. Horace G. Loftin Jr. Internship at the History Museum of Carteret County, North Carolina

The Carteret County Historical Society (CCHS) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated college intern to work on a research project with the History Museum of Carteret County staff during the summer of 2018. Between March 15 and April 15, 2018, we are accepting applications for this paid internship. Application deadline is April 15, 2018.

The internship is available to a currently enrolled junior/senior college student or graduate student working toward a degree in museum studies, public history, history, or another related field. You must also be interested in learning more about curatorial management, artifact/archives research, and cataloging, library/genealogy work, and object care/conservation.  Previous interns working with us have had diverse backgrounds in art history, anthropology, history, archaeology, and museum studies.
This internship may be customized to meet the student’s requirements for a particular academic program and/or personal interests. Such requirements must align with the current needs and collections of the museum and archives. The competitive candidate must be willing to learn, be responsible, work independently, and be punctual.

There is one full-time employee here, the Museum Director, who is responsible for the site’s collections and operations, and who will oversee and evaluate the intern’s work.  Background reading, as well as hands-on training, will be provided in Past Perfect collections management software. The pay is for a maximum of 5 ½  weeks full time, (230 hours) at $9 per hour for a potential stipend of $2,070.   Students may work part-time for a longer period during the summer but should plan to work at least 20 hours per week.

Depending on the exhibit schedule, students interning with the CCHS may have an opportunity to participate in the preparation, installation, or disassembly of an exhibition. Although the primary emphasis will be on collections management, there will be occasional opportunities to research, write, and assist in greeting the public. One requirement of the internship will be a short paper describing your experience and/or the collection which you have worked on during your time with us.

The CCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with its primary focus on the HMCC which has a county-wide mandate.  The HMCC’s mission is to share the county’s history, provide perspective for current issues, and strengthen the sense of community.  The mission of the CCHS is to collect, preserve and showcase the history of Carteret County to make history relevant to our community as reflected in the stories, events, and traditions of our past. The museum is based in Morehead City, North Carolina, Employee benefits are not available. Housing is not provided.

If you meet these qualifications and have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the museum/archives field, please mail (or email) a letter, any academic requirements, two work and/or school references, college transcript (copy OK), and a copy of your resume to Attn: Steve Anderson, Director, History Museum of Carteret County, 1008 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC, 28557. Contact:; 252-247-7533.

Stagville State Historic Site Semester and Summer Internship (Unpaid)

Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 internships are available at Historic Stagville. Stagville State Historic Site is a portion of one of the largest plantations in the state of North Carolina. By 1860, the slaveholding family owned nearly 30,000 acres of land,  and claimed ownership over more than 900 enslaved people. Stagville interns can learn and develop skills in Public Speaking, Program Development, Education, Collections, Research, and Publicity. Each intern completes an individual project,  and also participates in education or public history programs on-site. Stagville welcomes undergraduate and graduate interns, and internships are unpaid. 

For details on how to apply, please visit