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Internships at the NC Museum of History

The internship application period for summer 2023 is now open! See below for currently open positions.

General Details and Overall Requirements

Details on our program vary by semester, but please see below for some basic requirements applicable to most positions.

Internships may be available within the curation, collections/conservation, education, marketing, editorial and special events sections at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Only currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for museum internship positions.

  1. Undergraduate applicants must have at least completed their first year of college before beginning an internship.
  2. Undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  3. Graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  4. The number of hours the intern is expected to work vary depending on the project and the requirements of the student's academic program. Depending on the specific position, internship hours may be completed by working virtually, on-site at the museum, or a combination of both.
  5. Internships at the North Carolina Museum of History are unpaid, volunteer positions.

Internship opportunities

Curation Internship Summer 2023

Stipend: $1,500.00

The Curation Section is seeking applications for one summer internship position. The intern will work with two curators, helping with the important, ongoing task of ensuring the museum’s collection is well- analyzed and catalogued. They will have hands-on opportunities to interact with objects in the museum’s collection and to work with the collections management database software, Re:Discovery Proficio. If time allows, they will also conduct image research for upcoming exhibitions.

The intern will assist the Curator of Textiles and Clothing in assessing collections of fashion accessories and the Chief Curator in assessing collections of political and campaign buttons. Both collections will be assessed for condition, content, and provenance.

The intern will consult research files, perform primary and secondary artifact research, record data, prepare catalog entries, and create, upload, and share pertinent images while working in collaboration with both curation and collections management staff.

Final products of the internship may include improved catalog records in our publicly accessible Re:Discovery Proficio database, lists of items for potential deaccession, and creation of content research documents for use in planning future exhibitions.

*About 80% of the intern’s work will be conducted on-site and 20% will be remote.


Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required

Experience working with a database is preferred

Good organizational, communication, and time management skills

Must be self-motivated and able to work independently

All application materials (application form, cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts) must be submitted to Internship Coordinator Kathy Gleditsch at by March 31st, 2023

How to Apply

Applicant must submit completed internship application, cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts for all colleges/universities attended to be considered for a museum internship. 

Click here for application.


Contact Internship Coordinator Kathy Gleditsch at