Be a part of the team

Find a home for your time and talents at the museum!

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort has an array of intern opportunities for those who would like to be a part of our mission to collect, preserve, research, document and interpret the maritime history, culture, and environment of North Carolina.


Unpaid internships are available year-round for college students, recent graduates and graduate students in a variety of areas. Internships may be customized to meet the requirements of a particular program.  Student projects depend on academic requirements, student background and interests, and current work underway at the museum.


The Collections Department has an opening for one unpaid intern in the summer of 2024. The position is a good fit for those who are interested in museum collections work and developing skills in collections care and management, object handling, curatorial research, database management, archival work, and exhibit development.

The focus of the internship is tailored to the goals of the student and the opportunities available within the Maritime Museum system. There is flexibility in scheduling, and the entirety of the internship will be conducted with guidance from professional museum staff. Collection interns will be based at the Beaufort location.

College students, recent graduates, graduate students, and nontraditional students are encouraged to apply.

Please email a letter of interest, a copy of your resume and any potential academic requirements, such as school credit hours, to Collections Manager Tessa Johnstone. You can also contact Ms. Johnstone for answers to any internship-related questions.

The deadline for summer Collections intern applications is March 15.


The Education Department offers one internship per summer season. Availability of funding determines if there is an hourly wage for the intern; work on a volunteer basis may occur. The intern will work with our Summer Science School class leaders to teach ½ day classes for children in grades K-6 covering topics of mariners and ship life, fish and fishing, and model boats. The intern will also assist with educational programs and operations as guided by the curator of education and education staff. Work includes welcoming museum guests and groups in the front lobby, answering questions about the museum and helping with directions, assisting volunteers at the front desk, and assisting children with educational crafts. The intern may also assist the group coordinator, lead groups to the observation platform, and engage museum guests with interactive exhibits and discovery carts, all under the mission of educating people about the maritime history and environment of the area.

This is a great opportunity for students pursuing a degree in various programs including education, teaching, history, biology, marine science, natural sciences, museum studies, cultural resources, and childhood education, all relatable to the work involved with the internship. Students do not need to be enrolled in these specific programs, an interest in the museum and desire to teach school-age children and adults is more important! We do accept resumes from rising high school juniors and seniors for the internship as well. Please send resumes with cover letter to Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly.


College students interested in public relations, marketing, and/or communications are invited to intern with the public information officer. Responsibilities will vary based on the student’s program goals but could include writing news releases, pitching stories to media sources, planning and crafting social media updates, taking photos and/or video and other related tasks. For information on interning in communications, contact Public Relations Coordinator Cyndi Brown.

High School Internships

We currently do not have any openings for our summer 2024 High School Internship. Interested students are invited to apply to our general museum volunteer program.