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.


Interested in learning more about curatorial management, artifact research and cataloging, library/archives work, and object care/conservation?  Our past interns came from diverse backgrounds as students in art history, anthropology, history, maritime studies, archaeology, and museum studies. We begin with reading from standard museum texts, and specific hands-on training is provided.

There are only two full-time employees, the registrar and collections manager, who are responsible for the collections work at the three Maritime Museums. Collection interns will be based at the Beaufort location. We expect our interns, who have to be at a minimum in their junior year of college, to work a minimum of 8 hours per week.

Depending on the schedule, students interning in the Collections Department may have an opportunity to participate in the preparation, installation, or disassembly of an exhibition.

We will try to visit at least one of the other museums each semester.

If you meet the qualifications above and have a genuine interest in working in the museum field, please mail a letter of interest, any academic requirements, and a copy of your resume to the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort c/o Lynn Anderson; 315 Front St.; Beaufort, NC 28516.  Two work and/or school references are requested.  Contact Collections Registrar Tessa Johnstone with any question and the application.


The Education Department offers one paid internship per summer season. The intern will work with our Summer Science School instructor to teach ½ day camp classes for children in grades K-6 covering topics of pirates, fishing, and model boats. The intern will also assist with educational programs and section 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 lead groups to the observation platform, engage museum guests with interactive exhibits, and teach them about the maritime history and environment of the area.

The internship 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 relating to the work involved with the position. Students do not need to be enrolled in these specific programs, an interest in the museum and desire to teach elementary-age children in informal settings 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. For more information about this internship opportunity click here.


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

Our High School Volunteer Internship Program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors (or minimum age of 16 if homeschooled).  The positions are primarily with public and group programming. Some responsibilities will include staffing the information desk, assisting with educational programs, and working with the public.  For information, contact Associate Educator Curator Christine Brin. Note: We require a minimum of 4 weeks at 20 hours per week for an internship program. Those students who cannot commit that amount of time are welcome to join our volunteer ranks instead.