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 participates in the North Carolina State Government internship program through the NC Dept. of Administration. Interns assist staff educators with conducting educational programs in the museum and in the field. Examples of tasks include providing artifact/history-based lectures; leading hikes and trips on the water, participating in special events, and hosting guided museum tours. Summer interns will instruct camp programs related to North Carolina’s maritime history and environment for grades K-6. Interns gain experience in educational program design, implementation and evaluation in a museum and field setting; obtain complete understanding of North Carolina’s maritime history, heritage and environment; and learn aspects of the professional operation of a state history museum. For information, contact Associate Education Curator Benjamin Wunderly.
Aspiring teachers are also invited to get some hands-on experience at the museum in internships focused on assisting with educational programs and leading school-group visits. For information, contact Programs Coordinator Christine Brin.
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.
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.