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 2024 Collections Department internship application process has closed.

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 Education Department offers one internship per summer season. The intern will assist with educational programs and operations as guided by the curator of education and education section staff. Primary work will involve assisting with our half-day Summer Science School classes, which cover topics of sailors, fishing, and model boats. Other work includes welcoming museum guests and groups, answering questions about the museum, assisting volunteers, and assisting groups and visitors with museum-led activities. This internship opportunity will be on a volunteer basis; a stipend may be available pending the availability of funds. The internship is a great opportunity for students pursuing a degree in various programs, including education, history, biology, marine science, natural sciences, museum studies, or cultural resources. Students do not need to be enrolled in these specific programs; an interest in the museum and/or a desire to teach school-age children is more important!

For more information, view the internship announcement or contact Associate Curator of Education Christine Brin at 252-504-7743.


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.