The internship program at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences provides a professional work setting for selected college students to bridge the gap between their classroom experiences and their intended careers. Internships at the Museum provide a forum to learning new skills or using and refining career goals of university students. With the approval of their university, students can earn academic credit by working directly with Museum staff in many areas. Through this partnership interns can receive practical experiences to help clarify and further career goals. These internships are for experience and are not paid positions.
After being interviewed and accepted into the Museum's internship program, interns will meet with their supervisor to come up with a work schedule for the semester. Each internship includes a mix of specific projects and departmental work with interns encouraged to participate in the design of their projects.
- Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and classified at least a Sophomore. Graduate students may also apply.
- Experience and/or knowledge of field of internship.
- Grade point average of at least B (3.0).
- Education interns must be able to communicate well with the public.
- Enthusiasm and a strong interest in learning about science education, environmental science, museum studies, research, etc.
Some internship opportunities may not be available every semester. Please check with Head of Interns to verify availability.
- Education (Curiosity Classes, Discovery Room, Windows of World, Camps—all depending on semester)
- Living Collections (Arthropod Zoo, Living Conservatory, Program Animals, Terrestrial Exhibits, & Fish and Invertebrates)
- Graphic Design
- Prairie Ridge
- Citizen Science
- Public Relations
- Research and Collections — Paleontology, Geology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, Aquatic and Terrestrial Invertebrates, Crustaceans, and Astronomy/Astrophysics
- Digital Media
- Nature Research Center — Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Laboratory, Genomics and Microbiology Research Laboratory, Biodiversity Research Laboratory, Paleontology and Geology Research Laboratory, Naturalist Center, and Micro, Natural, and the Visualization Investigate Labs (iLabs)
Credit or Non-Credit
- Credit internships—135 hrs. for 3 semester hrs. Academic advisor or class professor must sign off to approve credit (includes project)
- Non-credit/experience internships—120 hrs. (includes project) does not need a signature
- Download the Internship Form.
- Completely fill out the application and have your faculty sponsor sign it if you will be receiving credit hours.
- Attach a personal statement in which you address the following:
a) Your career goals; how this internship will help you achieve those goals; and why you wish to intern at the Museum.
b) Relevant courses.
c) Skills, activities, and/or experience that are relevant to this internship.
- Enclose an unofficial transcript or have the school's registrar send one to the address below. It does not have to be an official copy.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Email application to:
Tullie Johnson, Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com.
- Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by phone or mail approximately two weeks after the application deadline.
July 1: Fall Semester (16 weeks)
November 1: Spring Semester (16 weeks)
March 1: Summer semester (12 weeks)
For more information, contact Tullie Johnson, internship coordinator, at 919.707.9895.