Volunteer

Internships

The internship program at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center provide 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.

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.
 

Internship Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and classified as 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.

Internship Opportunities

•  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)
•  Exhibits
•  Graphic Design
•  Prairie Ridge
•  Citizen Science
•  Public Relations
•  Communications/Marketing
•  Research and Collections—Paleontology, Geology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, Malacology
•  Digital Media
•  Nature Research Center—Research Labs (Genomics, Earth Observation, Paleo Geo, & Astronomy and Micro, Natural World, & Visualization Investigate Labs, and
    Naturalist Center)

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 signature

Application Process

1. Completely fill out the application and have your faculty sponsor sign it. Internship Application

2. 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.

3. Enclose a transcript or have the school’s registrar send one to the address below. It does not have to be an official copy.

4. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

5. Mail application to:
Internship Coordinator
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1029

6. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by phone or mail approximately one week after the application deadline.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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.