Internships and Fellowships


Students interested in experiential learning and insight into museum professions can consider applying for an internship or fellowship at the Ackland.

We offer opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students from UNC-Chapel Hill and other colleges and universities.

Ackland internships and fellowships are one to two academic terms in duration (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students typically work in one of the Museum’s departments, focusing principally on a project designed to join Museum priorities with students’ interests. Students also participate in smaller-scale projects and routine aspects of museum work, as well as a series of special sessions just for interns and fellows that introduce them to current projects at the Ackland.

Contact us for more information about our internship and fellowship program, or about specific positions listed below.

Please note that we do not currently offer internship positions for high school students.

For Graduate Students

Paid Internships

Information about paid internships for graduate students, in art history and in other disciplines, is posted at the end of every Fall semester.

Field Experiences

Graduate students in the School of Information and Library Science may arrange to work with Ackland staff members on projects that fulfill their field experience requirements.

The Ackland has the following Fall Field Experience project available for graduate students in the School of Information and Library Science. To apply, submit a current CV, a brief statement indicating why the project interests you, and the names and contact information of two references to: by 8:00 a.m., Monday, July 5.

Communications Field Experience: In order to comply with UNC-Chapel Hill’s requirement that all departments begin shifting their digital file storage to Microsoft Sharepoint — which is in keeping with a general business trend toward cloud storage and Software as a Service (SaaS) — the Ackland Art Museum is seeking SILS students who wish to develop marketable skills in consulting, project management, Sharepoint, SaaS, and conceptualizing hybrid work environments. The students who work on this project will be able to consult a user needs assessment completed by a SILS student who worked on an earlier phase of this project.

This Field Experience project will consist of four phases:

· Analysis: Assess the Ackland’s various local drive filing systems through the lens of (or with the help of) the completed user needs assessment and write a report on the findings.

· Recommendations: Using the analysis report and user needs assessment, recommend organizational principles that could be imposed to harmonize these systems while leaving them largely intact, and advise the Ackland on the use of metadata to make information easier to find.

· Strategy: Building on reports, findings, and recommendations from previous phases, develop a strategy and transition plan for the Ackland to shift our digital file storage to Microsoft Sharepoint.

· Supporting implementation: Assist Ackland staff in implementing the developed transition plan.

For the Fall 2021 semester, we are seeking one SILS student to work on the Analysis phase of the project.

For Undergraduate Students


Fall, Spring, and Summer Internships

Each semester, the Museum invites undergraduate students – from Carolina and from other colleges and universities – to apply for internships, either as volunteers or for academic credit. Undergraduate interns work between 7 and 20 hours per week in one of several Museum departments. Application deadlines are typically in February for summer internships, March for fall internships, and October for spring internships.