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.

Ackland Graduate Internship

The Ackland Graduate Internship is the Museum’s most flexible graduate position. This internship focuses on the opportunity to learn about the substance and methods of museum work and can be based in one of several Museum departments. Each year, internship projects are designed to correspond to both student interests and Ackland priorities and may include, among other responsibilities: Collection research and interpretation; Exhibition planning, research, writing, and interpretation; Teaching University class sessions in the Ackland. Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2022.

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The Joan and Robert Huntley Art History Scholarship

The Joan and Robert Huntley Art History Scholarship offers the opportunity to do research involving the collections and resources of both the Ackland Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art (art, archive, and library resources, and professional expertise). The Huntley Scholar will work on a research project to be determined in consultation with the Ackland and NCMA staff. The 2022 Huntley Scholar will work on a non-exhibition research project. Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2022.

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Object-Based Teaching Art History Fellowship

The Object-Based Teaching Fellow prepares and teaches art-based lessons in the Museum for University classes, in support of the Ackland’s mission to engage students and faculty from a broad spectrum of disciplines in their academic work. The Teaching Fellow reports to the Head of University Programs and Academic Projects. Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2022.

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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.

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.

APPLES Summer Internship

In summer 2022, the Ackland will partner with the APPLES service-learning program to offer a paid internship for a UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate to work with the Museum’s public programs. As a team member of the Education and Interpretation Department at the Ackland Art Museum, the intern will assist the Head of Public Programs and the Public Programs Coordinator with planning, implementing, and evaluating public programs engaging audiences of varied ages and interests in experiences with art. The application deadline is January 28. Applications are submitted through the APPLES website.

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