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The Ackland offers internship opportunities for students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at other colleges and universities. For more information about any of the opportunities listed below, contact us at at or (919) 966-5736.

Applications for SPRING Field Experiences are due by 8:00 AM, October 28, 2019.

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 Spring Field Experience projects 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 AM, October 28, 2019.

  • Development: Review paper files on donors and foundations that have given to the Ackland using parameters established by previous SILS intern and continue to convert paper files to digital formats. Assess current staff user needs to create and implement a digitization plan for the online database. Familiarity with/experience using database systems/CRMs or digitizing documents preferred.
  • Communications: The Ackland Art Museum seeks SILS students for a two-phase information management field experience to reorganize and streamline the Ackland’s complex digital filing system and transfer it from network-based to cloud-based storage. One to two positions will be offered in each phase of the project. The current phase is outlined below; the second phase (Summer 2020) will be posted during the Spring semester. Applicants with an interest in the visual arts; museums; nonprofit organizations; and/or building diversity, equity, and inclusion into organizational systems are encouraged to apply. Current or completed coursework in Organization of Information (INLS520) and Human Information Interactions (INLS500) preferred. Current or completed coursework in Systems Analysis (INLS582) beneficial but not required.
    • Spring 2020: Phase One – Project Design
      Conduct a user needs assessment in consultation with all Museum departments, devise naming conventions, and create a taxonomy. In order to accomplish this, students will identify the business processes associated with each museum department and the record types produced in the course of those activities. One to two positions available.

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 in February for summer internships, March for fall internships, and October for spring internships.