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 Field Experience available for Spring 2023. Current Master’s students in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Sciences are eligible to apply.

Curatorial: Catalogue and organize materials related to two types of collections that have recently entered the collection.  The first collection is a group of Dutch and Flemish drawings; the second is a group of porcelain objects. For each collection, the SILS FE student will review the related materials (files of donors’ research and scholarly books), determine how best to integrate them into the Museum’s existing resources, taking into account the nature of the materials and the user needs of Ackland curators. The FE student may also add information from the files of Dutch and Flemish drawings to the content management system of a website the Ackland has created for this collection of drawings.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and a current CV to by 8 am on Monday, November 21, 2022. Questions can also be directed to  Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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.


Available Internships

Curatorial: Assist with documentation projects related to objects in the Ackland’s permanent collection. Applicants should be UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students, and have completed at least two years of their undergraduate coursework, which should include courses in art history. Preference will be given to interns who are available during both the Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 semesters.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, a current CV, and current transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted) to by 8 am on Monday, November 28, 2022. Questions can also be directed to  Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.