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.
Applications for SPRING Undergraduate Internships and Field Experiences are due by 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 26, 2020.
For Graduate Students
Information about paid internships for graduate students, in art history and in other disciplines, is posted at the end of every Fall semester.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org by 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 26.
Communications Field Experience: Work with the Director of Communications on a multi-phased project to reorganize and streamline the Ackland’s complex digital filing system and transfer it from network-based to cloud-based storage. Current or completed coursework in Organization of Information (INLS520) and Human Information Interactions (INLS500) preferred. Current or completed coursework in Systems Analysis (INLS 582) beneficial but not required.
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.
The Ackland has the following Spring Undergraduate Internship projects available. To apply, submit a current CV, a brief statement indicating which project you are applying for and why it interests you, your most recent academic transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted), and the names and contact information of two references to: email@example.com by 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 26.
Learning Resources Intern: Work with the Learning Resources Coordinator to develop audio descriptions, increasing the accessibility of art at the Ackland. Responsibilities include: investigate best practices of audio guides in the museum field, research works of art in the Ackland’s collection, write audio descriptions for visitors with low vision, and assist with recording audio descriptions. Strong writing skills preferred.