Internships at the Museum

NCMNS Internships

Discover a wide variety of volunteer and internship opportunities at the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Volunteers and Interns provide vital support to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and its mission. They add diversity and depth to the Museum's staff, allowing the Museum to better connect with the community. In return, these valuable individuals are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn new skills while gaining valuable experiences in a unique environment.


  • College sophomore or higher. We also accept recent graduates.
  • In good academic standing.
  • Enthusiastic about science, research, museum studies or engaging with guests.


  • Credit internships—135 hrs. or however many hours are required by your university, whichever is higher. Academic advisor or class professor must sign off to approve credit (includes project).
  • Non-credit/experience internships—120 hrs. (includes project). Does not need a signature.

Spring 2024 Applications are now closed. Summer 2024 Applications will open in February 2024.


State of North Carolina Internship Program

This internship program provides students with professional work experience that connects their classroom experiences and potential career choices.

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open! Applications close January 8, 2024.
More about State of NC internships and how to apply

HBCU/MIHE Internship Program

The Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU) & Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Internship is a paid, ten-week program designed to expose, engage and educate students by giving them tangible, real-world experience with various divisions within the department.

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open! Applications close January 8, 2024.
More about HBCU/MIHE internships and how to apply