Do you love history? Do you thrive on public speaking and public service? Interested in both museum and historic site experience? Join the Duke Homestead team!

Summer Internship opportunity

Duke Homestead State Historic Site’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of the Washington Duke Homestead and the North Carolina tobacco industry. We are seeking a summer intern to research and write new interpretive panels for the Tobacco Museum, which will help to provide critical updates to better serve the visitor experience and to fulfill our mission. This Internship will offer students/emerging professionals ownership over a large project with lasting impact, a chance to become familiar with the many facets of museum and historic site work, and opportunities to build both skill sets and networks.

Description of work:

  • 20-30 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • Work with the Assistant Site Manager to establish a timeline and create a plan for the new interpretive panels, focusing on adding a more diverse interpretation of tobacco history
  • Research and author approximately 10 new interpretive panels based on assigned subject matter (e.g. the role of enslaved people in the creation of brightleaf tobacco; labor issues in cigarette factories; examining the impact of tobacco on health)
  • Collaborate with NC Historic Sites graphic designer to achieve a final product; Assist in panel placement and final installation
  • Visitor services and special event staffing

 Stipend: $1,500 paid in three parts of $500 over the course of the internship.

Qualifications and Education:

  • MA/PhD students, or recent grads, of a Public History/Museum Studies program, or similar experience in the field
  • Knowledge of state and local history
  • Strong research, communication, and organizational skills
  • The ability to write effectively to a wide and varied audience

To apply, please submit:

  • Cover letter detailing your research, writing, and other experience which you feel have prepared you for this internship
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples—short-form (e.g. blog post, social media content, waysides) and long-form (e.g. school paper, academic article)
  • Academic and/or professional reference contacts

Submit all materials to Katie Vanhoy at by March 31st.