Duke Homestead Internship Program

Duke Homestead will provide an internship experience that supports site goals as well as the career development of students and young professionals. Interns will have the unique opportunity to work behind the scenes in two environments: a historic site and museum. Duke Homestead will host 3 interns per season (Summer, Fall, Spring) with a concentration in one of the following areas:

Education
Visitor Services
Collections
Exhibits
Event Planning
Facility Management

We are only able to host 1 intern per concentration at a given time, so please include your top 3 choices in your application.
Special research projects or internship focuses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Internship Responsibilities and Requirements

Each internship at Duke Homestead will include basic site duties as well as a project specific to your interests. These basic site duties include:

Visitor services – Greeting and orienting site visitors, operating gift shop register, giving regular tours

School Groups – Leading sections of school programs, including living history activities

Special Events – Assisting with any special event that occurs during your time at Duke Homestead

Basic site operations – Light cleaning and assistance with maintenance duties/projects as necessary

Below are descriptions for each internship concentration area. Each internship will have a unique project related to the concentration area in addition to the fundamental responsibilities described above. Please include your top three choices in your application.

Duke Homestead is currently taking applications for the Spring of 2016. Please email duke@ncdcr.gov for more information.

Collections

Collections interns will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with historic site and museum artifacts. During the course of the semester, students will learn collections management best practices, assist NCHS curatorial staff with artifact inventory, and assist with care and cleaning of objects. Each semester, an intern in this area of concentration will plan and execute a special project under the supervision of site staff.

Education

Duke Homestead is looking for interns to assist in the creation of a field trip plan for middle and high school students on sharecropping in North Carolina during Reconstruction. The intern will also help conduct living history programs for visiting school groups and conduct visitor's services.

Event Planning

Event planning interns may assist with creating a new event or developing new ideas for existing events. This will be a hands on opportunity to develop and create plans for children’s summer camps at the site, create new living history activities for special events, or develop a new event representing the Duke Homestead or 19th century lifeways.

Exhibits

Exhibits interns will assist the Site Manager and Duke Homestead team in the process of creating temporary exhibits in the Tobacco Museum. Interns will have the opportunity to experience several aspects of exhibit creation in a small museum setting. Tasks may include archival research, identifying artifacts, writing text panels, exhibit design, and installation.

Visitor Services

Duke Homestead is looking for interns who will be responsible for Visitor Services, which include giving our 45 minute guided tour, greeting and orienting visitors as they enter the Visitor Center, and helping to conduct our educational programming for visiting school groups. Interns will also have the opportunity to work on on-going interpretation projects such as costume making and creating interactive activities for visitors.

Facility Management

Our Facility Management Internship offers a diverse opportunity to assist with seasonal park management task such as mowing, weed whacking, gardening, landscape and trail maintenance, building maintenance, light custodial work and more. Learn key grounds and historic building management skills, while helping maintain our beautiful outdoor space. There are opportunities for training and professional development in a variety of trades and facility management disciplines.

The schedule is typically from 7:00 am-3:30 pm during summer months, but may have some flexibility. The duties involved are physical and strenuous in nature. You must be able to walk uneven terrain, work in high temperatures and varied weather conditions, and lift up to 50 lbs.