Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

“Volunteers and interns provide the State Archives with much-needed assistance in our work to preserve, describe and make accessible the documentary heritage of our great state.  They serve future researchers by working on indexing and other projects that increase the visibility of our collections.  Come be a part of our work to share our great collections in-person and online!” -  Sarah Koonts, State Archivist

Volunteers and interns at the State Archives of North Carolina learn new skills, enhance career opportunities, and make professional and social contacts.  See below to learn more about the opportunities we offer. We look forward to working with you!

For volunteer and internship inquiries, contact us at internship.archives@ncdcr.gov.


Volunteer and Internship Process

What is a volunteer?

Volunteers provide support to the mission of the State Archives of North Carolina without expectation of pay. Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone with experience or interest in archives and the history and heritage of North Carolina. Whatever skills you have, we are committed to finding the right opportunity for you.

What is an intern?

Internships at the State Archives of North Carolina provide opportunities to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to become familiar with the inner workings of archives.  Through this partnership interns can receive practical experiences to help clarify and further career goals. These internships are for experience and are not paid positions.  Internships are open to high school students, college undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates.  Eligibility varies for each internship term. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. If you need course credit for your internship work, please discuss that with the internship coordinator before beginning your internship.

How do I apply?

  1. Download and complete either the volunteer or internship form.
  2. Attach your updated resumé.
  3. In your cover letter address the following:
    • Your career goals
    • How this experience will help you achieve those goals
    • Skills, activities, prior experience, and/or coursework relevant to archives

Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by phone or email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

  • July 1: Fall Semester (16 weeks)
  • November 1: Spring Semester (16 weeks)
  • March 1: Summer semester (12 weeks)