College students, graduate students, upper level high school students, and recent graduates can gain practical museum experience, as well as professional workplace experience and organizational skills, through part-time internships at the Swannanoa Valley Museum during the summer and throughout the academic year. Placement is based on academic and extracurricular experience, expressed interest in specific fields, and advisor recommendations. The number of positions available varies depending on the museum’s needs.

In addition to receiving on-the-job training, interns have the opportunity to interact with one another and members of the Museum community. While these positions are unpaid, interns have an opportunity to work towards a paid position.

Areas to Intern


Education interns work with museum staff to design lesson plans for school groups, text panels for exhibits, news articles for local papers and have a first hand experience of working in a local history museum.


Curatorial interns gain experience in how to care for museum objects, package, label and research new acquisitions. Museum interns will also gain knowledge of ephemera, oral histories, photographs, and Past Perfect software.


Programming interns interested in events, hikes, tours, book signings and working with the general public will work directly with museum staff and volunteers to assist with the details of putting together museum programs.


Having an online presence is the virtual storefront of the museum. Marketing interns will have an in depth look at what goes on behind the scenes to get the word out about new museum offerings.


NOTE: Students looking to do research required to complete a thesis or project are invited to make use of the museum’s primary resources to reference even if you do not complete an internship with us.

Have a community service requirement? Other volunteer and docent opportunities are also available depending on the museum’s needs. Please check with a staff member or follow the link to learn more.

Questions? Email us at or call the Museum, 828-669-9566.