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Internship Opportunities

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Semester Internships

Stagville State Historic Site is a portion of one of the largest plantations in the state of North Carolina. Interpretation at Stagville focuses on the stories of enslaved people and their descendants. Stagville provides free, public tours of these structures, as well as events and education programs for all ages.

The internship program at Historic Stagville gives students experience in public history at one of North Carolina’s most distinctive historic sites. Interns can learn and develop skills in Public Speaking, Program Development, Education, Public History, Research, and Marketing and Publicity. Stagville welcomes undergraduate and graduate interns.

Semester internships are unpaid, and school credit may be available, depending on the student and their individual university program. Each intern makes a significant time commitment and takes responsibility for a specific project, while learning about all areas of work at a historic site. The exact hours and days of work will be decided upon between the Assistant Site Manager and the intern at the start of the internship. Interns must have their own transportation available.

Internship Components 

Each internship will include two components: interpretation, and an internship project.

For interpretation, all interns will learn to give guided tours, answer questions at the front desk, and interpret the site’s history. Our interns should be energized to discuss race, slavery, and history with the public.

Each intern will also complete an individual project that advances the work of Historic Stagville, while also benefiting the student. A written proposal will be submitted to the Assistant Site Manage for approval before work begins. All projects should have a tangible, public product (such as a report, display, presentation, outreach program, or education program).

Types of Internship Projects


Design or update education programs for the site. These programs could be for school field trips, homeschool programs, or special events.


Expand and promote Historic Stagville’s genealogical database, which contains over 2,500 names of enslaved people and their descendants. Work could include significant new research into a descendant family tree, organizing genealogy workshops, and creating displays or exhibits about descendants. Interns will meet descendants and assist to research their specific family history.


Interns interested in research will undertake a research project that contributes to the site’s public history. Stagville has options for archival work at local archives, and work with sources on-site. Research will result in a public program, tour, or exhibit at Stagville.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Assistant Site Manager, Vera Cecelski, at Thank you for your interest!

Become a Supporter

Historic Stagville depends on volunteers and donations from the public to make our historic venue a reality. Support levels include:

  • Individual $25
  • Joint $40
  • Contributing $75
  • Sustaining $100
  • Patron $250
  • Benefactor $500
  • Corporate $1000

If you would care to make a tax deductible donation, you may mail your donation to:
Historic Stagville Foundation
5828 Old Oxford Highway
Durham, NC 27712

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