Summer and Semester Internships at Historic Stagville

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Stagville State Historic Site is a portion of one of the largest plantations in the state of North Carolina. By 1860, the slaveholding family owned nearly 30,000 acres of land, and claimed ownership over more than 900 enslaved people. The site features the first house built for slaveholders, four houses where enslaved families lived, and a barn constructed by enslaved craftsmen. 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, Research, and Marketing and Publicity. Stagville welcomes undergraduate and graduate interns, during summers or semesters.

All internships are unpaid. 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. Preference is given to interns who can work Saturdays.

Due to the large size of the site, internships are difficult to arrange for interns who do not have their own transportation.


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 display, presentation, outreach program, or education program).

**The above are minimum requirements for internships at Historic Stagville. Internships done in conjunction with a degree fulfilling requirement may require additional work and, in most cases, will take precedence over Historic Stagville internship requirements. The Assistant Site Manager will work with the intern in finalizing internship requirements.


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 UNC library, 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 You will be contacted with further questions and information to determine if the internship is a good fit. Thank you for your interest!

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Open 9am-5pm,

Guided tours will go out at 11, 1, and 3. Self-guided tours are also available during opening hours.

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