Volunteers & Internships

We Love Our Volunteers!

Something for everyone.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum was founded by the spirit of volunteerism. We rely on the support of our community and are so grateful for our volunteers. 

Volunteers help us with many different kinds of tasks, ranging from giving guided tours, helping staff special events, and helping with grounds projects and clean up. 

Are you interested in being more involved in your community? Want to meet new people and be part of something bigger? Contact us today to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests! 

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Learn By Doing

Internships offer hands-on learning.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Inc. in Kenly, North Carolina offers internships to interested undergraduate and graduate students, and new professionals. Interns gain valuable real-world experience working in a non-profit museum environment, developing professional skills as they carry out hands-on projects.


Each intern will complete an individual project while also assisting with daily tasks involved with running a museum. Interns will learn from museum professionals and receive professional development mentoring.

Interns can specialize in the following areas: collections/curatorial, education, or marketing/management.

Interested candidates must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program with an interest in history, museums, public history, non-profit management, parks & recreation, tourism & hospitality, agritourism, or agriculture; or be a recent graduate of such a program. Undergraduate candidates must have completed their first year of studies before applying.

Summer 2022 Internship Description – Tool Research & Cataloging Internship

The Summer Internship Position at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in summer 2022 is made possible with support from the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. 

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is offering a paid internship for a student interested in historic tools and machinery, historic trades, museum cataloging and related subjects. The Museum is seeking an intern to assist with research and identification of historic tools in the museum’s working collection.  The student would work with our collection of farm workshop tools currently housed in the reproduction farm workshop on site in order to inventory, photograph, identify, describe, and better display those items. The intern will work with museum staff and be trained in best practices for handling and inventorying museum artifacts. 

In addition to gaining experience in museum cataloging processes and the history of tools, the intern will also get a full view of what it is like to work in a small museum by assisting with daily operations such as checking in visitors at the front desk, leading guided tours, staffing special events, etc. based on need, intern interest and skill level. The intern will be expected to work well independently and to complete 100 hours of work over the course of the summer semester (May through August with flexible start and end dates).

Pay: $13/hour
To apply please fill out the application here: https://forms.gle/nb5vLXS9pxBHFxMn9

Applications are due March 4, 2022. 

For more information contact Beth Nevarez at bethn@tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org