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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Stringing and tying demonstrations

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.

For Fall 2021, the Museum has a special, grant-funded internship opportunity. The Fall Exhibit Research Internship Position at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in fall 2021 is made possible with support from Johnston County Unrestricted Endowment Fund and Cara Lee Powell Priest Endowment for Johnston County, component funds of the North Carolina Community Foundation. 

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is offering a paid internship for students interested in historical research for the purposes of creating public exhibits. The Museum is developing new exhibits that feature diverse stories related to the museum’s mission to preserve and present the history of rural life and small farming families in Eastern North Carolina from 1880 to 1950. The selected intern will choose a topic in consultation with museum staff and in keeping with the museum’s future exhibit goals and will conduct research with the supervision and direction of museum staff. For more information, see the full listing here

Interested candidates should submit an application here.

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 Internship Program (September– December 2021) is July 31, 2021.