SCA Interns in front of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Internships through the National Park Service are a great way to gain experience working in ecology, history, conservation, education, or law enforcement while working on your degree.

Cape Lookout National Seashore offers several internship positions in addition to the seasonal volunteer opportunities (please note: most of these seasonal volunteer positions require pairs of volunteers).

Some of the internship opportunities in each park division...

Administration Assist with the managerial duties of the park, including updating and maintaining data records, processing parking and visitor use permits, and other planning and operations responsibilities.

Cultural and Natural Resource Management Recent internships in this division have included identifying and marking sea turtle nests and observing and recording data on the wild horses on Shackleford Banks.

Interpretation Intern duties may include representing park and providing information in one of the visitor centers, giving pre-developed interpretive programs, and assisting visitors on climbing tours of the Cape Lookout lighthouse.

Visitor and Resource Protection Shadow Law Enforcement Rangers as they patrol park grounds, assist with non-law enforcement duties such as rescues, and assist resource management with wildlife sign maintenance.

As an intern you:

  • Provide valuable service for Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Receive specialized training and experience in your field
  • Can earn college credit through your school (Check with your advisor for details)
  • Are given free housing (if available and required)
  • May receive a living allowance and travel expenses (SCA interns, others if available)

Many internships are filled through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Additional student internship opportunities at Cape Lookout and at parks across the country, may be available through other partnership programs.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information:

VIP Coordinator
Cape Lookout National Seashore
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC 28531
252-728-2250 ext. 8909

For group opportunities, check the group volunteer page.

Last updated: October 20, 2023

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Harkers Island, NC 28531


252 728-2250

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