Internships & Careers

We place emphasis on preparing students for successful careers through a combination of applied and classroom learning. Combining specialized regional knowledge with technical and professional training, many students refine their skills through rewarding work with a range of community, cultural, and government organizations. 

Karen Russo working as an intern with the Edible Schoolyard program.

Photo: Karen Russo working as an intern with the Edible Schoolyard program.


The Center for Appalachian Studies has long-term relationships with a broad range of organizations that support internship placements. Students are also encouraged to develop their networking skills by building new connections. Appalachian Studies graduate students have completed internships with:


Degree programs in Appalachian Studies empower students to flourish in careers within and beyond the region. Whether focused on regional sustainability, culture or music, graduates cultivate technical and applied skills that translate into public, private, and non-profit job opportunities. Some of the jobs our students have earned upon graduation include:

  • Appalachian Fellows Rector  
  • Director of Program Development
  • Chief Ranger
  • Archivist
  • Folklorist
  • Director of Outdoor Programs 
  • Curator
  • Chamber of Commerce   
    Genealogy and Local History Librarian 
  • Appalshop
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • North Carolina Folklore Institute
  • The Mountain Times
  • Assistant District Attorney General
  • Agricultural Program Manager
  • Donor Relations Coordinator
  • Traditional Music Coordinator
  • Special Master for the 10th Judicial District Court 
  • Director for the Center for Appalachian Studies 
  • Blue Ridge Seeds of Change