Internships & Careers

The academic programs in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University 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 preparation through rewarding work with a range of community, cultural, and government organizations. Learn more about what you can do with an MA degree in Appalachian Studies

Karen Russo working as intern in Edible Schoolyard garden

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

While students are led to develop their networking skills in identifying appropriate internship opportunities, the Center for Appalachian Studies has long-term relationships with a broad range of organizations that support internship placements. Appalachian Studies graduate students have completed internships with:


Degree programs in Appalachian Studies empower students to develop career options within and beyond the Appalachian 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