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Jobs and volunteering

We invite you to learn more about:

Job Vacancies

Internship Program

Are you looking for an internship position? Whether you are interested in museum collections, public relations, or education, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is a great place to learn about the different skills necessary to work in a museum. All interns must be at least eighteen years old.  Intenship applications require a cover letter and resume. In order to qualify for a PAID internship you must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school.

current Internships

Collections Division

Exhibitions & Publications Division

Guest Engagement Division

Please fill out the internship application form and submit any additional paperwork required by the job posting.

Bobby Chandler Internship

The Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously supported by the Kip Kephart Foundation. Bobby Chandler Interns are responsible for leading tours of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture's long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, conducting hands-on workshops for students in the Bluford Classroom and assisting the Educational Services staff with programs for audiences of all ages.

The internship spans two semesters: the fall semester of the internship is unpaid but carries academic credit; during the spring semester a $1,000 stipend is paid out on an hourly basis. Participants must commit to both semesters to be considered for the internship, and they must be available during weekday mornings in the spring. Applicants must be over eighteen, actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, and have access to reliable transportation to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Applicants with knowledge in liberal arts and education are strongly encouraged to apply. The applicant will be required to undergo a background check.

John T. Wilkes Internship

The purpose of the John T. Wilkes internship is to give a student of history a meaningful work experience in a museum setting. The internship will expose the student to various aspects of historical research and interpretation and allow him or her to interact with the society’s varied constituencies. The opportunity brings with it an introduction to best practices in the field of public history and museum education. The application deadline for this internship has passed.

Docent and Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Our volunteers have the opportunity to gain exposure in the workings of a museum and contribute valuable visitor services to our guests.

Qualified volunteers should possess a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, proficiency with computers, and an understanding that reliability is critical.

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications outlined below, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. The Virginia Historical Society does not accept court-mandated volunteers.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the following positions:

Docents
Docents conduct gallery tours and provide classroom programs in the VMHC’s education center. These volunteers should have a love of Virginia history, be comfortable working with different audiences (public and private schools, home-schooled groups, and community groups), and be willing to commit to the training required. Monthly time commitments are flexible, but docents are required to attend monthly meetings. 

Information Desk/Gallery Ambassadors
Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, answer questions, and direct visitors to galleries and exhibits. Volunteers should be knowledgeable about current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events in the building.

Shifts are available daily from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, or 2:00-4:00). The ideal candidates will be able to commit to a monthly schedule of at least 1 shift per week.

Museum Store/Boulevard Desk                                                                                
Volunteers in the museum store provide friendly customer service and assist in daily sales transactions. Volunteers help with unpacking and tagging merchandise, and operate the point-of-sale system and telephone. Retail volunteers will gain knowledge of inventory and back stock, and help manage the sales floor at the museum store.

Volunteers at the Boulevard Desk will greet visitors, handle admission transactions, and answer the phone.  These positions require cash handling and experience with a POS system.

Shifts are available daily from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. The ideal candidates will be able to commit to a monthly schedule of at least 1 shift per week.

Special Event Volunteers
These volunteers are “on call” and are contacted if there is an upcoming event for which we need extra help. These are usually either evening or weekend events, such as our Virginia History Day, July 4th Naturalization Ceremony, BrewHaHa Craft Beer Festival, special evening lectures, etc.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture?

Dana Fariss

Dana Fariss, Manager of Volunteer Support

Are you interested in learning about internship or volunteer opportunities at the Virginia Historical Society? Please contact me at 804.342.9643 or at dfariss@VirginiaHistory.org and I will help you find a position that matches your interests.

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