Whether completing an inventory of an important collection, teaching a hands-on educational program to school children or helping to plan a development event, interns promote the Valentine Richmond History Center’s mission to collect, preserve and interpret our region’s rich history.
The History Center offers year-round undergraduate and graduate level internships in the museum field, with projects designed to benefit both the intern and the History Center.
“I can safely say that my internship at the History Center broadened my way of thinking. Being an art history student I was well-versed with practices at large art museums. But being able to experience the museum’s extensive collection and work with photographs and original documents opened my eyes to the workings of a small history museum. I found myself fascinated by the rich history of the city and the innumerable ways in which we can make it come alive to all our various audiences. Working in the education department, I became well acquainted with day-to-day operations as well as larger undertakings like writing programming. In doing so I learned to manage tour schedules, coordinate with visiting groups, and tailor programs to different visitors - all skills that have served me well in my current museum position. Though my career has since taken me out of Richmond I look back on the city fondly in no small part due to the knowledge and nostalgia I gained during my time at the Valentine."
-Glenna Barlow, Education and Interpretation Associate, Telfair Museum of Art
(Intern, Summer 2011)
"Interning at the History Center in the Development, Public Relations and Marketing Departments, the fall of my junior year of college (Randolph-Macon College) was enriching beyond belief and confirmed to me that I did in fact want to work in some sort of museum setting after college."
-Nicole Morton, Gunston Hall
(Intern, Fall 2011)
Internships are regularly available in following departments:
Funded internships are made possible through the Bobby Chandler Internship program, which is generously funded by the Kip Kephart Foundation. These internships are awarded through a competitive application process to up to five interns each summer. A minimum commitment of 150 hours is required. An honorarium will be provided upon completion. Funded internships are open to students currently enrolled in college or graduate school, as well as recent graduates seeking professional experience.
To apply for a Funded Summer Internship, please submit a completed internship application (which will include a copy of your resume, cover letter detailing two or more departments of interest, unofficial college transcripts and one letter of recommendation from a college professor). Letters of recommendation may be emailed to the Assistant Director of Education or mailed to the Valentine Richmond History Center:
Attn: Marisa Day
1015 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews no later than April 10, 2014. Finalists will be notified of their acceptance and placement in mid to late April.
Unpaid internships are available year-round for undergraduate and graduate students interested in receiving course credit for hands on museum experience. Recent graduates looking for hands-on experience or should consider applying to volunteer with the History Center.
To apply for a General Internship Send a completed internship application along with your resume and cover letter to the Assistant Director of Education. Your cover letter should include three departments of interest, and how an internship at theValentineRichmondHistoryCenter will impact your future career and/or academic goals.
Application Deadlines for General Internships
Fall – August 1st
Spring – November 20th
Summer – March 20th
Interns work during the business week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. Schedules are arranged between the intern and their supervisor.
Benefits include: 10% discounts in the Gift Shop and Sally Bell's Kitchen and free admission to the History Center Galleries during the internship period.
Intern parking is not fully covered by the History Center, although discounted rates are available in neighborhood parking decks. The HistoryCenter's small lot is reserved for visitors, members and appointments.