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’s mission to collect, preserve and interpret our region’s rich history.
The Valentine offers year-round undergraduate and graduate level internships in the museum field, with projects designed to benefit both the intern and the Valentine.
“I can safely say that my internship at the Valentine 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 Valentine 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 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 enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates (Spring 2015) will also be considered for this internship.
Students not looking to receive compensation for their internship may still apply for a General Summer internship at the Valentine – please indicate that you are applying for an unfunded internship in your application.
To apply for a summer internship: Send a completed internship application along with your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript and the contact information for 2-3 professional or academic references to the Assistant Director of Public Programs. Your cover letter should include three departments of interest, and how an internship at the Valentine will impact your future career and/or academic goals.
Official transcripts, letters of recommendation or other supplemental material smay be emailed to the Assistant Director of Public Programs or mailed to the Valentine:
Attn: Marisa Day
1015 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Application Deadlines for General Internships
Fall – August 1st
Spring – November 20th
Summer – March 1st
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 Museum Store and Sally Bell's Kitchen and free admission to the Valentine Galleries during the internship period.
Intern parking is not fully covered by the Valentine, although discounted rates are available in neighborhood parking decks. The Valentine's small lot is reserved for visitors, members and appointments.