The Valentine offers year-round, funded undergraduate and graduate level internships. The program strives to provide equitable access to hands-on, project-based experiences in the museum field. See below for a list of current internship opportunities, as well as more information on how to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for available internships, fill out the online Internship Application and upload a resume, cover letter, unofficial school transcript and writing sample using the online form.

Current Internship Opportunities

Fall 2023 Adult Programs & Controversy History Internship

Full Description Here

The Education and Engagement department is seeking an intern interested in public engagement as well as adult museum education. The intern will work closely with the Adult Programs and Tours Manager to update and develop new adult outreach programs as well as assist with the Controversy/History series.

Fall 2023 Costume & Textiles Programs Internship

Full Description Here

The Education and Engagement and Collections department is seeking an intern interested in costume and textiles as well as adult museum education. The intern will work closely with the curator of Costumes and Textiles as well as the Adult Programs and Tours Manager to develop new outreach programs related to fashion history.

Internship FAQs


Internships are open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate, certificate or graduate program. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply – but if you have been out of school for 9 months or more, we encourage you to explore our volunteer opportunities.


To be considered for our Fall 2023 internship opportunities, please submit your materials by the deadline listed in the position description.


Thanks to generous donors including the Kip Kephart Foundation, the Valentine is able to provide $1,500 stipends to all interns upon successful completion of their internship.

Internship Schedules

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, with an expectation of 10-20 hours per week.


Benefits include: 10% discounts in the Museum Store, free admission to the Valentine Galleries during the internship period, and free parking at the MCV Hospital and Museum visitor parking deck.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Sophia McCrimmon, Visitor Services & Volunteer Programs Manager, at or (804) 649-0711 ext. 351.

“This experience provided the hands-on experience I needed to operationalize so much of what I learned in classes.”  Summer 2018 Archives Intern

“The environment for interns was incredibly welcoming, I felt that I was able to have thought provoking and friendly conversations with people in all different departments.”  Summer 2018 Public Relations Intern

“Throughout everyday work I was always well informed as to what was expected of me that day and that week.  I always felt supported and like my voice was heard if I was struggling with something or if I had an opinion about a certain task.  I received constant feedback as well as encouragement.”  Spring 2018 Museum Education Intern

“I truly appreciated how the staff treated me as an equal worker.  This instilled valuable professional respect and confidence in my experience…I valued my opportunity to productively contribute to the museum’s mission through my individualized projects.”  Summer 2017 General Collections Intern

“”I like that I could pitch ideas and be listened to.  I also appreciated the flexibility around my academic schedule.”  Fall 2019 Marketing Intern