“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

The Valentine is pleased to announce three exciting internship opportunities during the Summer of 2020.  See below for descriptions and application procedures.


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.


Summer 2020 internship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020.


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. Interns are required to complete 150 hours of work during the semester.


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, please contact call 804-649-0711 or email intern@thevalentine.org Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities

Visitor Services Research Intern

Visitor Services / Wickham House Research Intern

This intern will work on the ongoing research project intended to support interpretation of the Wickham House. This project entails primary source documentation and research at off-site archive locations including the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Historical Society. The intern will also help the Visitor Services Manager with visitor logistics as needed.

The intern should expect to:

  • Build on existing research skills, learning how to navigate an archival collection and transcribe 18th century documents.
  • Learn how research conducted at a museum is put to use by front line staff.
  • Understand the role of Visitor Services at a small museum.

Anticipated outcomes/products can include:

  • Transcribed and/or summarized Wickham primary documents available to tour guides.
  • Intern report/presentation on relevant topic.
  • A draft of the tour introduction sheet.
Education and Programming Intern

Education and Programming Intern – Controversy/History

The Valentine’s Controversy/History Intern will assist with planning, organization and development of the museum’s Controversy/History conversation and speaker series. Duties will primarily focus on conducting research on Richmond history topics, writing, collections research, development of PowerPoint presentations and social media assistance. Candidates must be able to work independently and have strong research, written and oral communication skills.

The intern should expect to:

  • Learn about and assist with development of a museum adult education series, including topics planning, speaker selection, setting goals and marketing.
  • Gain skills conducting research with primary and secondary sources to be utilized by the museum’s education department and shared with the public.
  • Gain experience synthesizing complex history research into accessible and interesting presentations for the general public.
  • Learn about the field of museum education and professional opportunities in the museum field in general.

Anticipated outcomes/products can include:

  • Research conducted by the intern will be used to develop presentations for each event of the Controversy/ History series.
  • The intern will assist in researching potential speakers and drafting social media and event descriptions.
  • Research conducted by the intern is used to inform other programming development, such as student and adult programs.
Exhibition Design Intern

Exhibition Design Intern

The intern will work with Valentine curator Meg Hughes and collaborating artist Chaz Barracks to create a brand identity and other graphic design products (text panels and collateral materials) for the exhibition “DONT TOUCH MY HAIR RVA,” which explores the complexity of Black hair as an expression of identity, community and Black joy.

The intern should expect to:

  • Learn how public history can explore contemporary issues within a historical framework.
  • Become familiar with standards for museum exhibit design and designing in 3-dimensional spaces
  • Explore how to create a brand identity for a community-based project to which a diverse group of audiences will respond and that can be used in a variety of print and digital environments, including but not limited to university spaces, Black hair salons and barbershops, and or community centers that serve Black queer livelihoods.

Anticipated outcomes/products can include:

  • Creation of exhibition logo, color palette, text panel designs and digital and print collateral materials.
  • Assist with development of exhibition design and image/object presentation installation strategies.