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.
Summer 2019 Internship Applications are now open.
Applications are due by midnight on Friday, March 15th
Since 2006 the Valentine has offered funded summer internships to students interested in working in the museum field. Generously funded by the Kip Kephart Foundation and in memory of Bobby Chandler, Valentine Summer Internships provide 5 students with a $1000 stipend upon the conclusion of their internship. We are currently reviewing applications for students interested in working in the following departments:
Costumes & Textiles
In addition, the Valentine will offer an unfunded internship in the General Collections department.
How to apply?
- Review the Valentine Summer Internship FAQ page.
- Review internship descriptions and determine which departments you’d like to work with. You may apply to (up to) 3 different departments. In your application you will be asked to explain your choices.
- Fill out the online application and upload an unofficial transcript, cover letter, resume and a short essay describing Richmond in 3 words.
For first-hand accounts from past interns read about our Summer 2018 intern experiences on our blog.
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 the Valentine Carriage House Cafe and free admission to the Valentine Galleries during the internship period.
Intern parking is fully covered by the Valentine at the MCV Hospital and Museum visitor deck.
“This experience provided the hands-on experience I needed to operationalize so much of what I learned in classes.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I truly appreciated how the staff treated me as an equal work. 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.”