Internship Descriptions

Below are our current internship offerings for the Summer 2018.

We are currently accepting applications for interns interested in working in the following departments (these internships are funded through the Kip Kephart Foundation):
Costumes & Textiles
General Collections
Public Relations

Students who are seeking an unfunded internship may apply to work in any of the departments listed above and may also apply for an internships with:

Fundraising and Development
Public Programs and Education
Museum Registrar

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Summer 2018  Internship Opportunities and Descriptions


The Valentine museum is currently seeking an intern to assist in basic cataloging, data entry and rehousing of manuscripts and records in the Archives collection. The intern will learn the principles of archival arrangement and description, become familiar with hierarchical cataloging and handle a wide range of collections, from family papers to organizational and business records.

Qualified candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in History, Art History, Museums Studies or Library Science, have a strong attention to detail and a great interest in museum, library and/or archival work. Experience with archival principles and with the Proficio database is welcomed.

Costumes & Textiles Internship:

The Costumes & Textiles intern will assist with auditing and rehousing the permanent collection. This job involves basic cataloguing, location based audits and the digital documentation of objects. Interns will develop object sensitivity awareness, learn costume storage techniques, observe important examples of historic costumes and learn the research skills, curatorial language and analytic proficiency required in daily cataloguing.

Candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field, have strong attention to detail, a basic understanding of fashion and/or textile history and some object handling skills. Experience with Proficio database welcome.

Development Department Internship:

The Development intern will provide a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general support to the Valentine’s development team. This job involves assisting the development staff in entering data into Raisers Edge, filing constituent information, fulfilling auction requests, and assisting with special events on and off site. Interns will be provided an opportunity to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofit development, The Raisers Edge database and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization with a local reach.

Candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field, have strong attention to detail and a basic understanding of development and nonprofits.

General Collections – Collection Management Internship:

The intern will participate in the day-to-day management of the museum’s collections. Through work with existing ethnographic materials, interns learn the techniques and materials used to move, handle, track, support, and shelve ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. Interns will photograph ethnographic and archaeological materials for the database project. Interns will be given an introduction to the use of the collections database, conduct supporting research and work with the collections team under the direct supervision of the Elise H. Wright Curator of General Collections and the Collections Project Manager and Registrar. Graduate students with a proven interest in Native American studies, Native American artifacts, museum studies, anthropology, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Human Resources and Finance
Under the supervision of the Director of Finance, the Accounting Intern will be responsible for assisting with the processing of financial transactions for the Finance Department of The Valentine by performing the following duties:

  • Verifies, allocates, and post the details of business transactions to subsidiary accounts in journals or computer files from documents such as sales slips, invoices, receipts, check stubs, and computer printouts.
  • Reconciles and balance accounts as assigned.
  • Provide administrative support in order to ensure effective and efficient office operations.
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate with diverse populations
  • Professional demeanor
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word programs
  • Well organized with attention to detail and ability to carry out tasks independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Education & Public Programs

The public programs department is seeking an intern interested in museum education and programming for all ages.  The intern will work closely with the Student Programs Manager to prepare for summer program group visits and will work to create and develop lesson plans, teacher resources and adult programs. Additional duties may include assisting and attending teacher training, special events and staff meetings and working to research new hands on history lesson plans.

Candidates should have an interest in teaching, museum education or public programs, be pursuing a career in a related field and available to intern between 9 and 12 at least one day a week.

Public Relations and Social Media Internship
The Valentine seeks a highly motivated Public Relations and Social Media Intern to assist with a variety of projects ranging from basic social-media maintenance and updates to assistance in crafting a brand-new social media policy. Candidates should have a familiarity with Richmond history, a love of the River City, understanding of communications and social media practices, and be able to commit at least 12-15 hours per week.

Over the duration of the semester, the internship will require working with many departments of the museum including Development, Collections, Education, Programs, Visitor Services and Tours. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend Museum events.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Working with the Director of Public Relations and Marketing to develop, create and hone posts on a variety of social media platforms, scheduling content and conducting research.
  • Assisting with the Richmond History Makers Program, including processing the honoree nominations, assisting with mailings, and working with the Director of Public Relations and Marketing to produce relevant content
  • Posting events to public calendars and the website calendar and ensuring timely updates
  • Assisting in the process of streamlining website content and ensuring a unified voice
  • Writing, researching, editing and posting blog entries to the Valentine website
  • Assisting with special events, exhibition openings, meetings, and other administrative tasks


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience in the professional use of social media
  • Working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to the Mission of the Valentine
  • Appreciation of history, Richmond, and the creative use of PR and marketing to expand public awareness of the Valentine.