Our open internship opportunities for the 2020 summer semester are listed below. 

Education and Programs Intern

Semester: Summer 2020

Hours Per Week: 25+, schedule includes some nights and weekends.

Compensation: $1200; course credit subject to approval.

Summary:

This internship is an opportunity to gain experience designing, supporting, and leading programs and tours at a small museum. The intern will work directly with full time staff, but will have the opportunity to work independently and manage projects. The intern’s projects will directly impact the way visitors and community members experience the museum. Applicants should have an interest or background in history, education, museum studies, theatre, art history, or other related fields.

Responsibilities:

  • Welcome and engage visitors in the galleries
  • Lead tours and programs for school-aged, intergenerational, and adult audiences
  • Develop and implement tours and programs for a variety of audiences
  • Serve as tour guide on the museum’s Ghost Walk evening program
  • Create participatory, informal gallery activities
  • Assist with public museum events
  • 25+ weekly onsite hours are required for this internship, including regular nights and weekends

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Be flexible, well organized, and able to multi-task
  • Be a creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas
  • Be willing to lead tour groups for a variety of audiences

Apply With:

  • Thoughtful Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

Send to: William Hazel, Executive Director, william@vbsrm.org

Visitor Services Management Intern

Semester: Summer 2020

Hours Per Week: 25+, schedule to include some nights and weekends.

Compensation: $1200, course credit subject to approval.

Summary:

This internship is an opportunity to gain visitor services and management experience at a small museum on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. The intern will work directly with full time staff, but will have the opportunity to work independently and manage projects. The intern’s projects will directly impact visitors’ experience as well as daily operations and revenue. Applicants should have an interest or background in business, tourism, or other related fields.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and organize museum gift shop, including daily cash reconciliation
  • Engage museum visitors to promote admissions, memberships, donations, and sales
  • Conduct survey and observational research regarding guest experience and engagement
  • Create and implement methods for increasing visitation and gift shop sales
  • Create, analyze, and present daily, weekly, and monthly sales reports
  • Manage gift shop one night per week during evening tour programming
  • Provide outstanding customer service to all museum visitors and guests.
  • Assist with museum special events as needed.
  • 25+ weekly onsite hours are required for this internship, including regular nights and weekends

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Be flexible, well organized, and able to multi-task
  • Be a creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas
  • Be willing to handle cash and credit card transactions in a retail environment

Apply With:

  • Thoughtful Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

Send to: Jessica Dresen, Visitor Services Manager, jessica@vbsrm.org

Information Technology & Website Intern

Semester: Summer 2020

Hours Per Week: 15+

Compensation: $500.00, course credit subject to approval

Summary:

This internship is an opportunity to gain experience designing, supporting, and developing WordPress based web applications at a small museum. The intern will work directly with full time staff, but will have the opportunity to work independently and manage projects. The intern’s projects will directly impact the way visitors and community members experience the museum. Applicants should have an interest or background in website & digital development.

Responsibilities:

  • Further develop and enhance museum’s website
  • Enhance website SEO & further develop Google Analytics reporting
  • Assist in creating online tour reservation platform
  • Develop online e-commerce for museum store
  • Assist as needed with public museum events
  • 15+ weekly onsite hours are required for this internship.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Be flexible, well organized, and able to multi-task
  • Be a creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas
  • Have a strong desire to expand website knowledge and abilities

Apply With:

  • Thoughtful Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

Send to: William Hazel, Executive Director, william@vbsrm.org

“I figured out that a small museum is the place for me.”

Heather Jenkins, Exhibits Intern, Fall 2017

“This internship has motivated me even more to pursue a career in the archives. It has given me the confidence and knowledge that will guide me during the application process for grad school.”

Clarissa Miller, Archival Intern, Fall 2017

“This internship made me realize how precious and powerful our history is. It also deepened my love for writing.”

Alura Romero, Creative Content Intern, Fall 2017

“I loved this internship! I got even more experience in a variety of museum operations and programs than I expected. This internship really stands apart from others because they give interns duties and tasks with responsibility.”

Kristin Tremper, Programs Intern, Summer 2018

“I got to apply skills I’ve learned throughout my training to a business outside of school.”

Brianna Jones, Graphic Design Intern, Summer 2018

“This internship has helped me become more confident and has deepened my love of the public history field.”

Camille Coe, Programs Intern, Summer 2018

“I truly enjoyed working with everyone involved with the museum and this experience has provided me with many new skills.”

Raleigh Leavitt, Programs Intern, Summer 2018

“It was awesome to be a part of a business that was not only super flexible with my professional pursuits but also so helpful!”

Tylar McGill, Video Marketing Intern, Summer 2018