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Internships for Students

Study possibilities exist with the art and architectural resources of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art and other art museums throughout the region.

A number of work possibilities exist through the Student Aid Program, affording students experience in assisting with the art, art history and museum programs.

In addition to regular classes, workshops in various media are offered annually, usually in connection with exhibitions and symposia. The department hosts a lively Faculty Lecture Series complimented by distinguished visiting artists and scholars from across the nation and abroad.


The museums listed below often offer internship opportunities, though many are unpaid. Cohen Career Center is another resource you can use to find internships. If your internship can include a research component, you might be able to earn academic credit for your work.

Art Museum Internship Opportunities

Note: many of these opportunities are unpaid.  The following list is not comprehensive, so there may be additional opportunities at other institutions not included here.  Before applying, be sure to determine application deadlines and request any letters of recommendation from faculty members or other referees well in advance (ideally at least two or three weeks).

Visit the Charles Center's Woody Internships in Museum Studies page.

General Information:

Association of Art Museums (AAMC)

Association of Art Museum Curators

Williamsburg area:

Colonial Williamsburg Museums

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg

Virginia area: 

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria

Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond

Children’s Museum of Richmond, Richmond

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk

Fairfax County parks, museums, and collections internships

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon

Initiative for Public Art – Reston IPAR, Reston


Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville

Mariners' Museum, Newport News

National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria

The Valentine History Museum, Richmond

Virginia Historical Society

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

William King Museum of Art, Abingdon

East/East Coast:

American Folk Art Museum, New York

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Asia Society, New York

Baltimore Museum of Art

Barnes Foundation

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Frick Collection and The Frick Art Reference Library, New York

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Guggenheim Museum, New York

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

International Center of Photography, New York

Jewish Museum, New York

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Morgan Library, New York

Museo del Barrio, New York

Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Neue Galerie, New York

New-York Historical Society

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Print Center, Philadelphia

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Ringling Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL

Smith College Summer Institute in Museum Studies, Northampton, MA

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City

Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, Washington, D.C.

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware


Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum, Venice