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.
Association of Art Museums (AAMC)
Association of Art Museum Curators
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg
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 Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
William King Museum of Art, Abingdon
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
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Frick Collection and The Frick Art Reference Library, New York
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
International Center of Photography, New York
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
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.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware