The Colonial Williamsburg Summer Internship

About the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. The mission of Colonial Williamsburg is to be a center for history and citizenship, encouraging national and international audiences to learn from the past through the preservation, restoration, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg and the study, interpretation, and teaching of America's founding democratic principles. 

The Colonial Williamsburg story of a revolutionary city tells how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality. Americans cherish these values as a birthright, even when their promise remains unfulfilled.

Overview of the Curatorial Studies Internship at Colonial Williamsburg

Current undergraduate students are invited to apply for a ten-week summer internship in museum studies at Colonial Williamsburg. Students interested in a career in a decorative arts, fine arts, history museum or historic site will have the opportunity to work directly with a Colonial Williamsburg curator and gain professional experience through hands-on training. An internship with Colonial Williamsburg provides the opportunity to assist with research, management, interpretation and preservation of the Foundation’s fine art, decorative arts, architectural, archaeological and/or folk art collections. The successful candidate will be assigned to our museum education staff to assist with museum programming and the development of education materials that relate to current and future exhibitions.

Interns for Colonial Williamsburg Museum Studies will be eligible for summer housing through the College.

Duties (include but are not limited to):
  • Research and develop new family program ideas based on a current or upcoming exhibition, or to include various art history themes.
  • Will learn to conduct existing family program(s). 
  • Assist with existing daily museum art activities.  

  • Assist with events such as lectures, donor events, symposia and special programs by greeting & orienting guests.

  • Will work to enhance knowledge of specific areas of museum education, as well as an understanding of colonial Virginia history, art and material culture through reading, research, and participation in meetings.
  • Support curators with exhibition planning.
  • Assist with the continued research and cataloging of museum collections.
  • Obtain object movement and handling training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Interest in museums, learning about museum work
  • Good research skills, including ability to use primary documents
  • Patience, orderliness, logic, curiosity, and thoroughness are important
  • Previous coursework in American history, art history, American Studies, a plus