The Virginia Holocaust Museum is committed to providing meaningful internship experiences to qualified applicants in a variety of fields from public history to development. Unlike some internship experiences, we are dedicated to mentoring our interns in working on actual projects that will have tangible results and provide excellent professional training for the job market. Interns should not expect to be occupied with administrative work. As such, in addition to those wishing to apply for a general internship where they will be placed by museum staff, we have provided below several specific internships that applicants can apply to. Below are the standard deadlines for applications that tend to apply to university students working on a semester system. However, we are able to accept applications for internships after the deadlines on a case by case basis, dependent on the applicant's skills and availability.
There are Internships available in areas of the Museum such as Research, Archives, Oral History, and Exhibitions. If you are interested in becoming an intern, please fill out an Intern Application Form, and send it to Rhys Van Lienden.
The deadline for applying is based on semester and are as follows:
Fall – July 1st
Spring – November 15th
Summer – April 15th
VHM Building Research Project
The Virginia Holocaust Museum seeks an intern with a background in history and research to conduct a two-fold research project on the history of the museum’s building and on the history of Richmond’s Jewish community in Shockoe bottom. Successful applicants will work with the Executive Director of the Museum and Curator on conducting research as well as in creating a small exhibit. Applicants should be prepared to work in local archives and libraries.
Qualifications include: Excellent research and writing skills, ability to work independently, an interest in Richmond/Jewish history, and/or public history. Candidates should be earning either an undergraduate or graduate degree in history or a related field.
Development Department Internship
The semester internship will be highlighted by the creation of a matching gift program registry which will be used to continue the Museum’s prospect research, and the cultivation of current and potential donors.
The Development intern will work with and be under the supervision of the Development Manager, as well as communicate with the heads of the Museum’s marketing and graphics.
Qualifications include: Candidates should be earning a BA, BS, or MA in history, communications, or museum studies. He/She must also be interested in a future career in a non-profit organization or a museum, be able to conduct research, and have an understanding of how non-profits operate.
Education Department Internship
This semester long internship will focus on research for the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s Acceptance Suitcase Program. Available to classroom teachers at no charge, the Acceptance Suitcases, is a book loaner program and provides classroom sets of books on a variety of topics including the Holocaust and Civil Rights. The intern will be responsible for conducting historical research for the program which will be the basis for one teacher reference guide, to be included in an Acceptance Suitcase.
The Education Department intern will work with and be under the supervision of the Director of Education and the Director of Guest Services.
Qualifications include: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to conduct historical research with previous experience preferred. Familiarity with State of Virginia Standards of Learning and Holocaust history.
Internship candidates should currently be pursuing a BA or MA in History, Holocaust Education, Social Studies Education, English Education or Museum Studies and be looking to pursue a career in the Museum or Education field.
Guest Services Docent Internship
This semester-long internship will see the student leading multiple weekly tours for of the museum’s exhibits for school groups. The student will be required to complete a January apprenticeship and to complete a list of required readings, as well as competently lead a tour for the Director of Guest Services before beginning docenting work (this training period will count towards internship credit). Student will also take part in all docent training activities as his/her schedule allows. Student should be available 2-3 hours a day for at least 2 days per week--mornings are preferable.
Qualifications Include: excellent communication skills and comfortability speaking in front of crowds. Background/familiarity with the Holocaust and World War Two-era Europe preferred. Internship is open to all students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in History, Education or Museum Studies.
Oral History Indexing
The Virginia Holocaust Museum contains an extensive collection of oral history interviews from survivors of four modern genocides – Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda. While each of these videos contains a personal history of genocide, the greater value is in how each connects to specific events. Indexing provides a means to pull together clips from different survivors who shared an experience.
Reporting to the Director of Collections, the internship will consist of listening to oral histories and adding appropriate keywords, subjects, and descriptions at regular intervals. These entries create an index allowing researchers to search our entire video collection for the specific clips they might need. Since the project maintains a continuous workflow, the work of each intern will “go live” shortly after the indexing work is complete.
Qualifications Include: Excellent written communication skills and the ability to understand a broad range of accents. A general knowledge of the Holocaust and World War II as well as the basic geography of Europe.