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Museum Teen Internship

Summer Service Program for High School Students

Love working with young children? Interested in STEAM education? Want to get involved in your local community? Each summer, the Virginia Discovery Museum looks for enthusiastic high school interns to join our team from June through August! Interns facilitate learning through exploration and play in VDM’s hands-on exhibit galleries; assist with Summer Camps and various other educational programs; and help set up, monitor, and clean after weekend birthday parties, all while gaining high school service credit, workforce readiness training, and valuable job experience.

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All Applicants Must …

Be High School Students
Be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID
Apply No Later Than May 31
Commit to at Least 25 Service Hours
Attend a Museum Orientation


All Interns Receive …

High School Service Credit
Letter of Recommendation
Valuable Training & Work Experience
Free Parking
Museum Passes to Share

Apply Online

Intern Responsibilities

Museum Teen Interns serve in various roles, including as Gallery Helpers and Summer Camp Assistants. Both weekday and Saturday shifts are available. Friday evening and Sunday shifts to assist with Date Night Drop-Off programs and private party and event rentals are available only as needed.*

Gallery Helpers

Shifts: 2-4 Hours, 1-3 Times Per Week.
Mondays-Saturdays, Between 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.


  • Greet Museum visitors and create a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Interact with children and facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.
  • Assist Museum staff with implementing educational programs, preparing Summer Camp materials, readying the Museum for weekend birthday parties and private events, and performing exhibit maintenance and repair as needed.
Summer Camp Assistants

Shifts: Must Commit to an Entire Camp Week (Dates)
Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.


  • Greet campers and help them adapt to the camp environment.
  • Prepare and set up camp crafts and activities and assist campers.
  • Supervise campers during playtime in the Museum galleries.
  • Monitor camper lunch hour from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.

*VDM hosts private birthday parties and event rentals on Sundays when the Museum is closed to the public, and Date Night Drop-Offs take place once a month on the third Friday evening of the month. Shifts are 2-4 hours only as needed, between 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sundays or from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on select Fridays.

Intern Resources

General Guidelines

Policies about COVID vaccinations and masking, shift arrival and check-in, absences, and appropriate clothing.

Parking & Directions

VDM validates parking for interns’ full shifts at both the Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage.


Public Transit

Most CAT bus routes, including the Free Trolley, stop at the Downtown Transit Station next to the Museum.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Marketing & Outreach Manager Anna Deater-Deckard at (434) 977-1025 x104 or to learn more about the Museum Teen Internship program.