Museum Teen Internship

Love working with young children? Interested in STEAM education? Want to get involved in your local community? The Virginia Discovery Museum is looking for enthusiastic interns to join our team from June through August during our busiest season! VDM welcomes 70,000 visitors each year, and interns will interact with visitors, facilitate learning through exploration and play in the Museum’s 15 exhibit areas, and assist with educational programs, summer camps, and birthday parties, all while gaining high school service credit and valuable work experience.


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Requirements

Internship Applicants Must …

  • Be High School Students
  • Submit Application by May 31
  • Commit to at Least 20 Service Hours
  • Attend a Museum Orientation & Tour
Benefits

All Interns Receive …

  • High School Service Credit
  • Valuable Training & Work Experience
  • Free Parking at Market Street Garage
  • Free Museum Passes to Share

Application

Apply to become a Museum Teen Intern online, or download the application and return the completed form either by email to outreach@vadm.org or in person at 524 East Main St. on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. At the end of the summer, the Museum will issue a certificate to all interns who have completed the program to be used as a letter of recommendation and a record of service.

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jarrett Knepper, at outreach@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x106. Application forms are also available at the Museum and at local high schools.


Intern Responsibilities

Museum Teen Interns serve in various roles, including as Gallery & Program helpers, Summer Camp counselors, and Birthday Party assistants, and both weekday and weekend shifts are available. From June to August, the Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday for regular hours, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. one Friday each month for Date Night Drop-Offs, and varying times on Sundays for private birthdays and events. Intern shifts are typically for 2-3 hours once or twice a week – unless otherwise noted below – during one of these time periods.

Galleries & Programs

Weekdays, Select Fridays, and/or Saturdays.

Responsibilities

  • Greet Museum visitors and and facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.
  • Assist with monthly Date Night Drop-Off programs.
Summer Camps

A camp week is Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Interns who want to help with a camp must commit to the entire camp week. (Camp Dates)

Responsibilities

  • 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.
Birthday Parties

Saturdays and/or Sundays. Times vary.

Responsibilities

  • Set up and break down the party room.
  • Prepare themed activities for STEM, Pint-Sized Picassos, and Night at the Museum parties.
  • Greet party guests and assist with party activities.
  • Facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.