Museum Teen Internship

Love working with young children? Have an interest in science, history, or art? Want to give back to your community while earning high school service credit? Every summer, the Virginia Discovery Museum is looking for enthusiastic Museum Teen Interns to join our team from June to August! VDM welcomes more than 55,000 visitors each year, and summer is our busiest season. Interns help visitors explore the hands-on exhibits in the Museum’s nine educational play spaces and have the opportunity to assist with VDM programs, summer camps, and birthday parties.


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Requirements

Internship Applicants Must …

  • Be Between 15 to 18 Years Old
  • Submit Application by May 31
  • Commit to at Least 20 Service Hours
  • Attend a Museum Orientation
Benefits

All Interns Receive …

  • Free Parking at Market Street Garage
  • High School Service Credit
  • Valuable Training & Work Experience
  • Museum Admission 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 vol@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 vol@vadm.org or (434) 977-1025 x106. Application forms are also available at the Museum and at local high schools.


Intern Positions

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. two Fridays 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.

Gallery & Program Intern

Weekdays and/or Saturdays. Minimum 2-3 hours each week.

Responsibilities

  • Greet Museum visitors and help families explore the space, use the exhibits safely, and enjoy learning through play.
  • Help Museum staff maintain a safe and attractive environment by tidying up exhibit areas, returning exhibit pieces to their appropriate locations, and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Assist with various drop-in programs, Date Night Drop-Offs, and other special events at the Museum and in the community.

Apply Online

Summer Camp Intern

Choose from nine week-long summer camps to assist. Must commit to the entire week. Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Responsibilities

  • Greet campers and help them adapt to the camp environment.
  • Help prepare and set up camp crafts and activities and assist campers.
  • Supervise campers during playtime in the Museum galleries.
  • Monitor the after-camp Lunch Bunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Help Museum staff maintain a fun and safe camp environment by tidying up exhibit areas, returning exhibit pieces to their appropriate locations, and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions.

Apply Online

Birthday Party Intern

Saturdays and/or Sundays. Times vary. Minimum 2-3 hours each week.

Responsibilities

  • Help set up and break down the party room, including decorations, crafts, and goody bags.
  • Greet party guests and interact with the children as they play in the Museum.
  • Assist with party activities and crafts and hand out goody bags.
  • Help Museum staff maintain a safe and attractive environment by tidying up exhibit areas, returning exhibit pieces to their appropriate locations, and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions.

Apply Online