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 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 monitor 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
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 & VDM Passes to Share

Applications for 2023 Summer Internships Are Closed

Applications for Summer 2024 will be available online some time in Spring 2024.

Intern Responsibilities

Museum Teen Interns serve in various roles, including as Gallery Helpers and Summer Camp Assistants. Both weekday and Saturday shifts are available. Sunday shifts are available as needed.

Gallery Helpers

Shifts: 2-4 Hours/Week. Weekdays and Saturdays Available. Sundays as Needed.


  • 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 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.

Intern Resources

General Guidelines

Guidelines regarding masks, shift check-in, Museum-appropriate clothing, and earning/using VDM passes.

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.