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Education Internships

Bobby Chandler Internship

The Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously supported by the Kip Kephart Foundation. Bobby Chandler Interns are responsible for leading tours of the VHS long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, conducting hands-on workshops for students in the Bluford Classroom and assisting the Educational Services staff with programs for audiences of all ages.

The internship spans two semesters: the fall semester of the internship is unpaid but carries academic credit; during the spring semester a $1,000 stipend is paid out on an hourly basis. Participants must commit to both semesters to be considered for the internship, and they must be available during weekday mornings in the spring. Applicants must be over eighteen, actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, and have access to reliable transportation to the VHS. Applicants with knowledge in liberal arts and education are strongly encouraged to apply. The applicant will be required to undergo a background check.  The application deadline for this internship has passed.

John T. Wilkes Internship

The purpose of the John T. Wilkes Internship is to give a student of history a meaningful work experience in a museum setting. The internship will expose the student to various aspects of historical research and interpretation and allow him or her to interact with the society’s varied constituencies. The opportunity brings with it an introduction to best practices in the field of public history and museum education. The internship is open to college undergraduates, including incoming freshmen. The VHS is looking for a student who enjoys history, has demonstrated a passion for the discipline, and has strong communication skills. The intent of the program is to provide the student with hands-on experience in line with his/her professional interests. Priority will be given to students with a declared major in history or significant coursework in the subject.The application deadline for this internship has passed.