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Internships

College students interested in gaining knowledge in the specific fields are invited to inquire about internships at the Virginia Living Museum. We offer unpaid semester-long internships, providing the opportunity for hands-on experience within our Aquarium Care, Development, Volunteer Services and Veterinarian Care areas. Students will gain practical experience for entering the job market. For more information, email the Volunteer Department or contact our Volunteer Office at 757-534-7428 or view the Internship positions below.

Applicants for Aquarium  and Veterinarian Internships must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript with current GPA visible.


Aquarist Internship

The Virginia Living Museum takes applications for one semester Internships on a rolling deadline. Spring Internships begin January/February, Summer Internships begin May/June and Fall Internships begin August/September each year. This Internship posting is in the Aquarium division within the Museum’s Curatorial Department.

Duration

These internships are non-compensatory, are for at least 9-10 weeks and may include some weekends and holidays.

Duties

Assist in husbandry and maintenance of live aquatic collection and life support systems. The internship may also include:

  • Food preparation and feeding
  • Hatching brine
  • Making saltwater
  • Gravel washing
  • Water chemistry and water quality monitoring; filling reservoir tanks
  • Cleaning of aquatic systems and systems repair
  • Specimen collection and quarantine
  • Enrichment
  • Other duties as assigned, based on proficiency and motivation

Please note this internship does not deal with marine mammals.

Qualifications

  • Current student or previous college level work in biology, marine science or related fields. Candidates should have a strong career interest in the field of Ichthyology, marine biology, aquatic ecology or desire to obtain experience in aquatic husbandry.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willing to have clothing get soiled and/or wet.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • It is necessary that you report on time when scheduled. If you are not able to attend, it is required that you inform Volunteer Services so that a substitute can be found.

Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation.
  • On-the-job training with aquarium care staff.
  • Evaluation at end of term will determine the ability to continue with the program.

Supervisors

  • Reports directly to the Aquarium Curator and Aquariums staff.
  • Also reports to Volunteer Services staff.

Please submit a volunteer application to the Volunteer Services Office. Be sure to specify “Aquarist Internship” on top of application. Applicants must include an unofficial copy of their transcript with current GPA visible.

Development Internship

Purpose

To provide support for the Museum’s Development Office, for a variety of membership and special event tasks.

Duration

Internships are available all year, 1 to 3 days a week based on mutually agreeable dates/times, by semester. Option is open for a two semester term (including summers). Internships are non-compensatory.

Duties

Assisting with a variety of Development support to include:

  • Special events – fund raisers, donor cultivation/stewardship projects, graphic arts
  • Writing basic Museum solicitations to donors
  • Researching potential corporate and individual donors, obtaining (by phone or internet) contact names from potential corporate donors
  • Data Entry – Input new member and sponsor information as well as updating current information into Development
  • Database (Raiser’s Edge.)
  • Labeling and collating Museum member packets
  • Miscellaneous office tasks (copy, addressing envelopes, stuffing envelopes)

Qualifications

  • Interested in truly learning and helping the Museum. Energetic.
  • Punctuality & dependability – if you are not able to attend when scheduled, it is required that you inform Volunteer Services of your absence.
  • Enrolled in college; Business/Communication/Marketing/Arts Administration/Psychology major a plus.
  • Computer skills: Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Database experience a plus (we use Raiser’s Edge).
  • Ability to learn new software programs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation
  • On-the-job training with Development staff.

Supervisors

  • Directly supervised by Development Services Manager and Development staff.
  • Also reports to Volunteer Services staff.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and official VLM volunteer application  to the Volunteer Services office. Be sure to specify “Development Internship” on top of application. No walk-ins.

Development Internship - Special Events

Purpose

To observe and assist with various projects/events assigned by the Development-Special Events Associate.

Duration

Internships are available all year, preferably for a two semester term (summer included); 1 to 3 days per week based on mutually agreeable dates/times. Internship is non-compensatory.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with event planning and management logistics.
  • Work within event budgets; maintain accurate counting of events costs and income.
  • Develop timelines to meet special event objectives.
  • Assist in creating event materials including signage, invitations, flyers and etc.
  • Help secure raffle and silent auction items.
  • Procure and organize supplies for event.
  • Assist in event setup and breakdown.

Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone skills) and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail oriented, ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Punctuality & dependability – if you are not able to attend when scheduled, it is required that you inform Volunteer Services of your absence.
  • Enrolled in college.
  • Computer skills: Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Experience with Adobe creative suite.
  • Flexible work schedule and ability to occasionally work after-hours and some weekends.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission driven organization.
  • Ability to occasionally work after-hours and some weekends.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.

Training

  • New Volunteer Orientation
  • On-the-job training with Development staff.

Supervisors

  • Directly supervised by Development Special Events Associate and Development staff.
  • Also reports to Volunteer Services staff.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and official VLM volunteer application  to the Volunteer Services office. Be sure to specify “Development Internship – Special Events” on top of application. No walk-ins.

Deadline for Fall Term 2015: August 20, 2015. Deadline for Spring Term 2016: December 20, 2015. Deadline for Summer Term 2016: June 20, 2016.

Volunteer Services Internship

Unpaid Internship, up to 15 hours weekly

General Statement of Duties

The Volunteer Services Intern will work closely with and assist the Volunteer Director and staff with the on-site management of volunteers. Assists in the oversight of volunteers while they are on duty and ensures that policies and dress code are followed. The Intern may also be called upon to assist with administrative record-keeping, as well as the recruitment, screening, placement, recognition, evaluation and retention of volunteers in the program.

Reports To

Volunteer Services Director and Volunteer Services staff

Qualifications

  • This position is open to students currently enrolled in an academic program of study through a college or university.
  • Preferred coursework in Organizational Psychology, Psychology, Management, Communications, Leadership or other related field.
  • Must be available for two semesters. Must also have the ability to work some hours during breaks and holidays. Some evenings and weekends required.
  • Desire to gain experience in supervising & coordinating volunteer activities.
  • Organizational ability, enthusiastic, friendly personality.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to fast-paced environment with multiple volunteer schedule changes.
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word and other Windows programs. Familiarity with Volgistics database a plus.
  • Ability to interact positively within a variety of social, economic levels wherein volunteers may be recruited.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision; excellent attention to detail, yet flexible.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with volunteer position descriptions and policies.
  • Monitor volunteer performance, especially with regard to schedule and duties, reporting and assisting with disciplinary actions when necessary, and as directed.
  • Assist in supervision of volunteers working as interpreters; maintain communication with volunteers working in other areas.
  • Ensure that open volunteer spots are filled in a timely manner.
  • Assist as needed in screening applicants, determining suitability for program as well as best placement in conjunction with other staff.
  • Assist in orienting new volunteers into Museum routine; monitor attendance.
  • Assist as needed with administrative record keeping.
  • Attend departmental staff meetings.
  • Launder smocks and towels as needed daily.
  • Interpret the Touch Tank as directed (training provided).
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Application Instructions

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Volunteer Coordinator
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Newport News, VA 23601

Email or fax: 757-599-4897.
No walk-ins.