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Virginia Living Museum offers internships in a number of areas, including Animal Care, Administration, Development, and Veterinary Sciences. College students over 18, recent graduates, and career changers interested in gaining deeper knowledge are invited to apply. 

We offer unpaid semester-long internships, providing the opportunity for students to gain practical experience as well as develop and advance their skills.

Each semester is approximately 12 – 16 weeks long.

Spring: January/February – May. Deadline to apply November 15.

Summer: May/June – August. Deadline to apply April 1.

Fall: September – December. Deadline to apply July 15.

Exact start and end dates may be flexible as determined by the departmental needs and interns’ schedule.

General Requirements

All interns are required to submit a complete application. Online applications are preferred and will have decreased processing time. Applicants will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview. Position offers are made based on successful interviews and reference checks. 

Age Requirement: Interns must be 18+. 

Time commitment: Intern time commitments vary by department; most internships require between 8 and 16 hours a week for a 12- to 16- week period. Please see position description for more details.

Training: All accepted interns will complete an orientation before or on their start date. Department-specific training will also be provided. Interns also participate in seminars, talks, and other educational opportunities.

Fees: There is no fee required for applying. As part of our screening process, adult applicants must complete an online background check with Verified Volunteers. The cost to applicants is $12.50. A link will be provided after successful reference checks.

Uniforms: All VLM interns are required to wear an official VLM uniform. You have the option of purchasing a new uniform shirt, or wearing a VLM smock. 

How to Apply: Please visit our Applications page for more details. No walk-ins, please. 

Please note: Intern placement at the Virginia Living Museum is subject to an official position offer, space availability, and completion of General Orientation. 

Due to the high volume of applications, processing may take up to a month. Successful candidates will be contacted directly for an interview. All applications remain on file for 6 months.

Application Instructions

Applicants for internships should submit an online application.

In addition, the applicant must submit the following materials to the Volunteer Coordinator at

  1. An updated resume
  2. A cover letter
  3. An unofficial transcript

No walk-ins, please.