Receptionists | Curatorial internships | Development internships
Internships in education | Student docent program
The University of Virginia Art Museum offers many opportunities for students interested in exploring Museum careers; students can become Museum volunteers, receptionists, docents, interns, and fellows. Final Fridays and other Museum events are regularly staffed by student volunteers. Students of all academic interests and years also volunteer in many other departments in the Museum. The Museum employs several students part-time as receptionists. Fourth-year students are eligible to become UIP interns at the Museum and receive academic credit for their part-time work. Graduate students are invited to apply for the Luzak-Linder Graduate Fellowship.
For general information about volunteering, email the Museum's Administrative Manager
Each year the Museum's front desk is staffed by several part-time student receptionists who are familiar with the Museum's exhibitions and programs. Openings for these positions are posted on CAVlink.
The Curatorial Department of the University of Virginia Art Museum offers two internships per semester and two internships in the summer, June-August. Students seeking a future career in arts institutions or cultural centers will gain valuable hands-on experience working with a team of dedicated professionals.
This internship, with its emphasis on object-oriented research and exhibition design, is often well suited for students pursuing art history, studio arts or architecture degrees. The Curatorial Intern works closely with the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, the Exhibitions Manager, the Preparator, and members of the Collections staff. Interns will conduct research for the permanent collection and participate in the installation process. This includes but is not limited to assisting with installations, fabrication of object labels, and preparing necessary exhibition furniture. The internship will also entail some clerical duties and attendance at exhibition related lectures and events.
The Curatorial Internship is a competitive unpaid volunteer position.
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The Development Department of the University of Virginia Art Museum offers one or two internships annually during the regular academic year. Development interns will gain first-hand experience about a development or fund-raising career at a university art museum.
This internship will emphasize basic skills in membership and annual fund management, special events management, and major gift fund raising from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Development interns work on a variety of special projects, including membership acquisitions and marketing campaigns. They also research trends in membership and giving, investigate areas of potential grant support, and work closely with the Museum’s volunteer groups and arts-related student organizations.
Development Internships are competitive unpaid volunteer positions. U.Va. students who are interested in gaining academic credit for this internship should apply to the UIP website to apply to the program. For information about the internship, contact the Development Department.
Internships in education
The Museum's Education Department offers two UIP internships during the academic year, and one during the summer. Students seeking a future career in arts education or arts administration have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an office that offers a variety of learning opportunities. Internship responsibilities include advertising and registration for Museum education programs, research for and creation of self-guided tours of Museum exhibitions, and program development. Fourth-year students interested in receiving academic credit for their part-time work should apply to the program at www.coopercenter.org/UIP. The Education Department also has other volunteer opportunities for students of all academic interests and years. For information email the Museum's education department or call 434.243.2050.
Student docent program
The UVaM's volunteer docents give engaging and interactive tours to a variety of school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region. They also assist with the Museum’s special programs, including the annual Writer's Eye competition, and run Early Visions, an arts-mentoring program for at-risk youth.
University students and community members who are interested in becoming docents prepare for the program by enrolling in the Museum's required 10-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours, and complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course.
The Student Docents are an official U.Va. student organization. Applications for membership are usually taken by the Museum's docent coordinator in the spring of each academic year for training beginning the following fall. Interested students are encouraged to apply by the spring of their second year in order to have at least one full year as an active docent after completing the program. Rising fourth years will only be accepted to the program if they are planning to stay on for graduate study, or if there are additional unused spaces in the Docent Training Course. Applications are reviewed by the docent coordinator and a panel of current members.
Docent Training Course
February 3—April 20, 2012
Fridays, 9 am - 12 pm
Application deadline for Spring 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Information sessions for Fall 2012 Docent Program
- Monday, February 27, 7 pm
In Fayerweather Lounge
- Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm
In Fayerweather Lounge
Docent Training Course
September 12—November 14, 2012
Wednesdays, 2-5 pm
Application deadline for Fall 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Student application for Docent Training Course (pdf) >
Community application for Docent Training Course (pdf) >
Continuing education for student docents
After their initial training period, student docents attend weekly education meetings that include lectures by curators, guest speakers, and education staff on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. As a group, docents occasionally take field trips to other museums.
In spring 2012, Student Docent Education meetings will be held in the Museum on the following Fridays from 1-2 pm:
- January 20, 27
- February 3, 10, 17, 24
- March 16, 23, 30
- April 6, 13, 20, 27
For information on Community Docent Education meetings, see >