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William Byrd II
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Learn about how the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia helped women gain the right to vote.

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia
Jeff Boedeker, Justin Reid, & Marshall Rea: Virginia Voices public meeting @MotonMuseum Farmville today, noon 4/19/14 t.co/PQYWsg3x3h

Jobs and volunteering

We invite you to learn more about:


Limited internship and volunteer opportunities due to construction.

You may still fill out our internship and volunteer forms during this time.  We will keep a copy of your application on file and will contact you should an opportunity arise. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Fariss at dana@vahistorical.org or (804) 342-9643.

Volunteering at the Virginia Historical Society is a great way to learn more about history while helping to preserve the past. Meeting new people, learning and sharing information, and making a real contribution to the society are just a few of the benefits volunteers can receive for their time and effort.

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications outlined below, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

The Virginia Historical Society does not accept court-mandated volunteers.


  • Volunteers must be friendly, outgoing, enjoy working with the public, and have an interest in Virginia history.


  • Volunteers can work with visitors or behind the scenes.


  • All volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Friday between 10:00 a.m. and  5:00 p.m.


  • Volunteers work at the Virginia Historical Society and Virginia House.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Virginia Historical Society?  


Are you looking for an internship position? Whether you are interested in museum collections, public relations, or education, the Virginia Historical Society is a great place to learn about the different skills necessary to work in a museum. All interns must be at least eighteen years old.

Fill out our VHS internship application form

In the past, the society has placed interns in positions that deal with:

  • archival processing
  • collections management
  • digital resources
  • education
  • horticulture
  • publications
  • marketing

Bobby Chandler Internship

Are you a college student interested in working with our education staff?  Fill out a Bobby Chandler Internship application.

Through a generous grant from the Kip Kephart Foundation, the Virginia Historical Society is able to offer several $1,000 internships to area college students to work with the society’s education staff for 2014. Schedules are flexible and include occasional evening and weekend work. To apply, you must like history and enjoy working with the public, be 18 years of age or older, and be available for a week-long orientation in July. Like all VHS employees and volunteers, interns are required to undergo a background check. For more information, please contact Bill Obrochta at wobrochta@vahistorical.org.

Dana Fariss

Dana Fariss, institutional advancement research analyst and volunteer coordinator

Are you interested in learning about internship or volunteer opportunities at the Virginia Historical Society? Please contact me at 804.342.9643 or at dana@vahistorical.org and I will help you find the right position that matches your interests.

The VHS does not currently have any job openings.