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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

John T. Wilkes Internship

The Virginia Historical Society announces its first John T. Wilkes internship for the summer of 2015. The purpose of the 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/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 individual chosen as the John T. Wilkes intern will be paid $2,000. The schedule for the internship is flexible but will require a commitment of about 250 hours over the summer.

Fill out the John T. Wilkes Internship application form

You will also need to submit your current resume to wobrochta@vahistorical.org.  If you have questions, please contact Bill Obrochta at 804-342-9651 or at the email listed. All materials must be submitted by Friday, April, 17.

Dana Fariss

Dana Fariss, Senior Research Officer and Office Administrator for Institutional Advancement

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

The VHS does not currently have any job openings.