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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 through 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 application period for the 2015 John T. Wilkes internship is closed. 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 or 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.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2016 John T. Wilkes internship in January.

Bobby Chandler Internship

Bobby Chandler Interns are responsible for leading tours of the VHS long-term exhibition, The Story of Virginia, and assisting the Educational Services staff with programs for audiences of all ages. Participants will need to be available throughout the 2015-16 school year, particularly in the spring of 2016. Applicants must be over eighteen and will be required to undergo a background check. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted no later than November 13, 2015. The Bobby Chandler Internship program is generously supported by the Kip Kephart Foundation. Fill out the Bobby Chandler Internship Application.

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.


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