Internships

VisArts internships provide an environment for college and high school students to participate in the daily operations of the organization and to expand their educational experiences outside of the classroom.  A designated supervisor assigns intern projects and tasks.

Part-time internships may be available during the spring, summer and fall semesters. All internships are unpaid. Internships are available to high school, college and graduate students, career changers and retirees. All interns must be at least 16 years old. For specific instructions on how to apply for an internship at VisArts, please download a copy of our Internship Guidelines.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship with us, please fill out our Internship Application and send to our Education + Volunteer Coordinator, Nicki Stein, along with any additional materials as required in the internship descriptions below.

Deadlines for internship applications:
Spring Semester – November 15
Summer Semester – March 15
Fall Semester – July 15 

Candidates whose background and skills most meet position requirements are contacted for an interview.

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Studio Assistant Internship

PLEASE NOTE: this internship is ONLY available for the summer term. The deadline to apply for a Summer 2015 Clay Internship is March 15th, 2015.

Interns will spearhead daily tasks in the Facilities Department, participating in hands-on experiential training in the operation and maintenance of multiple studios over a wide variety of mediums, such as painting, fiber, letterpress, printmaking, glass, woodworking, and metals. Interns will independently organize, clean, and assess each studio, as well as learn the basics of studio maintenance in various mediums. The internship will also include facility cleaning duties.

Time Commitment: Interns are required to commit to the full internship period of 15 weeks (May-August) and to work 15-20 hours per week. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor.

Please note that a letter of recommendation is appreciated, but not required.

You may view the full description and application instructions here: Studio Assistant Internship

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Graphic Design and Photojournalism Internship

The Graphic Design and Photojournalism  internship is designed for a student with exceptional interpersonal skills and a passion for storytelling. The intern will work closely with the Development and Education Departments at VisArts to document events, generate marketing materials, and capture daily life in our building to engage the community in the story of our organization and raise awareness about the value of community arts education. This internship will give the student hands-on experience in the fast-paced marketing goals of a not-for-profit organization, while simultaneously allowing them the opportunity to build a graphic design and photography portfolio.

Time Commitment: Interns are required to commit to the full internship period of 15 weeks and to work at least 8 hours per week. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor.

You may view the full description and application instructions here: Graphic Design and Photojournalism Internship

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Community Outreach Internship: Studio S Program

VisArts’ Studio S program nourishes the mind, bodies and spirits of Richmond’s older adults through hands-on visual arts experiences. Studio S provides seniors from the East End with free arts-education experiences including studio courses, off-site workshops, inter-generational projects and hands-on arts classes to stimulate creative thinking, help seniors realize hidden talents and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere. To learn more about Studio S click here.

The Studio S Program Internship is designed for a self-directed hard worker with special interest or experience in the arts, gerontology or a related field. The intern will work with VisArts’ Outreach Coordinator to support program planning, implementation, marketing and evaluation of VisArts’ Studio S program for older adults. The intern will learn about program planning and implementation and experience all levels of the Studio S program. This student will be personable, and patient with strong organizational and communication skills.

Time Commitment: Internship will run from February – May, 5 – 8 hours per week depending on program schedule and needs. Hours can be flexible but weekday morning availability is preferred to allow for the Studio S Program Intern to be present for Studio S classes and workshops. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor.

You may view the full description and application instructions here: Community Outreach Internship- Studio S

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Arts Administration Internship

The Arts Administration Internship is designed for a student with exceptional interpersonal skills and a passion for community arts education. Interns will gain valuable experience in the not-for-profit sector through participation in the daily operations of our Education Department. This internship will allow the student to gain an understanding of nonprofit management in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment, including opportunities to assist instructors in our studios and our gallery.

Time Commitment: Interns are required to commit to the full internship period of 15 weeks (Fall: September-December Spring: January-April Summer: May-August) and to work at least 8 hours per week. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor.

You may view the full description and application instructions here: Arts Administration Internship

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Clay Studio Internship & Field Study

PLEASE NOTE: this internship is ONLY available for the summer term. The deadline to apply for a Summer 2015 Clay Internship is March 15th, 2015.

Internships and Field Studies in the Clay Studio are a semester long commitment with an obligation of 8+ hours per week. For students earning college credit for the Internship or Study, the hourly commitment will reflect the academic department’s weekly time requirements.

Interns and Students will work with the Studio Manager to learn the daily operations of an active clay studio within in a vibrant community arts and education center. Assigned tasks will enhance the Interns’ and Students’ proficiency in the studio environment and deepen their understanding of their medium and craft.

Interns and Students will participate in:

  • Preparing glazes
  • Supervised kiln operation
  • Monitoring open studio hours
  • Managing clay inventory
  • Assisting instructors
  • Proper studio and equipment maintenance

You may view the full description and application here: Clay Internship Application