The UVA Department of Art is excited to be sponsoring a limited number of paid internship positions in Summer 2023! Internship applications are open to all rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year studio and art history undergraduate majors. Each internship will run for 8 weeks with a total stipend of $3000 up to 29 hours per week for a duration of 8 weeks beginning between May 22 and June 5, depending on the internship location. 

Interns will also meet as a cohort three times throughout the summer to discuss what they’re learning and participate in workshops with Art Department staff. Application deadline has been extended to April 10th at 5PM. All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 19th.  

To Apply:  Please submit an application and attach a cover letter, resume, writing sample (500 words), and contact information for at least two references by April 10th, 2023 at 5PM  -

Your cover letter should address the following:  

·         Why are you interested in interning at the specific locations you have selected? 

·         Explain your interest in Collections Management, Education, Marketing, or Community Programming 

·         Please share any experience, skills, or interests that may be relevant to this internship. 




Visual Resources Collection – Digital Humanities 

The Visual Resources Center internship is intended to support and develop a student’s interest in digital humanities, cataloging and metadata. Most art departments, art history programs, associated university studies and museums across the US are fully reliant on digital catalogs and are increasingly interested in digital reproductions and imaging. As a result, the field of digital humanities has gr own and a student with visual and digital resources training is highly competitive in the job market. An Art or Art History undergraduate student intern will receive a broad introduction to digital humanities applications, from 2D imaging and support to 3D imaging and reproduction. They will be trained in Visual Resources Association (VRA) methodology, including cataloging, managing the back end of an art database (Artstor/Jstor Forum) and metadata collection and organization. The student will learn VRA guidelines, not limited to databasing best practices, copyright compliance and image permission requests. The student will then be introduced to 3D imaging for pedagogy and museum usage. They will receive an introductory training in 3D modeling software and hands-on 3D printer training and troubleshooting. We will also visit several other laboratories and makerspaces around UVA to gain an understanding of how digital humanities is applied across specialties. 


The Fralin Museum - Education 

The 2023 Fralin Education internship is intended to support and develop a student’s interest in research and writing for art museum audiences. The intern will conduct original research on objects currently on view at the museum. In addition, the intern will collaboratively develop digital resources for K-12 school and teacher audiences and support summer education programs, including teacher professional development and high school workshops. We’re looking for students with strong research and editing skills and an interest in writing and programming for non-academic audiences. 


Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection – Collections 

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection selected applicant will receive hands-on training in the digitization, documentation, and research of museum collections. Research and writing skills are required for this position. Digital photography and experience with Adobe Photoshop is preferred.  

The intern will work directly with the Collection Manager on the following projects, which will ensure the proper documentation and registration of objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection and allow them to be accessed by students and researchers. 




The Bridge PAI – Projects 

The Bridge supports creativity and public dialog within and between our communities.   They offer resources to support events and programing throughout the greater Charlottesville area not just within our center.  In April of 2023, the Bridge will open its new location, The Underground: A Center for Creative Collaboration. It is a 4,300 square foot creative center located at 306 Main Street on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall.  This summer’s intern will help with special projects. 


IX Art Park Foundation – Curatorial and Educational Programming  

Interns will work with the Curator and/or Education Director in a range of roles, potentially including Teaching Artist, Curatorial Assistant, Museum Docent and Contributing Artist. Summer is a rich season of programming at Ix Art Park and this a great way to gain an array of creative experience. Participants of this program in past years have, in some cases, gone on to be employed by the foundation as arts administrators, teaching artists and Looking Glass artists. 


James Madison’s Montpelier – Research  

A project for an art history intern but it would be largely research-based and best done in the Fine Arts Library at the University. Montpelier has a fantastic inventory of the works of art made when Dolley Madison sold it in 1844. The inventory identifies the paintings by subject matter. The majority of the inventory was acquired by Dolley's son John Payne Todd during travels in Northern Europe from ca. 1811-14. 

The project would be to complete a project to create a "catalogue" of the works Montpelier has, putting them into art historical context and speculating why Payne Todd might have bought each work and what it might have meant inside Montpelier in the 1810s-40s. The catalogue would be for the benefit of our interpreters, in their interactions with visitors.  Most of this work can be done at UVA Libraries. 


Les Yeux du Monde – Marketing & Operations 

The Les Yeux du Monde internship opportunity offers students hands-on experience in operations, management and marketing for an established modern and contemporary art gallery. Interns will manage inventory systems, develop marketing materials, help orchestrate gallery events and openings, and help cultivate relationships with existing and potential collectors. Art history majors are preferable where possible, as interns will help author press releases and other written materials grounding the contemporary work exhibited in the art historical lineage that helped inform it. Adobe Photoshop skills are also appreciated (but not necessary) for the design of gallery marketing materials. 


New City Arts – Arts Administration 

New City Arts envisions the Charlottesville area as a place where a thriving group of local artists unsettles and transforms our community to work toward a more just, beautiful future. The New City Arts internship provides students with the opportunity to support the mission of a local, non-profit arts organization by helping to facilitate community arts participation through Welcome Gallery and NCAI program support.  

Over the course of the internship, students are given first-hand experience with gallery and arts program implementation. Interns work directly with NCAI staff to gain a greater understanding of Arts Administration—in the Charlottesville community and beyond—and are involved in exhibition planning, event staffing, gallery sitting, and communications with local artists. An internship with New City Arts should allow the student to engage more deeply within the Arts Administration field; interact with a wide variety of community members that may include local artists, community partners, and arts patrons; and provide them with experience in the operations of a small, community arts non-profit. 


Scottsville Center for Arts and the Natural Environment – Community Programming 

The Scottsville Center for the Arts and the Natural Environment is a growing non-profit based just 19 miles south of Charlottesville. Our mission is to create a space for the exploration of the natural environment through the arts. Since 2005, we have worked to celebrate, develop, and deepen our community’s knowledge of the arts while discerning its collaborative potential with our ecological landscape. Our summer internship experience is varied, and dependent on the skill-set and initiative of the individual selected, but the work of previous interns has included the following: exhibition installation; branding research; event/festival/workshop planning and execution, including calls for entries and managing artists; community engagement; data visualization; grant implementation; materials management. Ideal candidates are proactive, comfortable being flexible and enjoy occasionally getting their hands dirty. 


Visible Records – Community Programming 

This summer, Visible Records is collaborating with the UNDOC+ Collective, specifically curator Erika Hirugami, a first-generation, formerly undocumented, Mexican immigrant, to strengthen our connection with our Spanish-speaking neighbors. Erika will curate an exhibition of recent undocumented graduate art students and an artist residency at Visible Records from June to August, 2023. Student interns will support the logistics of coordinating the exhibition, promotion of the show and related community programming, and attending to the needs of visiting artist(s).