The UVA Department of Art is excited to be sponsoring a limited number of paid internship positions in Summer 2024! Internship applications are open to all rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year studio and art history undergraduate majors. Each internship includes a total stipend of $3000 for up to 30 hours per week of work for a duration of 8 weeks. Selected interns will be required to attend an introductory meeting on May 3 hosted by the Department of Art. Internships typically run in June and July depending on the internship location, and will conclude with short final presentations at the end of the internship period.

To Apply:  Students will submit applications directly to the organizations hosting internships. Applications will typically include a cover letter, resume, and letter of support from a faculty member and will be due by March 15th, 2024 at 5PM  - (Application submission details forthcoming) All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 10th.  

Your cover letter should address the following:  

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

·         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 opened 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. 


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 

The New City Arts Internship is a paid 12-week learning opportunity for a UVA Arts student who is passionate about the arts. Applications are open now and are due February 7.

The 2024 Spring or Summer Internship is supported by UVA’s Department of Art and is open to declared Studio or Art History undergraduate majors at UVA. This 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.

Applicants should apply with a description of what they would like to accomplish during their time at New City Arts. In the application form, students will have an opportunity to indicate preference for either a Spring or Summer internship. Thanks to support from UVA’s Department of Art, interns will be provided a $3,000 stipend (issued in two installments at the start and end of the internship).

Review key internship dates and learn how to apply HERE.


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).