Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Docent

Docents lead multiple weekly tours for of the museum’s exhibits for school groups.  The docent will be required to complete a January apprenticeship and to complete a list of required readings, as well as competently lead a tour for the Director of Guest Services before beginning docenting work.  Docents will also take part in all docent training activities as his/her schedule allows.  Student should be available 2-3 hours a day for at least 2 days per week (mornings are preferable).

Qualifications Include: excellent communication skills and comfortability speaking in front of crowds.  Background/familiarity with the Holocaust and World War Two-era Europe preferred.
If you're interested in becoming a docent, please contact Matt Simpson, Director of Guest Services.


Internship Opportunities

The Virginia Holocaust Museum is committed to providing meaningful internship experiences to qualified applicants in a variety of fields. Unlike some internship experiences, we are dedicated to mentoring our interns in working on actual projects that will have tangible results and provide professional training for the job market. Below are the standard deadlines for applications that tend to apply to university students working on a semester system.

There are Internships available in areas of the Museum such as:

  • Archives
  • Research
  • Oral Histories
  • Exhibits

Our Programs

VHM Building Research Project

The Virginia Holocaust Museum seeks an intern with a background in history and research to conduct a two-fold research project on the history of the museum’s building and on the history of Richmond’s Jewish community in Shockoe bottom. Successful applicants will work with the Curator and the Director of the Museum on conducting research as well as in creating a small exhibit. Applicants should be prepared to work in local archives and libraries.

  • Fall DeadlineJuly 1st
  • Spring DeadlineNovember 15th
  • Summer DeadlineApril 15th
  • DepartmentArchives and Collections

Qualifications

Excellent communication skills and comfortability speaking in front of crowds. Background/familiarity with the Holocaust and World War Two-era Europe preferred. Internship is open to all students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in History, Education or Museum Studies.

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Oral History Indexing

The Virginia Holocaust Museum contains an extensive collection of oral history interviews from survivors of four modern genocides – Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda. While each of these videos contains a personal history of genocide, the greater value is in how each connects to specific events. Indexing provides a means to pull together clips from different survivors who shared an experience. Reporting to the Director of Collections, the internship will consist of listening to oral histories and adding appropriate keywords, subjects, and descriptions at regular intervals. These entries create an index allowing researchers to search our entire video collection for the specific clips they might need. Since the project maintains a continuous workflow, the work of each intern will “go live” shortly after the indexing work is complete.

  • Fall DeadlineJuly 1st
  • Spring DeadlineNovember 15th
  • Summer DeadlineApril 15th
  • DepartmentCollections and Archives

Qualifications

Excellent written communication skills and the ability to understand a broad range of accents. A general knowledge of the Holocaust and World War II as well as the basic geography of Europe.

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Education Internship

This semester long internship will focus on research for the Virginia Holocaust Museum’s Acceptance Suitcase Program. Available to classroom teachers at no charge, the Acceptance Suitcases, is a book loaner program and provides classroom sets of books on a variety of topics including the Holocaust and Civil Rights. The intern will be responsible for conducting historical research for the program which will be the basis for one teacher reference guide, to be included in an Acceptance Suitcase. The Education Department intern will work with and be under the supervision of the Director of Education and the Director of Guest Services.

  • Fall DeadlineJuly 1st
  • Spring DeadlineNovember 15th
  • Summer DeadlineApril 15th
  • DepartmentEducation

Qualifications

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to conduct historical research with previous experience preferred. Familiarity with State of Virginia Standards of Learning and Holocaust history. Internship candidates should currently be pursuing a BA or MA in History, Holocaust Education, Social Studies Education, English Education or Museum Studies and be looking to pursue a career in the Museum or Education field.

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Development/Fundraising Internship

The semester internship will be highlighted by the creation of a matching gift program registry which will be used to continue the Museum’s prospect research, and the cultivation of current and potential donors. The Development intern will work with and be under the supervision of the Development Manager, as well as communicate with the heads of the Museum’s marketing and graphics.

  • Fall DeadlineJuly 1st
  • Spring DeadlineNovember 15th
  • Summer DeadlineApril 15th
  • DepartmentDevelopment

Qualifications

Candidates should be earning a BA, BS, or MA in history, communications, or museum studies. He/She must also be interested in a future career in a non-profit organization or a museum, be able to conduct research, and have an understanding of how non-profits operate.

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How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming an intern, please fill out an Intern Application Form, and send it to Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education.

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Meet Our Austrian Memorial Servant

Hey, my name is Lukas Tschemernjak and I am 18 years old. I recently graduated from high school and until now, I have lived in the mountainous, westernmost state of Austria. As a person that has always been interested in history, I recognize the responsibility Austrians have concerning its role in the Holocaust. Therefore, I am very thankful for having the opportunity to do the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service at the VHM and help pass on all the knowledge and educating people according to the museum’s motto: Tolerance through education. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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