Internships

University Museums Internship


Kluge-Ruhe Collection intern Kate Becker carefully completes a custom-made storage tray for a bark painting.
This program enables U.Va. students to receive course-credit for internships at either the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection or the University Art Museum. Students who take this two-semester, six-credit course work approximately 100 hours per semester in the museum. In addition, they participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars per semester. Training sessions are taught by museum professionals and cover a variety of topics from collections care and preservation to museum education and development. Academic seminars are taught by faculty and look at historical and theoretical issues relevant to museums. Students apply for entrance into the course during the Spring pre-registration period.

Institute for Public History Internship

Every year the Kluge-Ruhe Collection participates in The Institute for Public History (IPH) Summer Internship Program. IPH offers paid summer internships for University of Virginia graduate and undergraduate students at public history sites. This internship gives students an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to a specific project while participating in all of the functions of a small museum.

Volunteer Internships


An Institute for Public History intern arranges objects in a display case for exhibition.
Every summer the Kluge-Ruhe Collection offers a volunteer summer internship to a graduating high school student. This is an opportunity for the student to pursue their passion for art, art history, or anthropology in a practical museum setting, where they can investigate the possibility of continuing their study by majoring at a collegiate level.

Volunteer internships are also available for young adults pursuing a career in fields related to art, anthropology, or museum studies. Previous volunteer interns have contributed to the success of conservation projects, helped develop educational programs, or learned to install exhibitions. All internships typically require a minimum of ten hours over two days per week.

For information about applying, please contact the Kluge-Ruhe Collection or call 434-244-0234.

“The assignment of significant tasks taught me a broad range of museum and arts administration skills while permitting discovery of my strengths. My career choice to become a conservator was enhanced by my internship.”
Kate Becker, Kluge-Ruhe Collection Intern, U.Va. Class of 2011