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

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


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


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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