Performing Arts Intern (Wage, Non-Exempt)


The Performing Arts Intern, made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, will spend approximately 28 weeks working an average of 15 hours per week in the Education Department learning about careers in museum education, researching and planning events, developing contracts, coordinating logistics, monitoring attendance, conducting intercept surveys for performances, and collaborating with other VMFA departments. The Intern will also contribute as appropriate to the Museum’s blogs and social media outlets, present learning and work results to VMFA staff and when appropriate a wider audience, and share experiences with peers and community members to promote VMFA and opportunities in museum education and performing arts.

VMFA offers a vibrant array of Performing Arts Programs. Some are held weekly such as the beloved Jazz Café on Wednesday evenings and After 5 Fridays, (music on First Fridays and dance programming on the third Fridays of each month). Others are one-time offerings inspired by artwork in the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and/or community happenings. Performances may include live music, dance, theater, and other performing arts mediums. The Performing Arts Intern will work closely with the Performing Arts Coordinator and Education Department to help make these programs possible.

Minimum Qualifications

-The successful candidate should have strong customer service skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences both orally and in writing.
-Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and other computer programs.
-Excellent organizational skills.
-A willingness to learn, take initiative, and jump in where needed to support team efforts.
-Experience with event management and knowledge of performing arts communities and networks a plus.

Additional Considerations

The ideal candidate will be in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies with an interest in a potential career in performing arts, events management, community outreach, museum education, museum studies, or a similar field.

Special Instructions

This position is open to the general public. Candidates need to apply through the Commonwealth of Virginia job website, which can be accessed at or directly at Performing Arts Intern – Richmond, Virginia, United States. The application deadline is Sept. 3, 2023, at 11:55 p.m.

All applications should include a cover letter and résumé that includes a list of three professional or educational references. Candidates are encouraged to include a copy of transcripts (unofficial are fine) and a brief writing sample.

The selected candidate must pass a criminal history background check.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.