Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Department of Art Education


Art on Wheels

Art on Wheels is seeking passionate individuals interested in working as Classroom Assistants. Must be available a minimum of 10 hours / week, Monday – Thursday. Programming will benefit elderly and disabled communities in the region. Curriculum includes introductory Visual Arts assignments and Craft projects. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in gaining teaching experience and one-on-one interaction with students in an alternative, hands-on environment. Assistance is also needed for prepping materials and creating tutorials for class. Intern should have reliable transportation, and be willing to travel 15 – 30 minutes to class. Class sessions are 90 minutes in length. Candidate should be professional, reliable and possess large quantities of patience and positivity.

Contact: Kevin Orlosky at

Stuff Redux

Organization Description:

Get in on the ground floor of this emerging arts-focused, civic-minded, and environmentally conscious non-profit! The mission of Richmond’s Creative Reuse Center is to promote environmental sustainability, creativity, and community engagement by collecting traditionally discarded materials from local business es and redistributing them to community members for use in creative and educational projects. We are opening a facility that will be part storage unit and part community center. This space will hold workshops, classes, community events, and a “store” where community members will come to browse and pick up a variety of donated materials.

Internship Description:

Interns will assist with all aspects of research, planning, and development for the Creative Reuse Center. Responsibilities will include establishing community partnerships, gathering documentation needed to apply for 501c3 status, contributing to our strategic business plan, and helping to design lessons and workshops featuring recycled materials. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with the Richmond community, bolster their resume, gain understanding of non-profit management, and develop skills in public relations, as well as pedagogical practice.


Interns must commit to at least 8 hours per week for the entire semester. All hours must be logged at the Creative Reuse Office (located in Franklin Terrace). An exact schedule will be determined once the intern has been selected.

Your internship with the Creative Reuse Center may be eligible to count toward service-learning hours. Please contact Dr.Wilson McKay or the professor for your class requiring service hours to discuss this possibility.

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Erika Ogier at

People’s Library

Internship Position Description:

Available: Fall or Spring Semesters

Location: 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond Public Library

Hours: 10 hours per week

The People’s Library is a seeking a 10-hour-per-week intern for the Fall and/or Spring semesters. The People’s Library is a collaborative art project that works in partnership with the Richmond Public Library to recycle discarded books and create new handmade books in which Richmonders can capture their personal histories. Through community engagement, The People’s Library presents an alternative model for the production of history and public/socially engaged art.

Each People’s Librarian Intern will have both responsibility and autonomy. Their responsibilities will be to:

  • help manage and maintain the People’s Library collection
  • to mentor a Teen People’s Librarian selected from the Richmond Public Library’s Teen Program, and
  • to facilitate 8 workshops a month per week where they will help produce each aspect of the project (paper making, bookbinding, and creative writing). Each workshop lasts 3 hours and would be held twice a week at the main branch of the Richmond public library on East Franklin Street.

The People’s Librarian Interns will have autonomy to choose a theme or community on which to focus their work. Workshops and outreach efforts throughout the semester will focus on whichever theme or community they decide on in the permanent collection of the project. This autonomy allows for the People’s Library project to grow and evolve in organic ways and allows for participants to control the project’s trajectory.

The People’s Library is an ongoing public art project that is on permanent display at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library.

Interested applicants and all inquiries should be directed to: Mr. Mark Strandquist at

Art Matters: Glen Allen Cultural Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen seeks one to two interns approximately 3 hours a week to provide instructional support to our Art Matters after-school program during the Fall 2013 semester.

Art Matters provides free art experiences to approximately 100 elementary and middle school students in the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL). Students explore their creative potential through hands-on arts and craft projects while learning about important art movements and diverse cultures during this enrichment program.

Interns will assist in art instruction by providing one-on-one attention to students as they work on their projects. Interns may also be involved in curriculum planning/development.


  • Reliable transportation to Ridge and/or Harvie Elementary Schools (where the project takes place)
  • Experience/willingness to work with at-risk populations
  • Patience
  • A passion for the arts

Unfortunately, this is an unpaid opportunity though The Cultural Arts Center is happy to work with interns to ensure they receive academic credit for their commitment.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact: Lauren Hall, Visual Arts Manager at or call (804) 261-6206.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

The Visual Arts Center engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. We believe there is a creative spirit in all of us that nourishes our humanity and enriches our society. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate, and experiment in the visual arts.

Arts Administration Internship Description (Unpaid)

The Arts Administration Internship is designed for a student with exceptional interpersonal skills and a passion for community arts education. The intern will gain valuable experience in the not-for-profit sector through participation in the daily operations of our Education Department. This internship will allow the student to gain an understanding of nonprofit management in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment, including opportunities to assist instructors in our studios and our gallery. Interns are required to commit to the full internship period of 15 weeks (Fall: September to December, Spring: January to April, Summer: May to August) and to work at least 8 hours per week. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor. For application information and internship guidelines, click here.

Studio Assistant Internship Description (Unpaid)

Studio Assistant Interns will spearhead daily tasks in the Facilities Department, participating in hands-on experiential training in the operation and maintenance of multiple studios over a wide variety of mediums such as painting, fiber, letterpress, printmaking, glass, woodworking, and metals. Interns will independently organize, clean, and assess each studio, as well as learn basics of studio maintenance in various mediums. The internship will also include facility cleaning duties. Interns are required to commit to the full internship period of 15 weeks (May to August) and to work 15-20 hours per week. A set schedule will be determined by the intern and his/her supervisor. For application information and internship guidelines, click here.

If interested, please contact: Nicki Stein, Education and Volunteer Coordinator at

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Titans Create at MLK Middle School

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is seeking passionate and creative individuals interested in working as a Classroom Art Leader for the Spring 2011 semester during our Extended-Day Program. Classroom Art Leaders must be available to lead at least one session (although we hope more) on a Tuesday or Thursday from 4p.m.-5:25p.m. Classroom Art Leaders will use their creativity when developing the lessons incorporating inexpensive products (i.e., recycled products, magazines, construction paper etc.) in order to teach students they can make art at home with limited resources. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in gaining teaching experience and one-to-one interaction with students in an out-of-school-time and hands-on environment. Interns should have reliable transportation, and be willing to travel about 10 minutes to MLK Middle School from VCU Monroe Park Campus. The intern should be professional, reliable, possess creativity and patience, and be willing to have fun!

If interested, please contact: Lorie Coker, After-School Coordinator, at

ART 180

ART 180 is working to establish a more formal internship program in conjunction with  plans to open an art center serving primarily teens in the downtown arts district.  Students in these positions would work directly with and in support of our 12-week programs, and looking forward, assist with management of the youth gallery and performance space in the new location.

If interested, please contact: Betsy Kelly, ART 180 program manager, at
(804) 233-4180 or visit