Internship Opportunities

Amazement Square offers unique experiential internship opportunities. Interns at Amazement Square have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning and gain real-life experience in a dynamic museum environment. The internships listed below are unpaid and may count towards professional development/experiential learning credits.

Amazement Square is currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2019 internships.

Available Internships

+ Exhibits Intern – Fall 2019

After an extensive introductory training and orientation period, the intern’s primary responsibility is to assist museum exhibition and fabrication staff with general maintenance needs of exhibits, as well as work in the galleries with children and adults to help them learn about exhibitions.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

The Exhibit/Education intern will also:

  • help produce work samples of art projects and help with lesson preparation and clean-up in the museum’s Imagination Studio
  • lead groups of children and adults in discussions in the galleries to help facilitate learning about exhibitions
  • instruct and lead groups in art-making activities in the studio
  • assist with the development of new lessons for the museum’s makers studio, The Hive.
  • assist with facilitation of programs in The Hive
  • assist with special programs and events as needed
  • assist with studio and art inventory

+ Development Intern – Fall 2019

The Development Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the development department. Ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent written communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office, and the ability to work independently and as part of a close-knit team. This internship would be ideal for anyone interested in working for a non-profit at any capacity, as they will receive exposure to program budgets, timelines, evaluation, and goals.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

The intern will work with the development team on a variety of projects:

  • Assist in the preparation of grants and learn how to research and develop proposals for grant programs
  • Participate in the planning of the museum’s special events
  • Work with development staff to further various initiatives as they arise

+ Education Intern – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

The education intern will work directly with experienced staff to expand the intern’s knowledge in the field of museum education and provide guidance for professional development. Interns in this position will interact with educators, children, and families by assisting in the preparation and facilitation of school and museum programming. These interactions will be an important component in the evaluation and development process.

Qualifications: Undergraduate/graduate student, interested in working with children in informal educational settings.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Candidates should also possess:

  • a rudimentary understanding of and respect for learning styles and teaching techniques
  • An interest in art and STEAM based programs.
  • A willingness to work with ver diverse groups of people, including educators, volunteers, children, and parents.

+ Education Intern – WonderCamp – Summer 2020

Amazement Square seeks interns to assist with our WonderCamp programs in the Summer of 2020. WonderCamp is designed for ages 6-10 and runs for a full day while WonderCamp Junior is a half day program for ages 3-5.

Every week features a new theme and new campers. Past themes have included: Space Camp, Who-Done-It?, Road Trip!, Mini Makers, When I Grow Up, and The Science of Art. WonderCamp encourages deep exploration of topics and emphasizes STEAM based activities. Interns will work closely with our camp coordinators to help with facilitation of programming and program preparation. This is a great experience for students planning to work in education, museums, or non-profits!

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your interest and applicable experience, as well as a resume and two references to the Director of Experiential Learning

Responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships with campers.
  • Managing camper behavior and implementing camp procedure.
  • Aiding facilitators in material and food prep.
  • Aiding campers in interactive activities.
  • Working in a team environment.

+ Event Planning Intern – Fall 2019

The Event Planning Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Event and Special Programs of Amazement Square. Ideal candidate will be creative, energetic, have excellent communication skills and attention to detail, as well as the ability to work in a team-oriented setting.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Candidate must have strong interest in learning about the management and execution of special events and be able to represent Amazement Square in a professional manner.

  • assist with the planning and execution of events
  • work with museum staff and vendors in a variety of settings
  • become familiar with Amazement Square’s Genworth Education Center and its rental programs, including regulations, scheduling and pricing associated with the center
  • communicate this information in a clear manner to potential customers
  • assist with the marketing of the space-rental program via the web, print material, etc.

+ Marketing Intern – Fall 2019

The PR/Marketing Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Public Relations and Marketing Office.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Intern will be mentored on how to develop and write bi-weekly press releases, writing calendar listings and media alerts, preparation of other press materials, and related office duties including:

  • assist with research, special projects, events, and database management
  • assist with activities that help promote AS, enhance public participation, and encourage community awareness
  • assist in the concept creation, writing, editing, coordination, and production of program brochures, reception invitations, press releases, public-service announcements, program flyers, and other promotional materials
  • assist the PR staff with media follow-up, including contacting media outlets and pitching story/feature ideas
  • keep and update media log and media contact list
  • post upcoming programs and events on local online community calendars
  • work on special project assignments
  • assist with mailings
  • represent the PR and Marketing Office at special events, openings, corporate events, membership cultivation activities as requested
  • perform administration duties as needed
  • acquire and maintain a familiarity and knowledge of Amazement Square’s exhibitions and programs, both ongoing and upcoming

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of Amazement Square.  We depend on your commitment and recognize the value of your service by providing you with the following benefits:

  • An active volunteer receives free admission to the museum for himself and his immediate family (when accompanied by him) and a 15% discount in the Museum Shop

  • A volunteer’s name tag will be changed when he reaches different milestones of hours worked

  • After 25 hours of volunteer time you will receive a free t-shirt or logo mug

  • After 40 hours of volunteer time you will receive four free passes to the museum

  • After 70 hours of volunteer time you will receive 50% off the base price of an Amazement Square Membership

All volunteers are responsible for notifying the volunteer coordinator when their hours have been reached so they can receive their benefits.

Available Volunteer Positions

+ Exhibit Educators

Exhibit educators work with Museum Educators to help museum visitors explore and understand hands-on, interactive exhibits in eight multidisciplinary galleries. Shifts are available Tues-Sunday during operating hours.

+ Exhibit Maintenance

Exhibit maintenance volunteers will assist with exhibit preparation and maintenance. Duties may include cleaning exhibit environments, touch-up painting, or skilled exhibit fabrication. This is a wonderful opportunity for creative carpenters! Shifts are available Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm

+ Program Volunteers

Program volunteers assist with the museum’s regular programming which typically fall on Saturday afternoons. Volunteers are needed to interact with museum visitors, assist with set-up, facilitation, and clean-up of the program. This a great volunteer position for high school or college students!

+ Public Relations

Public relations volunteers will assist in the assembling and/or distribution of promotional materials in the Lynchburg region. Volunteers for distribution must have a valid driver’s license and a mode of transportation. Shifts occur periodically through out the year.

+ Special Event

Special events volunteers participate in the museum’s outreach, educational, or fundraising events such as the Museum After Dark, Amazing Mile Children’s Run, Ugly Bug Ball, and Children’s Holiday Festival.

+ Kidz Warehouse Gift Shop

Museum shop volunteers will assist the shop manager in keeping the Kidz Warehouse stocked and organized. Volunteers may also be asked to assist guests with purchases from finding products to meet their needs to checking them out at the register. This would be a great experience for students who plan to run their own business! Shifts are available Tuesday-Sunday during operating hours.

ELIGIBILITY to Volunteer

Any individual, without regard to race, creed, sex, income level, special needs, sexual orientation, and national origin is eligible to be considered for participation in volunteer activities at Amazement Square. Volunteers are expected to meet the same general standards and requirements as regular staff. Applicants should be 14 years of age.

Orientation & Training

  1. The Operations Department will conduct an orientation designed to familiarize new volunteers with the layout of the museum, as well as general volunteer duties.

  2. The Operations Department will conduct a handbook review with prospective volunteers to familiarize them with volunteer policies and procedures

  3. The volunteer coordinator will schedule on-the-job training to be conducted during volunteer shifts

  4. Additional training will be dependent upon department.

Preliminary Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering at Amazement Square, please send an email to Laura Lemaitre containing the following information:

  1. Name, address, day and evening phone numbers.

  2. Place of employment or school currently attending.

  3. Dates and times you are available to volunteer.

  4. List and describe volunteer events in which you have participated, and your specific role at these events.

  5. List any skills or interests you feel would complement your qualifications as an Amazement Square volunteer.

Reference Checks

To ensure that individuals who join Amazement Square are well qualified and have a strong potential to be productive and successful, it is the policy of Amazement Square to check references of all Intern/volunteer applicants.  As a means of verifying the applicant’s background, Criminal Records and Social Services checks will be made.