Internship Opportunities

Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) is proud to offer an internship program that provides hands-on, rich educational experiences for students by promoting arts engagement in a professional gallery. 

As an intern, you will learn the many day-to-day processes, community initiatives, and outreach programs of a community arts non-profit. Interns wear many hats, and responsibilities can range from aiding with gallery and event preparation to special research projects to general administrative duties. All interns can expect a fast-paced, rigorous but fun internship experience that will provide invaluable insight into the non-profit world while enabling the simultaneous development of a unique skillset.

Spring 2019 Intern Isabel Berger, JMU

Spring 2019 Intern Isabel Berger, JMU

Summer 2019 Intern Grant Alger, JMU

Summer 2019 Intern Grant Alger, JMU

I felt as though I was part of a team, all efforts working together multilaterally to achieve a common goal. Different tasks assigned to me, many of which directly corresponded to my individual strengths and future career interests, offered an extensive understanding of what went into a local art non-profit.
— Summer 2019 Intern Lily Landi, JMU

Internship FAQs

What internship opportunities are available?

ACV is currently seeking interns specializing in the following areas:

  • Community Engagement

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Non-Profit Administration

  • Fundraising

  • Gallery Assistant

  • Archivist

  • Graphic Design

Have another idea? We're open to any and all internship tracks!


Who is eligible?

ACV internships are open to all undergraduate students of any major.

We prefer interns who have experience and skills in the following areas:

  • General computer skills

  • Experience with Google applications (sheets, docs, drive)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge and experience with various social media platforms


Are internships paid?

Although internships are not paid, we are happy to work with undergraduate institutions so that you may receive academic credit.


What are internship working hours?

Semester-long internships are based on a minimum of six hours per week, with a preference for two three-hour blocks of office time weekly. However, ACV works with each intern to determine an appropriate schedule, based on academic demands. If mutually agreed-upon, an internship may be extended for a second semester.

How do I apply?

Before applying, we ask that potential interns familiarize themselves with our programs:

If you're still interested after learning about us, please fill out our application, found below. If you're a good fit, we will be in touch.


When are applications due?

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, applications for each semester are reviewed as follows:

  • Summer: Apps Due April 1

  • Fall Semester: Apps Due August 1

  • Spring Semester: Apps Due December 1

Questions? Email Arts Council of the Valley at