Kluge-Ruhe Internships

About Kluge-Ruhe

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum dedicated solely to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art in the United States. It is located 10 minutes from UVa grounds at 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, off the 250 East Bypass at Pantops. Programs include rotating exhibitions in the gallery, research, collections management, conservation, publication and public education. The museum is open to the public by appointment only during the pandemic. You can find out more about the collection by visiting www.kluge-ruhe.org.

Internships are available for Summer 2021

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection seeks highly motivated UVA undergraduate students for two internships in summer 2021. The museum is offering internships in museum education and collections management.

Summer internships require a total of 300 hours over the course of the summer. Interns must be willing to begin in May and work through August, at 20-30 hours/week. The internships will be a blend of remote and on-site work, under appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines. Internships include a stipend of $3500, disbursed in two payments of $1750.

EDUCATION INTERNSHIP The Kluge-Ruhe Education intern will work directly with the Manager of Education and Programs and the Education Coordinator. In fall 2020 Kluge-Ruhe developed an ambitious Digital Engagement Strategy and this internship project will help bring it to life! You will be helping us build a bank of stock footage of our world-class art collection, edit footage into short form videos to educate the public about the art according to a process/style defined by top-notch consultants, and assist with developing the YouTube and Vimeo channels.


  • Required:
    • Mastery of Adobe Premier and Audition
    • Extensive experience filming with a Gimble
    • A passion for educating the public about art, culture, race, colonialism, etc.
  • Preferred:
    • Experience working with a professional video consultancy firm – videography and/or editing
    • Track record of using YouTube to increase subscribers, views and engagement with video content

COLLECTIONS INTERNSHIP The Collections intern will receive training in the digitization, documentation, and research of museum collections. Research and writing skills are required for this position; digital photography and experience using Adobe Photoshop preferred. Applicants preferably will have a background in the field of anthropology, art history, global development studies, or studio art. The intern will work directly with the Collections Manager on the following projects, which will ensure the proper documentation and registration of objects in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, providing physical and virtual access to students and researchers:

  • Assess and document objects
  • Aid in the rehousing of small objects in the collection 
  • Digitize objects (digital photography, image processing, embedding metadata)
  • Conduct object-based and policy-related research
  • Assist in editing collections database records for online collections search
  • Additionally, the intern will assist with office duties (mailings, answering phone) and other tasks necessary to running a small museum such as helping with exhibitions and special programs.

ELIGIBILITY Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4thyear UVA students from all fields of study with a demonstrated interest in Indigenous Arts/StudiesApplicants must be current UVA undergraduates in good academic standing. ***Note that Kluge-Ruhe is located off grounds at 400 Worrell Drive in Pantops, and interns are responsible for their own transportation should they need to be on site.

HOW TO APPLY Download the application form. Send completed application form and supporting documents (statement of interest, a current résumé, and your unofficial transcript) to Catherine Walden, cew9f@virginia.eduDeadline is extended to MAY 7, 2021. Please be sure to select which type of internship you would prefer (you may choose more than one).

Photo: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection's building in Charlottesville, proudly flying the Aboriginal flag. Photo by Tom Cogill.