Work in cultural arts centers, museums, and historical foundations to strengthen our community's sense of beauty and place. These are important and often-neglected components of healthy cities and citizens.


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Make an appointment with the service track coordinator or come to office hours!

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Ferguson Center for the Arts - Arts for All Program (On Campus)



Contact: Cristi Hart, Business Manager


Phone: 757-594-8917

Location: 1 Avenue of the Arts

Organization Description: Performing arts venue

Volunteer Needs: Cashier with excellent skills for merchandise table

Volunteer Hours/Days: Varies


Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center


Contact: Joanne Palmeira, Director of Programs

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Phone: 757-247-8950

Location: 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the Southeast community of Newport News, Virginia. Originally built as the Walter Reed School in 1917, our historic building has been restored and open to the public since October 2008. The Center houses the 276-seat Ella Fitzgerald Theater, in honor of the "First Lady of Song", who was born in Newport News in 1917. In addition to the theater, we have rooms for meetings and events, as well as studio space for visual and performing arts. The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a facility of the City of Newport News department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 

Volunteer Needs: Ushering for shows, box office assistance, youth programs, special events, and much more.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Flexible

Hampton History Museum



Contact: Jasmaine Downes, Volunteer Coordinator and Oral History Project Manager


Phone: 757-727-6822

Location: 120 Old Hampton Ln, Hampton, VA 23669

Organization Description: We are the museum of the life and history of Hampton, Virginia that explores over 400 years of the city’s past from the days of the Kecoughtan Indians to Space Race in the Hampton History Galleries. The Hampton History Museum also engages the local community through new exhibitions, educational programs, city-wide initiatives and public events.

Volunteer Needs: Education, Docent Program (Museum Tours), Outreach Program, Special Events, Collections, Administration, Museum Gift Shop

Volunteer Hours: varies based on students’ availability


Jamestown - Yorktown Foundation


Contact: JoLynda Lawecki, Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-253-4302

Locations: Positions are offered at all three Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation sites:

Central Support Complex (Administrative Building) 200 Hawks Nest Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Jamestown Settlement (Museum), 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185

Yorktown Victory Center (Museum), 200 Water Street (Route 1020), Yorktown, VA 23690

Organization Description: The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through its living-history museums - Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center - the Foundation fosters an awareness and understanding of early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures, and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation. 

Volunteer Needs: The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation has internship and volunteer opportunities available throughout the academic year. Our intern and volunteer programs are managed through the Office of Volunteer Services and offers both academic and experiential internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining practical museum experience and who have a strong interest in history, education, or a museum career. No stipends or transportation are provided. Most internships are offered from September through December; February through early May; and late May through August.  Volunteers may begin at anytime once accepted into the program.

While working under the guidance of museum staff, interns/volunteers participate in the daily operations of the department to which they are assigned. Students become familiar with the challenges and rewards of working with exhibits, research, visitors, planning and assisting in the implementation of new programs or special projects. Internships are usually available in, but not limited to: Curatorial, Development, Marketing & Retail Operations, Museum Education Services, On-Site Education, Customer Research, Finance, Library Services, Horticulture, and Information Technology. Generally speaking, an intern/volunteer should be available to work a minimum of 8 hours and no more than 20 hours per week during an academic semester.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Interns/volunteers who work on-site in costume may have a flexible schedule 7 days a week from 8:30 am am-5:00 pm. Horticulture interns/volunteers may work anytime M-F between 6:00 am-3:00 pm. All other interns/volunteers may work M-F between 9:00 am-5:00 pm, with the exception of Special Event staff who may work weeknights/weekends as needed.


Mariners' Museum (*.9 miles from CNU)

To learn more, and get connected at this site, contact CNU Site Team Leader Sarah Edmonds ‘20


Contact: Beth Heaton, Manager of Volunteer Services


Phone: 757-591-7712

Location: 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Mariners' Museum and Park connects people to the world's waters, because through the waters - through our shared maritime heritage - we are connected to one another.

Volunteer Needs: Navigators (tour guides), and volunteers behind the scenes in education, digital services, library, collection management, development, marketing, and conservation, as well as research opportunities, data entry, cataloging, special events, park and trail assistance, etc.

Volunteer Hours/Days: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Occasional Saturday/Sunday and after hour opportunities. Hours differ based on assignment. Department volunteers need to be on a set weekly schedule. 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center (*.7 miles from CNU)

To learn more, and get connected at this site, contact CNU Site Team Leader Brandon Cumbo ‘20


Contact: Camille Donne, Education Director


Phone: 757-596-8175

Location: 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA

Organization Description: PFAC's Art Education Department seeks to provide balanced and stimulating programs of exhibition-based art appreciation that appeals to both children and adults. Inquiry-based and participatory learning coupled with related hands-on art making components help to instill aesthetic values found throughout the artwork on view. The extensive lessons in looking at art are facilitate by a strong docent program that provides tours for each exhibition series.

Volunteer Needs: All manner of skills are needed to cover a variety of duties, both with the public and behind-the-scenes, including: community relations, marketing, fundraising, education, tour guides, graphic design, visitor services, exhibition installation, building and grounds, administrative assistance, data entry, and event and program implementation. 

Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm; After hours event opportunities as well.

Port Warwick Foundation/Port Warwick Arts & Sculpture Festival


Contact: Jackie Shapiro, Executive Director


Phone: 757-223-0284

Location: 191 Walt Whitman Ave., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: The Port Warwick Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) that organizes art and entertainment events for the citizens of Newport News and surrounding areas

Volunteer Needs: Various volunteer positions are available for the Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival which is held annually in October.  At events during summer concerts on Wednesday evenings and in October at Arts Festival

Volunteer Days/Hours: Evenings on Wednesday 5pm - 10pm from May till the end of August. Anytime during the day from 10 - 5 during the Arts & Sculpture Festival on the 2nd weekend in October. 

Virginia Air and Space Center


Contact: Parrish Crosby, Camp-in Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator


Phone: 757-727-0900

Location: 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA

Organization Description: The official Welcome Center for NASA Langley Research Virginia Air & Space CenterThe Virginia Air & Space Center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts and more.

Volunteer Needs: All days available during operating hours.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sundays, Noon - 5:00pm

Virginia War Museum


Contact: Jerry Coggeshall, Registrar


Phone: 757-247-8523

Location: 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA

Organization Description: American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present.

Volunteer Needs: We are very committed to having our volunteers do only history-related work. Volunteers are always needed to help in a variety of areas within the museum. Opportunities are in such areas as collections, exhibit work, artifact research, library/archives, and program/tour docents, and marketing activities.

Volunteer Days/Hours: Flexible; Monday - Saturday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00pm