Welcome to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

Student Internships

The Fairfax Station RR Museum offers a variety of ongoing internship opportunities to college and advanced high school students of various backgrounds throughout the year.

Internships are flexible in terms of duration, hours and working conditions. It is not necessarily a requirement to perform work at the Station.

Internships are unpaid. The museum will work with students to assure that experiences are structured according to their personal interests and academic requirements. Internships typically are structured around one or more projects, depending on the interests and availability of the applicants. Internships can be short- or long-term and can be programmed at any time during the calendar year.

Current needs and projects fall into the following areas:

  • Historical research
  • Display design and preparation
  • Artifact inventory and documentation
  • Artifact restoration and preservation
  • Assistance with, or creation of special exhibits and events
  • Development of inter-active, educational activities and exhibits suitable for K-12 ages
  • Web site design; development of online sales and marketing
  • Custom videos illustrating historic themes of the museum
  • Publication design and layout
  • Gift shop merchandise plans
  • Museum management
  • Development of community outreach initiatives
  • Performance art centering on the museum's historical themes

The museum is happy to work with multiple interns simultaneously and to entertain suggestions by candidates for specific projects or activities. Many projects require interaction with the museum's Board of Directors. Enthusiasm, interest in local history and good communication skills are valued highly.

Interns have an opportunity to make meaningful and lasting contributions to the local community through their programs with the museum.

Specific skill enhancement depends on the project(s) undertaken. Past interns have been afforded the opportunity to enhance their artistic portfolios through creation of video content and manage a major exhibit that included participation of national and local museums and historical organizations.

The internship experience is designed with the specific aim of gaining experience that will be personally enjoyable and professionally/academically relevant.