Thank you for your interest in joining the Academy Center of the Arts’ team. All open part-time, seasonal, and full-time positions are listed below.

ACOA values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for all open positions.

Open Part Time Positions

Shift Leader

Shift Leader

To apply for the position listed above or for questions regarding this position, please email Eden Eskaros, Operations Manager, at [email protected].

Open Seasonal Positions

Youth Theatre Director

Youth Theatre Director

To apply for the position listed above, please fill out the form linked above. For questions regarding this position, please email Kelli Johnson, Education Manager, at [email protected].

Youth Theatre Stage Manager

Youth Theatre Stage Manager

To apply for the position listed above, please fill out the form linked above. For questions regarding this position, please email Kelli Johnson, Education Manager, at [email protected].

Class, Camp, and Workshop Instructor

Class, Camp, and Workshop Instructor

To apply for the position listed above, please fill out the form linked above. For questions regarding this position, please email Kelli Johnson, Education Manager, at [email protected].


Summer Visual Arts Programming Intern

Location: Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia

Duration: Tuesday, June 4 – Friday, July 12 (break from June 24 -July 7)

Stipend: $350 plus 20 hours of community service credit

Reports To: Chief Programming Officer

Application Deadline: June 1

Position Overview:

The Academy Center of the Arts seeks passionate and organized interns to support our dynamic Summer Visual Arts Programming. This internship is ideal for individuals pursuing careers in the arts, education, health, medicine, art therapy, or nursing. The intern will play a crucial role in organizing our art studio, assisting with the organization and implementation of lesson plans, and participating in community events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Studio Organization: Assist in the organization and maintenance of the art and pottery studios to ensure a productive environment for creativity and learning.
  • Lesson Planning: Help organize lesson plans and materials for various classes and workshops offered during the summer. Ensure materials and resources are prepared for instructors and participants.
  • Event Assistance: Support the coordination and execution of community events hosted at off-campus locations. Tasks may include setting up, welcoming guests, and providing information about our programs and exhibitions.
  • OMA Program Participation: Participate in the “Open Minds Art” (OMA) program, which includes a 3-hour training session and a 4-week commitment. This program is designed to enhance your understanding of the impact of visual arts on people living with dementia and the importance of accessibility and inclusion in the arts.
  • Additional Duties: Perform other related duties as assigned, including administrative support, customer service, and engagement with artists and community members.


  • Current enrollment in or recent graduation from an undergraduate program related to art, education, or a related field.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Passion for the arts and community engagement.
  • Prior experience in an educational, medical or arts setting is a plus.


  • Gain hands-on experience in arts facilitation
  • Work closely with professional artists and educators.
  • Receive a stipend and earn community service hours.
  • Develop valuable skills in event management, educational planning, and community outreach.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter and at least 3 references to our Assistant Director of Programs, Mele Tulua at [email protected]. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position and how it aligns with your career goals.

The Academy Center of the Arts is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Summer Education Intern

Summer Education Intern

For more information or to apply, please email Kelli Johnson, Education Manager, at [email protected].

Other Internships

Interested in interning at the Academy Center of the Arts? Internships at the Academy provide hands-on experiences through special projects and individualized attention by department staff.

Internships are offered in most of the Academy’s departments, including marketing, visual arts, development, education, operations, technical theatre, and more.

Direct all questions to Tabitha Abbott at [email protected].

Who Can Apply
  • High school students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Recent graduates (up to 2 years out of school)
  • International students (must have J-1 or F-1 visa)
How To Apply
  • Fill out internship form linked in the “Internship Interest Form” section below
  • Send a cover letter and resume to Tabitha Abbott at [email protected].
    • Note in your cover letter if you are applying for multiple internships
    • Direct all questions about internships to Tabitha Abbott
Intern Perks
  • Course credit (not required)
  • Free tickets to select performances
  • Tours of the Academy’s venues and campus
  • Academy Center of the Arts swag
Available Internships
  • Theatre Tech
  • Nonprofit Management & Operations
  • Events Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Development & Fundraising
  • Box Office
  • Community Outreach
  • Education (summer only)
  • Galleries
  • May I apply for more than one internship?
    • Yes!
  • Are your internships compensated
    • Interns are compensated with college credit and/or volunteer hours.
  • Do I need to have a car?
    • Transportation to and from work and performances will be the responsibility of the intern.
Internship Interest Form

Interested in an Internship not listed above? Apply here!