Internship Opportunities 

Marcus K. King Cultural Research Assistantship

Ferrum College’s Marcus K. King Cultural Heritage Research Assistantship honors Mr. King’s lifelong interest in the heritage of western Virginia by continuing the documentation and interpretation of the history, folkways, and material culture of the region in his name. For over 40 years, Mr. King worked with the BRIM on research and exhibitions. He also generously gave knowledge, advice, and material culture objects to BRIM projects. Ferrum College is proud to carry forward the cultural explorations Mr. King so loved.

The Marcus K. King Cultural Heritage Research Assistantship enables the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum to hire an individual to document and interpret western Virginia’s cultural legacy. The Director of the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum will work with candidates for the assistantship to determine research topics and will select the final candidate for the assistantship program. Continuing Mr. King’s legacy, the fruits of the research will be used in BRIM exhibitions and programing, and the research materials will be housed in the BRIM’s Blue Ridge Heritage Archives where they will be preserved and accessible to the public in perpetuity.

McBroom Student Assistantship Program

In 2014, the McBroom Student Assistantship Program was established with a gift from The June M. McBroom Charitable Lead Trust to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. The McBroom Student Assistantship offers a Ferrum College student in good standing a variety of work experiences associated with operations of Ferrum College’s BRIM. The Ferrum College student chosen as the McBroom Scholar will get a front-line museum experience in living history interpretation, digitization of archival materials, assisting with a grant-funded website, event planning, group programming, heirloom gardening, and heritage livestock management.

The Director of the BRIM will select the final candidate for the McBroom Student Assistantship, first preference will be given to those who have an interest in history, agriculture, sociology, or recreation. The McBroom Assistantship currently enables one student each year to work full-time at the Institute for 10 weeks including some weekends.

Additional Internships

Additional unpaid internship opportunities are available throughout the year. Depending on the applicant’s skill set and personal interests, the internships may cover a variety of different aspects of the BRIM.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should contact the BRIM Director, Bethany Worley by email at
Applicants should indicate which program they would like to be considered for, a brief personal description, and their contact information.

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA 24088

Phone: (540) 365 - 4412

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