College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering part-time fall internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators and educators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional relationships. Applicants who are selected to participate in this rewarding yet demanding experience will either be paid a stipend of $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The fall internship program begins in September (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 140 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Fall 2017:

  • The deadline for the following two positions has been extended to Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • Internship dates: To be determined with supervisor

Requirements:
Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students though recent graduates may also apply. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements. Interns are considered employees, and upon acceptance into the program are required to provide documentation that they are legally allowed to work in the United States. International students may apply and are responsible for providing the same documentation and obtaining the necessary visas.

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • A cover letter indicating in which position/department you are interested
  • A resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample*
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from a professor)

*It is important to read the individual job descriptions as some departments require other materials in lieu of the writing sample.

Please note: Applications that are not complete and submitted by the appropriate deadline (including two letters of recommendation) will not be accepted. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for an interview.

If the internship that you are applying for is being offered for credit, you must submit written confirmation from your college stating that you will receive credit for hours completed.

Applicant Information
The link to apply to each position on our online application system, Interfolio, is below the posting. In order to apply you must register and create a user account, or use your existing account, to submit your application materials. You will receive an email notification when successfully registered.

 

Collection Cataloging intern

Working with the Associate Curator of Material Culture and the Collections Manager, the paid intern will concentrate on cataloging a 1200 piece collection of toy soldiers.  Intern will conduct primary research into the figure makers and the military units they represent and assist with the creation of The Museum System (TMS) records for the soldiers. In addition, the intern will assist in the processing of the Jerni Collection, which comprises an estimated 11,000 international toy trains, stations, and accessories. These duties will include unpacking objects, assembling toys for photography, and creating and updating spreadsheets.  Enrollment in a Graduate-level Museum Studies, Art History, History, Decorative Arts, and or Material Culture Program is preferred but eligibility is not limited to those with this level of education.  Familiarities with U.S. military history and/or children’s material culture a plus. The intern will learn art object handling skills, gain experience with TMS, and be part of the Museum Department’s daily operations. We require excellent attention to detail, communication, and computer skills. Intern must be willing to commute to work sites in NYC and Jersey City. Intern will work 1-2 days a week from September 2017 thru June 2018.
This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Collections Care intern
Working with the Associate Curator of Material Culture and the Collections Manager, the paid intern will concentrate on the archival re-housing of a 1200 piece collection of soft metal toy soldiers and assist in the re-housing of the Jerni Collection, which comprises an estimated 11,000 painted tin toy trains, stations, and accessories.   Working with the Collections Manager, the intern will provide vital assistance in creating custom boxes, cavity packs, and storage solutions for these unique and fragile collections. Additional work may include unpacking objects, assembling toys for photography, and some data entry. Enrollment in a Graduate level Conservation program, Museum Studies, Art History, History, Decorative Arts, and or Material Culture Program preferred.  We require excellent attention to detail, communication, and computer skills. Intern must be willing to commute to work sites in NYC and Jersey City. Intern will work 1-2 days a week from September 2017 thru June 2018.
This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

 

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Internship Coordinator
internships@nyhistory.org
212-873-3400 ext. 505

The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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