College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering 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 will run September through December (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 120 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Internship applications opened: Monday, August 5th
Internship applications closed: Friday, September 6th
Internship dates: September – December 2019

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.

Available Internships

Zimmermann Decorative Arts Internship for College Students from Communities Historically Underrepresented in the Museum Field
The New-York Historical Society is pleased to offer a new internship funded by the Marie Zimmermann Foundation to undergraduate college students from communities historically underrepresented in the museum field, who are interested in learning about the research and study of American decorative arts and material culture, while experiencing the day-to-day activities of a large history museum. Zimmermann interns will participate in the hands-on examination and cataloging of collection objects; conduct detailed design, technology, and social history research for new acquisitions and artifacts earmarked for inclusion in upcoming exhibitions; compose blogs related to collection objects and their experiences working with suchmaterial; and assist curators in artifact-based presentations. Interns will also participate in the Museum’sprogram of expanding the collection to reflect the diversity of the city and nation today and will assist curators in locating and acquiring evocative artifacts. Research will be conducted both on-site in New-York Historical’s preeminent Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and at other libraries across New York City. Interns will work under the close supervision of the Curator of Decorative Arts and interact with other members of the Museum’s curatorial and collections teams.

This internship may be completed for a stipend of $2,150. Applications are due by August 30, 2019.
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Audio/Visual Department Internship
The audio/visual department at the New-York Historical Society is an integral part of daily operations at NYHS. We here at the N-YHS are fortunate to count numerous priceless works of art in our collection. Operating our A/V equipment requires strict attention to detail and respect for the environment. From exhibition gear oversight/maintenance to our frequently sold-out public program lecture series to our Friday night movie series as well as our myriad of private events, the NYHS A/V department bears multiple responsibilities that are often simultaneous. As such, becoming an interim member of the NYHS team requires a quick-thinking individual who possesses refined communication skill set to compliment a foundational technical skill set. Verbal communication abilities are given high priority in this employment opportunity.

Essential job duties of this internship include coordinating with AV and IT teams media as required by project; maintaining gear storage and maintenance logs; engaging in creative problem solving relating to AV and IT issues/tasks; performing global museum startup and shutdown procedures when requested; providing immediate technical assistance for all A/V gear within current exhibitions; providing direct support to A/V personnel as situation dictates; additional duties as requested.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills: constant desire to expand audio/visual knowledge beyond specific job requirements, high critical thinking capacity and fast problem solving ability, meeting expected requirements within a time-based environment, and operating efficiently as a member of a team or completely autonomously. Performative experience on Yamaha LS9, Yamaha QL1 mixing boards, Mackie Analog consoles, AMX control surfaces, StageMix iPad application, Reaper Recording software, and Pro Tools Software, as well as experience operating audio/visual gear within a museum, corporate or educational environment that has noise/action restrictions are preferred skills, but not required. Please note, the physical demands of this position include the ability to lift up to 50lbs (speakers/removable stairs/stanchions).

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Center for Women’s History Internship
The fall 2019 intern will assist with the ongoing research and planning the 2020 Suffrage Centennial exhibition for New-York Historical's Center for Women's History. The intern must be enrolled in a History program, ideally with a focus on women's and/or gender studies. The intern will assist the Center's director and fellows with a wide range of tasks, primarily 2020 research and exhibition development, as well as organizing public events--both regular salon-style talks, and the Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History, held annually in March. Applicants should be flexible, curious, detail-oriented and able to work independently. We require excellent communication and computer skills, and welcome applicants with a keen interest in the richness and diversity of women's history. 

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend. 
For more information and to apply, please
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Development Internship
The development department of the New-York Historical Society seeks an intern for development assistance. This hands-on position in a fast-paced fundraising office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience primarily in institutional giving. The role will also allow for tasks in a variety of roles, including membership, events, and individual giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to institutional giving and all of the aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit. Responsibilities for this position include conducting individual and institutional prospect research and strategy (including research in preparation for a major capital campaign); drafting donor acknowledgments, letters of inquiry, and proposals; proofreading various forms of office correspondence and print materials; assisting with general office needs and data entry; special projects as assigned.

Ideal qualifications for a candidate in this position: punctual self-starter, with the ability to work well independently; good phone etiquette and communication skills; excellent writing and proofreading skills; and strong attention to detail. Database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferable, though not required. Please note that this is a largely sedentary role and will involve heavy computer work including in-depth research on foundation and corporation sponsorship/grant prospects.

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Family Programs Internship
The Family Programs intern should be earning a degree in Education, Museum Education, History, or Art History (or a related field) with a particular interest in working with families with children ages 3 - 12. This fall the family programs intern will research historical figures and events for our Living History and other family programs, including American Revolution, Halloween, and historical train content. In addition, they will assist with marketing, preparing materials for, and staffing a variety of family programs in the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum (please note, this work happens on weekday and weekend days). By the end of the internship, they will have gained experience with researching, developing, and delivering out-of-school-time programs for a variety of family audiences. We require excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a proactive approach to projects.  

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Women & the American Story (WAMS) Internship
The Women & the American Story (WAMS) intern will work with the Education Division at N-YHS on projects and programs related to the curriculum initiative of the same name. They will provide administrative and logistical support for the ongoing project. This work will include assisting in preparing unit materials for upload to the curriculum website, creating blurbs and drafting copy to circulate information about the units and content from the curriculum in newsletters and social media posts, and providing administrative support for professional development workshops using the curriculum. Additional responsibilities will include providing administrative support for the N-YHS professional development team. The intern will gain an introduction to museum education pedagogy and using primary sources as teaching tools, as well as experience in curriculum development and project management. Preferred qualifications include strong organization, task management, and communication skills.

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Teen Programs and Tech Commons Internship
The Teen Programs Intern will work with the teen programs team on all summer out-of-school time Teen Programs at N-YHS and programs in the Tech Commons, a new digital media lab for teens.  They will provide administrative support for all teen programs and the Tech Commons.  Interns will also conduct community outreach efforts.  The Education Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop, oversee, and assess a youth development program and tech programs for teens in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice and technology skills.  

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Applicant Information

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.

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.

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.

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Internship Coordinator
212-873-3400 ext. 505
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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