New-York Historical Society | College and Graduate Internships

College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering part-time 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:

Fall 2018:

  • Internship applications open August 3, 2018
  • Internship applications closed August 27, 2018
  • Internship dates: September-December, 2018

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.

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.

Available Internships

Development Internship
The development department of the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) seeks an intern for development assistance.

This hands-on position in a small, fast-paced fundraising office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, individual giving, and institutional giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to all aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit. The intern’s responsibilities will include assisting with general office needs, prospect research, drafting donor acknowledgments, proofreading various forms of office correspondence, assisting with major mailings and membership acquisitions, event preparation and staffing, organizing and maintaining departmental hard files, as well as special projects as assigned. The ideal candidate possesses the following qualities- 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

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE

Collections Internship
Intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, Museum Studies, and/or Studio Program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. Intern will help with the management of new collections acquisitions as well as incoming loans for exhibitions, including preparation of checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, and organize collections items. Intern will also assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS)—uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. The intern will gain invaluable work experience as part of the daily operations of the Museum's collections department. The position requires excellent organizational and computer skills and attention to detail.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Curatorial Internship
The intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies program at the graduate level with at least one year completed, but preferably with an advanced degree. The intern will be tasked with cataloguing and researching works in N-YHS’s drawings collection. This exciting internship opportunity is tripartite and will focus on the curatorial skills of cataloguing, writing, and researching. The first part of the initial project of the internship involves cataloguing a large trove of newly gifted works for an exhibition in fall 2019. The second is related to the first: researching these newly acquired drawings and, with the curator, drafting labels and text panels for the exhibition. This will serve as the foundation for a future catalogue of the collection. The third part revolves around researching for an exhibition based on the around 400 silhouettes in the N-YHS collection, scheduled for in fall 2020. These experiences will expose the intern to all aspects of working in a museum―from acquisitions and cataloguing, to dealing with actual objects and researching them. The intern will be responsible for compiling files on the cataloguing project for the use of the database administrator, who will subsequently enter them into the N-YHS’s TMS database. Research, writing, and computer skills are required, together with an interest in organizing large amounts of material. During this period, the intern would be working closely with a curator and a research associate, an excellent educational experience providing invaluable, first-hand exposure to a professional museum setting and projects. Candidates in graduate school in the field of art history, or with an advanced degree and museum experience are preferred.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Family Programs Internship
The Family Programs intern must 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. The intern will assist with researching, marketing, preparing materials for, and staffing 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 all aspects of developing and leading out-of-school-time programs for families for a variety of audiences. The intern will also work on semester long projects related to our special exhibition family guides and the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. We require excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a proactive attitude. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Center for Women’s History Internship
Fall 2018 interns will assist with ongoing research and exhibit planning for the Center for Women's History at New-York Historical Society. The intern will assist the Center's director and fellows with a wide range of tasks, including research, exhibition development, curriculum writing, and organizing public events. Event work will include our regular salon-style talks, as well as preparations for the Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History, held annually in March. Interns will learn and hone their research and writing skills in the fields of public history and women's history, and will gain experience working in teams to produce exhibitions and events in a museum setting. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Digital Learning Programs Internship
Intern must be enrolled in a computer science related field and have an interest in the intersection of technology and education. The intern will assist with the research and development of new educational programming rooted in digital technologies for middle and high school students in an informal education setting. The ideal candidate will have experience with coding, game design, 3D printing, and digital photography and have some experience creating educational activities designed to teach students the skills necessary to use various technology. Experience working with middle and high school aged students is preferred. The intern will also assist with the daily operations of the Tech Commons at New-York Historical and assist the Manager of Digital Learning Programs with administrative work and other tasks. We require excellent communication and computer skills. Intern must be available during flexible weekday hours.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Women and the American Story Curriculum Intern
The Women and the American Story (WAMS) curriculum intern will work with the Education Division at N-YHS on the roll-out of two new WAMS units. They will provide administrative and logistical support for pilot lessons and workshops, assist with uploading content to the WAMS website, and facilitating outreach to teacher networks across the country. Additional responsibilities will include providing administrative support for the N-YHS professional development team. The intern will gain experience in curriculum development and project management, as well as an introduction to museum education pedagogy and using primary sources as teaching tools. Preferred qualifications include strong organization, task management, and communication skills.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.


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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