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 $3000 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The summer internship program will be held June 11-August 6 (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 280 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Summer 2018:

  • Internship applications open February 13, 2018
  • Internship applications close March 13, 2018
  • Internship dates: June 11 - August 6, 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

The link to apply to the 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.

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.

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

Available Internships

High School Programs Intern
Intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, Museum Studies, Education, and/or American Studies program with an interest in museum education, particularly working with High School students in out-of-school time programming. Previous experience working with High School students preferred. Intern will work directly with the Manager of Teen Programs to help develop and facilitate the Summer 2018 Student Historian HS Internship Program at N-YHS. 25-30 High School students (grades 10-12) from the tri-state area are accepted into the Student Historian program which runs for 6 weeks (meeting Tuesday-Thursday, 3 full days a week). The program seeks to provide students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. The Education: High School Programs Intern will help plan and prepare for each day of the internship program, and also work directly with the group of interns supporting their personal and professional development. The Education: High School Programs intern will also have administrative duties to support Teen Programs at N-YHS. The Education Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop, oversee, and assess a youth development program in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice.

Please note: This internship has a unique schedule. Intern must be available from June 18 - August 17, 2018, as well as for the N-YHS Intern orientation. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Family Programs Intern
The family programs intern will work with visiting families in two distinct programs: drop-in gallery exploration with our History Detective Briefcases and our week-long Camp History. The intern’s role will include assisting and researching for Camp History, and being the public face of and overseeing the History Detective briefcase distribution in the galleries. The summer intern will also provide administrative and logistical support to DCHM educators and will work on updating and adding to our outreach contacts.   

Qualified applicants have experience working with families and children (anywhere from age 4 – 12); are comfortable working with the public; and have taken history, art, or museum courses. Bilingual is a plus. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Collections Intern
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. Inter 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.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Curatorial Research Intern
The New-York Historical Society is seeking a qualified intern to assist with upcoming exhibition and collections research. Research will focus on such topics as the early nineteenth-century American copper trade to object-based investigations related to the museum’s decorative arts and material culture collections. The intern should have a good general knowledge of eighteenth, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century primary sources and databases, and be familiar with the decorative arts and material culture from those periods. Research will be conducted in the Historical Society’s library and at libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Interns will gain first-hand experience in the research phase of exhibit planning, proficiency with a variety of document types and sources, and work closely with the Historical Society’s museum collection. The intern will report to Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph. D., Curator of Decorative Arts.  

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Archives Intern
The Archives Intern will work under the supervision of the Head of Archival Processing to process one or more manuscript collections held in the Library of the New-York Historical Society. The internship emphasizes archival description, including writing historical, scope, arrangement, and other notes for the collection; identifying significant content in the archival material; establishing name and subject access terms with controlled vocabularies; documenting the records in the collection management system; and generating a DACS-compliant, on-line finding aid using that system. The internship will also involve physical processing, including arrangement of the materials and basic conservation practices, such as rehousing. To be eligible for the internship, the candidate must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an MLIS or equivalent program with a concentration in archives; must have completed at least an introductory archival course; and have a general familiarity with and interest in U.S. history.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Center for Women’s History Intern
Summer 2018 interns will assist with the ongoing research and exhibit planning for New-York Historical's Center for Women's History. 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 research and exhibition development, as well as organizing public events--both regular salon-style talks, and the Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in 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 can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Citizenship Project Intern
Intern must be enrolled in a History or Museum Studies program with an interest in historical research. The Citizenship Project at the New-York Historical Society offers free classes for eligible permanent residents on the path to citizenship. The intern will assist in the development of the program by doing research in the New-York Historical Society Library and writing background essays on primary sources. The intern will learn how to perform historical research and how primary sources are used in educational programming. The intern will also assist the Citizenship Project Manager with general administrative duties.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Curatorial Intern
The New-York Historical Society seeks an intern to provide research and administrative assistance with exhibitions and collections. Working directly with the assistant curator of material culture, the intern will primarily conduct research on the history of LGBTQ nightlife and public policy in New York, as well as participate in the exhibitions planning process. Sensitivity to diverse perspectives and backgrounds is paramount. Object-based research and documentation projects may also arise in the material culture and decorative arts from the nineteenth century to the present day. Other tasks may include conducting and/or transcribing interviews, and augmenting and editing object records in the museum’s collections database.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Digital Learning Programs Intern
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 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. 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. Intern must be enrolled in a computer science related field and have an interest in the intersection of technology and education. 

Please note: Intern must be available during flexible weekday hours up to 25 hours per week. Applicants are requested to include whether they prefer school credit or a stipend for the internship period.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

History Exhibits Intern
The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department in planning for projects related to an N-YHS initiative on the presidency. The internship will largely involve secondary research and preparation of research reports. The intern may also be asked to research topics related to history exhibits in production during the summer. The intern will be part of the exhibition planning team and collaborate closely with team members under the supervision of the V.P. for History Exhibitions. Preference will be given to candidates who are history majors, have familiarity with topics pertaining to the presidency, and have good writing skills. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Development Intern
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.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, CLICK HERE.

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