College and graduate internships are available for the fall and spring semesters (part time) and the summer (full time). From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional relationships. All internships are either paid or for academic credit. Applicants must be enrolled in either college or graduate school.
The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time summer internships in both our museum and library divisions. Applicants who are selected to participate in this rewarding yet demanding experience will either be paid $8.75/hour or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. Participants are required to work 35 hours a week. Each week, interns will participate in a lunchtime meeting featuring lectures from various N-YHS employees, and attend an outing to other cultural institutions in the NYC area. The 2015 Summer Internship Program will run for eight weeks beginning June 8, 2015.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
• Application Deadline: March 20, 2015, 5:00 pm
• Internship dates: June 8–July 31, 2015, Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm (unless otherwise specified)
Please note: Interns must be available every day of the program.
Applicants must be students or recent graduates of either college or graduate school. 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 via the application portal:
• A cover letter indicating in which position/department you are interested
• A resume
• Five to ten page writing sample*
• Two 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 or in addition to the research paper.
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.
The application process for summer 2015 internships will open on Monday, January 19.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE for our online booking site Ed-Net.
You will need to create a user account, or use your existing account, to submit your application materials. You will receive an email notification when successfully registered. Once you have uploaded all of your application materials, you will receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink. This link should be sent to your professors and they can use that link to upload letters of recommendation.
The application process will close March 20, 2015, at 5:00 pm.
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
212-873-3400 ext. 505
Internships are offered in a variety of departments including:
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. The intern will assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS)—uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. Intern will also help with the management of physical and digital files, and the preparation of special reports, checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, organize, inventory permanent collection items, and be part of the daily operations of the museum collections department. We require excellent communication, computer skills, and attention to detail.
Colonial Revival Collection of Drawings and Watercolors Intern- The intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies program, preferably at the graduate level with one year completed. This exciting internship opportunity will focus on cataloguing and researching the uncatalogued major collection of Colonial Revival watercolors and drawings held by the N-YHS. In aggregate there around 3,000 sheets, which were given temporary INV. numbers when they entered the collection. Many are studies for paintings, prints, or illustrations by important artists of this movement, such as Dunsmore, Lefferts, and Ogden. These preparatory studies need to be linked to their finished works. To accomplish this hands-on, original research, the intern will work at Mana Fine Art, the N-YHS storage facility, for three days, cataloguing and taking low-resolution images. Two days will be spent at the N-YHS, researching in the library and pursuing other ad hoc curatorial tasks related to exhibitions in progress. These experiences will expose the intern to all aspects of working in a museum―from acquisitions and cataloguing, to dealing with actual objects as well as researching them. The intern will be responsible for compiling files on the cataloguing project for the database administrator, who will subsequently enter them into the N-YHS’s TMS database. Computer and research 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 with a strong interest in history preferable.
American Painting and Sculpture Intern- Intern needed to work with Assistant Curator of American Art on permanent collection and exhibitions-related projects. An ideal candidate should have a background in the field of American Art History and/or Museum Studies, with an interest in and some knowledge of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century painting and sculpture. Tasks may include image and bibliographic research, electronic data entry, filing, and the organization of research materials and data. There will also be an opportunity to assist with exhibition research and planning.
Decorative Arts Intern- The New-York Historical Society is seeking a curatorial intern to assist with several ongoing projects in the museum. The intern will participate in and assist with planning for the redesigned Luce Center, an open storage facility housing the museum's permanent collection; conduct research related to the reinstallation of the Tiffany lamp collection; and help with ongoing cataloguing of decorative arts and material culture objects. The internship will provide an opportunity for hands-on experience and working alongside the curatorial staff. Candidates should have demonstrated interest in the decorative arts, research experience, and excellent written communication skills.
Development Interns (2)- The development department of the New-York Historical Society seeks two full-time interns for development assistance. This hands-on position in a small, fast-paced fundraising office requires two organized, upbeat, and motivated interns interested 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. Candidates should be punctual self-starters with the ability to work well independently, should have 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. Interns will assist with general office needs and data entry, organize and maintain departmental hard files, draft donor acknowledgments, proofread various forms of office correspondence, assist with major mailings and membership acquisitions, and work on event preparation and staffing, in addition to special projects as assigned.
Art of History Intern- The Education Department seeks an intern to assist with teacher professional development workshops, historical research, and administrative support. The intern will work extensively on planning and preparation for a week-long course for teachers on The Art of History, a curriculum program that uses hands-on art making with primary sources from the Historical Society's collections to enliven the teaching and learning of American history, including revising lesson plans, preparing and compiling materials, and assisting in the day-to-day of the actual course. Additionally, the intern will provide administrative support on an as-needed basis. Background in U.S. History and Visual Arts required, additional background in Education are a plus. Museum Education experience is a plus. Candidate must have excellent research, communication, and organizational skills.
Continuing Education Intern- Intern will support the planning and implementation of summer teacher professional development workshops and other adult-focused education programs. The intern will learn how to research, write, and deliver museum education programs for adults, with a particular focus on workshops for K-12 school teachers. Primary duties will include researching select American history topics in collaboration with museum and library staff, gathering and organizing materials for summer courses, and supporting the creation of the fall calendar of workshops. The intern will have the opportunity to observe education programs, support instructors in the classroom, and interact with workshop participants. Applicants should have a background in the Humanities, ideally History, and an interest in Museum Education and/or Public History. Preferred qualifications include strong organizational, task management, and communication skills; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel; exceptional research and writing experience; and knowledge of American history.
Education Marketing Intern- The Education Marketing, Sales, and Assessment team is looking for a dynamic and detail-oriented person to help organize and update marketing campaigns, internal records, and evaluative data. The chosen intern will learn valuable marketing and record-keeping skills, and gain an understanding of how to develop, process, and report on evaluative data. Applicants do not need any prior knowledge, but an interest in the logistics of museum education or marketing is extremely important. Experience with Excel, record-keeping software, or SPSS is preferable, though not required.
Teen 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 2015 Student Historian HS Internship Program at N-YHS. Twenty-five to thirty high school students (grades 10-12) from the Tri-State area are accepted into the Student Historian Program which runs for six weeks (meeting three full days-per-week.) The program seeks to provide students vocational and academic training, public speaking, and leadership skills, as well as an increased understanding of American Art and History. The Education: High School Program Intern will help plan and prepare for each day of the internship program. They will also work directly with the group of interns supporting their personal and professional development. In addition, they 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 22 -August 14, 2015, as well as for the N-YHS College Intern orientation on June 8, 2015.
Youth Programs Intern- The Youth Programs Intern will work directly with the Teen Programs Coordinator and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum staff over eight weeks this summer. This intern will work with the Teen Programs Coordinator to assist with the research, development, and preparation of the Summer 2015 Teen Leader Internship Program (a small group of up to fifteen high school students who operate a satellite exhibit on Governors Island from early July through mid-August.) The program builds on the teens’ training from a previous internship experience at N-YHS and further develops their vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as their understanding of American art and history. Youth Programs Internship responsibilities will include: creating and editing documents and materials for the Teen Leader Program; scheduling and logistics for the Teen Leader Program; and developing educational activities and materials for the Teen Leader program. The Youth Programs intern will also work with DiMenna Children’s History Museum staff to provide history programming for the public, families, and middle school campers. The intern will research and prepare for the annual Fourth of July family program and a week-long middle school camp. This work will include library research, program logistics, supply sourcing, working with the public, and assisting educators. The middle school camp curriculum will focus on the turn of the twentieth century and will explore industrialization, immigration, Gilded Age, and labor history through activities, behind the scene visits with museum staff, and object exploration. The Youth Programs Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to cultivate youth development programs in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice. Applicants 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 tweens and teens in out-of-school time programming. Previous experience working with middle and high school students preferred. Intern should be interested in working with the public and middle-school-age children, be rigorous in their research, detail-oriented in their work, and be a proactive problem solver.
Please note: this internship has a unique schedule. Intern must be able to work June 22 - August 21, 2015, (including July 4) from 9am-5pm (with a week of the interns’ choice off) and will attend the N-YHS College Intern orientation on June 8, 2015.
Exhibition Design Intern- The intern will assist exhibit designers with upcoming exhibitions and other small design projects. Primary duties will include organizing data, sketching, technical drawings, and making scale models for upcoming temporary exhibitions. The intern should be well versed in Vectorworks (or CAD equivalent) as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on a Mac. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a design portfolio.
Graphic Design Intern- The intern in the graphic design office assists staff with the creation of visual materials for exhibitions, brochures, and signage. Interns are responsible for laying out text labels, scanning images, photo retouching and sizing by using Photoshop, layouts in InDesign or Illustrator with text and images, and production support on large projects. Preferably, applicants for this internship should be in at least their third year of a Graphic Design Program and should be comfortable using Adobe design suits (especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) and typography. Applicants must submit five to six samples of design work in pdf format by email. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to share a complete design portfolio.
Human Resources Intern- The Human Resources Intern will directly assist the Human Resources Department on a wide range of projects related to HR compliance, HR data analysis, recruiting, onboarding-orientation, employee benefits, and other various HR programs. Our internship program provides you with the opportunity to experience the real work of Human Resources and develop a broad spectrum of skills, while giving you a strong understanding of working at a cultural institution. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in starting a career in HR.
American Manuscripts Project Intern- The New-York Historical Society’s library is seeking an intern to assist in a multi-year project to work on its American Historical Manuscript Collection Project. The internship will provide experience with a major manuscript cataloging and processing project, and will be relevant to anyone interested in a career in library and information science or archives. The intern will learn about the library’s manuscript collections and the workflow for a major grant-funded cataloging project; participate in meetings with supervisor and project staff to further the goals of the project; work closely with the project’s catalogers and processing assistant, and with other library staff to help meet the project’s goals; assist with the retrieval of cards for individual collections from the manuscript card catalog; gather information from the manuscript department’s control files and other sources in order to help the catalogers create records in the library’s online catalog; and learn about various aspects of cataloging of manuscript materials, archival principles and the rehousing of rare materials by assisting in the organization and rehousing of collections, as needed. Candidates should have an interest in a career in Library and Information Science or Archives, coursework in the Humanities, interest in American history, ability to do research in a variety of print or online resources, some library of archives experience, experience handling rare and fragile materials, good attention to detail and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Archives Intern- The library at the New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States. Collection strengths include local history of New York City and State; Colonial History; American Military and Naval History from the Revolutionary War to World War II; religions and religious movements, eighteenth and nineteenth century; the Anglo-American slave trade and conditions of slavery in the United States; American Art and art patronage; the development of American architecture from the late eighteenth century to the present; printed views of New York City, nineteenth and twentieth century portraiture and documentary photographs of New York City, and political caricatures and cartoons. Archival internships are available for students working toward a degree in Library Science or studying archives. Interns will arrange and describe archival collections, re-house materials into acid-free folders and boxes, and create finding aids for collections. Interns will have the opportunity to work with Archivist Toolkit to produce electronic finding aids. Interns may also be asked to conduct archival research for special projects and exhibits.
Digital Projects Intern- The New-York Historical Society Library is seeking an intern to assist in a multi-year project to digitize collections of manuscripts and photographic materials. The internship will provide a broad range of digital library experience that will be relevant for anyone interested in a career in library and information science. The intern will learn about the various aspects of the library’s Digital Program; participate in meetings with supervisor and project staff to further the goals of the Digital Program; learn to scan on an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed photo scanner and a Konica Minolta PS7000C MKII book scanner, assign file names according to the library’s file naming conventions, perform quality control of images, and create derivative images using Adobe Photoshop; learn about the library’s digital assets management system (currently CONTENTdm, soon to be migrated to Islandora); and learn to work closely with cataloging and metadata staff to ensure consistency in file naming and metadata standards, and compile accurate logs and statistics of items scanned. Candidates should have an interest in a career in Library and Information Science or Archives, coursework in the Humanities, some library or archives experience, experience handling rare and fragile materials and scanning on flatbed and overhead scanners, experience with Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop, good attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills.