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High School Internships

“I met a lot of new and interesting people. I successfully completed a research project and comfortably presented in front of an audience. I have gotten to know and love this museum setting.” – Tyler Lee, 2012 Student Historian


Interested in a unique, hands-on experience at the oldest museum in New York? The New-York Historical Society offers two sessions of the Student Historian Internship Program each year (Academic Year and Summer).

The Student Historian High School Internship Program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Academic Year 2014-15 Program:

  • Application available: August 20, 2014
  • Deadline: Monday October 6, 2014
  • Program dates: November 19, 2014 - June 3, 2015, Wednesdays from 4-6:30 pm, plus occasional Friday hours. Applicants must be available every day of the program, as well as Friday, May 29, 2015.

Summer 2015 Program:

  • Application available: March 2015
  • Deadline: April 2015
  • Program dates: July 7- August 13, Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-4 pm. Applicants must be available every day of the program.

Our Academic Year 2014-15 Student Historian Program is currently accepting applications! See below for more information about the internship program and how to apply.

Participation in the Student Historian program includes:

  • Researching art, artifacts, and documents from New-York Historical's collections to create resources for museum visitors and the New-York Historical Society website, with a particular focus on New York State U.S. History & Government Regents Exam review materials during the academic year.
  • Training to work with diverse audiences as facilitators in the museum galleries and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
  • Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society, including the Student Historian blog.
  • Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society.
  • Meeting with experts from the museum and library departments to discuss both the museum’s collections and career options.
  • Visiting other museums and cultural institutions throughout New York City.

Application Information:

The New-York Historical Society Student Historian Program is open to students who meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • You are currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in the tri-state area.
  • You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program.
  • You have (or can obtain by the start of the program, if accepted) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, click here.

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • The application form should be typed by the applicant and saved as a Word document or .pdf file, named “your first name_your last name_app”. The document can be e-mailed to using the subject line “High School Internship Application.”
  • The recommendation form must be completed by ONE teacher or advisor and e-mailed to using the subject line “Recommendation for First Name Last Name.”

Deadline for all application materials: 5 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Applications that are not complete and submitted by 5 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014 will not be accepted. If you do not have a computer at home, please plan ahead to use one at school or at your local public library. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for a group interview in the following few weeks after the deadline. Thank you for your application!

Paid internships* may be offered to accepted applicants who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Please be sure to specify on your application if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at your school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.

*Students offered paid internships must have all documents necessary to be employed in the United States for the duration of the internship (accepted applicants are responsible for the cost of procuring any documentation related to seeking employment in the United States before their first day). For more information on required documents for employment, please click here.

If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at

The Student Historian High School Internship Program is supported by a generous grant from The New York Life Foundation and through an endowment established by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. 

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