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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 New York’s oldest museum? 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.

Our Academic Year 201516 Student Historian Program is full! See below for upcoming programs and application deadlines.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Summer 2016 Program:

  • Application available: March 2016
  • Deadline: April 2016
  • Program dates: July 5, 2016August 11, 2016, TuesdayThursday, 10 am3 pm

Academic Year 2016–17 Program:

  • Application available: June 2016
  • Deadline: October 2016
  • Program dates: November 2016 to June 2017, Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6:30pm, plus occasional Friday hours.

Please note: Applicants must be available every day of the program

Participation 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 and current exhibitions during the summer session
  • Training to research, develop, and lead inquiry-based tours of the Museum collection to offer to visiting groups
  • Training to work with diverse audiences as facilitators in the Museum galleries and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum
  • Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society as needed
  • Meeting with experts from the Museum and Library to discuss both the Museum’s collections and career opportunities 
  • Visiting other museums and cultural institutions throughout New York City
  • Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society, including the Teen Historian Blog

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 (for the Summer Student Historian Program you must be entering grades 10, 11, or 12 in Fall 2016; you are also eligible if you will graduate high school in June 2016)
  • You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program
  • You have (or can obtain by the start of the program) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit this site
  • Paid internships may be offered to interns 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 visit this site

Application Information:
Note: The application materials for upcoming Student Historian program will be posted on the dates listed above


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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