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.

Our Academic Year 2014-15 Student Historian Program is full! See below for upcoming programs and application deadlines.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Summer 2015 Program:

  • Application available: March 2015
  • Deadline: April 2015
  • Program dates: July 7- August 13, Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-4 pm

Academic Year 2015-16 Program:

  • Application available: June 2015
  • Deadline: October 2015
  • Program dates: November 2015-June 2016, Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm, 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.
  • 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.

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) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/wp....
  • 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 http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

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

If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at hs.internships@nyhistory.org.

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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