College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering part-time fall 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 $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The fall internship program begins in September (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 140 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Spring 2018:

  • Internship applications open October 12, 2017
  • Internship applications close November 14, 2017
  • Internship dates: To be determined with supervisor, between February – May, 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.

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.

Applicant Information
The link to apply to each 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.

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:

Family Programs Internship
The Family Programs intern must be earning a degree in Education, Museum Education, History, or Art History (or a related field) with a particular interest in working with families with children ages 3 - 12. The intern will assist with researching, marketing, preparing materials for, and staffing family programs in the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum (please note, this work happens on weekday and weekend days). By the end of the internship, they will have gained experience with all aspects of developing and leading out-of-school-time programs for families for a variety of audiences. The intern will also work on a semester long project related to our summer Camp History program and the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. We require excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a proactive attitude.
This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Collections Internship
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, 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

History Exhibits Internship
The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department in maintaining the companion website to The Vietnam War exhibition--the major history show for the season. Part of this effort will involve content creation; part will involve managing and preparing visitor responses for presentation on the web and for archiving. The intern may also be asked to participate in ongoing visitor studies and assist in research for history exhibits in production during the spring.
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 and have good writing skills.
This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Professional Learning Internship
This internship takes place within the Education department and specifically supports the Professional Learning (i.e. teacher workshop) team. The primary responsibility of this intern will be to develop materials to be distributed to K-12 teachers who participate in N-YHS’s extensive roster of teacher workshops. These materials may include background essays on select topics in American history, in-depth descriptions of objects, images, and documents within the museum and library collections, and annotated reading lists. This work will require thorough primary and secondary source research and extensive writing. The intern will also be occasionally asked to contribute to the daily needs of the Professional Learning team, including data entry, materials management, and logistical event support. Through this work, the intern will have the opportunity to observe the wider work of the Education department, sit-in on field trips and other types of museum programs, support museum educators in the classroom, and interact with NYC school teachers. Applicants must have a background in the humanities, ideally American History; exceptional research and writing experience; and an interest in education. Preferred qualifications include strong organizational, task management, and communication skills; the ability to work independently; and familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.
This internship will provide experience and training in both public history and education. The intern will exercise his or her research and writing skills; will be asked to study several topics across American History; and have the opportunity to study materials from our institution's collections. At the same time, he or she will contribute to the development and delivery of teacher programs and learn about the fields of K-12 professional development and museum education.
This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Development Internship
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.
·         Assist with general office needs
·         Prospect research
·         Draft donor acknowledgments
·         Proofread various forms of office correspondence
·         Assist with major mailings and membership acquisitions
·         Event preparation and staffing
·         Organize and maintain departmental hard files
·         Special projects as assigned
A qualified candidate will possess the following skills: Punctual self-starter, with the ability to work well independently, good phone-etiquette and communication skills, excellent writing and proofreading skills, a strong attention to detail, and database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferable, though not required.
This internship can be completed for credit.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

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

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