College & Graduate Internships
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 may be awarded a stipend or receive course credit depending on school requirements. Participants are required to work 35 hours a week. Besides working with a specific department, the 35 hours includes weekly lunchtime meetings in which interns will hear lectures from various N-YHS employees and participate in outings to other cultural institutions in the NYC area. The 2014 Summer Internship Program will run for eight weeks beginning June 9th.
Upcoming Dates to Know
- Deadline: April 11, 2014
- Internship dates: June 9–August 1, 2014, Mon. through Fri, 9 am-5 pm.
Please note: Applicants must be available every day of the program.
Applicants must be students in either college or graduate school. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements. International students may apply but must obtain the necessary visas in order to receive the stipend.
To apply, the following must be submitted:
- A cover letter indicating which position/department you are interested in working
- A resume
- 5-10 page writing sample of a research paper*
- 2 letters of recommendation
*It is important to read the individual job descriptions as some departments require other materials in lieu of the research paper.
Please note: Applications that are not complete and submitted by the appropriate deadline will not be accepted. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for an interview in the following weeks after the application deadline.
The application process for summer 2014 internships will open on March 3rd.
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The application process will close April 11, 2014.
Internships are offered in a variety of departments:
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, 18th and 19th 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 18th century to the present; printed views of New York City, 19th and 20th 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.
Luce Center Collections Review Intern- The New-York Historical Society is embarking upon a review of the decorative arts collections as part of a larger plan to renovate the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, and reorganize the collections housed within it. This internship is designed to offer a unique insider’s view into the curatorial practices that maintain the museum’s collections. Under the supervision of the collections review team leader, the intern will participate directly in all aspects of the review process from cataloging to photography and have the opportunity to gain object handling experience working with the museum’s diverse collections.
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, and inventory permanent collection items, and be part of the daily operations of the museum collections department. We require excellent communication and computer skills and attention to detail.
Communications Intern- This internship is structured to provide the intern with valuable, real-world experience in marketing and communications at a cultural organization. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that support the planning, development, and implementation of various marketing and public relations campaigns. Projects and assignments focus primarily on marketing outreach and promotion of the museum’s many exhibitions, family events, and programs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to updating content for e-newsletters, assembling mailings to those who’ve expressed interest in receiving further information about the museum, tracking and archiving media mentions, and contributing to other communications projects as assigned, which will further the intern’s learning, knowledge, and experience. Intern must have a commitment to and enthusiasm for the New-York Historical Society’s mission, proficiency using computers and MS Office Suite, good research and writing skills, strong communication and time management skills, and the ability to think creatively and come up with resourceful ideas and solutions. Intern should be organized, detail-oriented, and a self-starter with the ability to multitask. Experience with social media tools, photography & video production is a plus.
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; help with the implementation of the traveling exhibition, Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman; and conduct research related to the reinstallation of the Tiffany lamp collection. The internship will provide an opportunity for hands-on experience and work alongside the curatorial staff. Candidates should have demonstrated interest in the decorative arts, research experience, and excellent written communication skills.
Nadelman, Audubon, and Drawings Intern- The intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies program, preferably at the graduate level with one year completed. The internship will focus most intensely on label writing for the exhibition Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman and the editing of its catalogue. This experience will expose the intern to all aspects of working in a museum, from acquisitions and cataloguing to working with objects and researching all aspects of decorative and fine arts objects. It will also entail initial work on another exhibition dealing with the watercolors of John James Audubon (Audubon's Aviary: Part III of The Complete Flock) and various other ad hoc research topics. Computer as well as research skills are required. 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 an interest in history preferred.
Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections Intern –Intern is needed for the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections to assist in development of me general departmental tasks may be required as well. Graduate student in art history preferred.
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; help with the implementation of the traveling exhibition, "Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman"; and conduct research related to the reinstallation of the Tiffany lamp collection. The internship will provide an opportunity for hands-on experience and work alongside the curatorial staff. Candidates should have demonstrated interest in the decorative arts, research experience, and excellent written communication skills.
Development Intern- The Development department of the New-York Historical Society seeks an intern for general development assistance during the Summer 2014 season. This hands-on position in a small, fast-paced development office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, individual, 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.
DiMenna Children’s History Museum Family Programs Intern- This summer intern will help research, evaluate, create, and administer family programs related to storytelling and special exhibitions (Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans and Chinese American: Inclusion/Exclusion). The DiMenna Children's History Museum is a museum-within-a-museum that explores 250 years of New York and American history through hands-on and engaging exhibitions and family programs for children ages six to twelve and their adults. The summer intern will provide administrative and logistical support to DCHM educators; will administer evaluation and observations of family visitors; will research and develop programs for two special exhibitions; will create storytelling programming; and will be a public presence in family programs and on the floor of DCHM and the Madeline in New York exhibition.
High School 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 2014 Student Historian HS Internship Program at N-YHS. 25 High School students (grades 10-12) from the tri-state area are accepted into the Student Historian program which runs for 6 weeks (meeting 3 full days a week.) The program seeks to provide students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. The High School Programs Intern will help plan and prepare for each day of the internship program, and also work directly with the group of interns supporting their personal and professional development. The Education: High School Programs intern 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 23rd - August 15th, 2014, as well as for the N-YHS College Intern orientation on June 9th, 2014.
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 admin support on an as-needed basis. Background in US history and visual arts is required, and additional background in education is a plus. Museum education experience is also a plus. Candidate must have excellent research, communication, and organizational skills.
School Programs Intern- Intern will assist in writing and preparing programs for students and teachers as well as attend teacher workshops and school programs. The intern will learn how to research and write an effective history lesson for students and teachers, work with museum and library staff to conduct research, and experience differentiated teaching styles in a non-traditional environment. Applicants must demonstrate experience with historical research and citation formatting; strong communication skills; ability to work with the Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel; and good organizational skills. Experience working with children is a plus.
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 3rd year of a Graphic design program and should be comfortable using Adobe design suits (especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) and typography. Applicants must submit 5-6 samples of design work in pdf format by email. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a full set of design portfolio.
Human Resources Intern- The Human Resources Intern will directly assist the Human Resources 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.
Library Conservation Intern- An Internship in the Library Conservation Department at The New-York Historical Society is designed to provide an opportunity for practical hands-on training in book and paper conservation at an intermediate level. This internship is for individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and who have 1-2 years of practical experience working in book and paper conservation, or for students currently enrolled in or graduates of a formal conservation education program. Activities include conducting condition surveys, completing condition reports, monitoring environmental conditions, constructing protective enclosures, stabilizing and mending flat paper and bound structures, examining new acquisitions, and preparing and installing exhibitions.
Digital Projects Intern- The New-York Historical Society’s 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 meeting 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; learn to assign file names according to the library’s file naming conventions; learn to perform quality control of images; learn to create derivative images using Adobe Photoshop; learn about the library’s digital assets management system, currently CONTENTdm, soon to be migrated to Islandora; learn to work closely with cataloging and metadata staff to ensure consistency in file naming and metadata standards; and learn to compile accurate logs and statistics of items scanned. Preferred qualifications for Digital Projects Intern are interest in a career in library and information science; coursework in the humanities; some library experience; experience handling rare and fragile materials; experience with scanning on flatbed and overhead scanners; experience with Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop; good attention to detail; and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Scholarly Programs Intern- Under the supervision of the N-YHS Historian, intern will be engaged in research associated with projects currently in planning stages, including establishing the important historical framework guiding the renovation of the N-YHS’s fourth floor Luce Center. Depending upon the dates of the intern’s tenure, work also will include assistance on the Fall 2014 exhibition on NYC in 101 Objects. Research will include work in primary sources available in the N-YHS’s library collections (eg., manuscript and print documents) as well as secondary sources. Candidates should be motivated scholars with excellent research and writing skills, with a particular interest in US history. There will be opportunities to participate in writing and hands-on exhibition work.
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