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The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time summer internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators, 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 $9.00/hour or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. Participants are required to work 35 hours a week. Each week, interns will participate in a lunchtime meeting featuring lectures from various N-YHS employees, and attend an outing to other cultural institutions in the NYC area. The Summer Internship Program runs for eight weeks beginning June 6, 2016 through August 5, 2016.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Summer 2016:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 5:00pm
  • Internship dates: June 6-August 5, 2016; Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

Please note: Interns must be available every day of the program.

Requirements:
Applicants must be students or recent graduates of either college or graduate school.  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.

The application process will close Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Geneva Smith
internships@nyhistory.org
212-873-3400 ext. 505

Summer 2016 Internships are offered in the following departments:

Curatorial:

Center for the Study of Women's History Intern- The intern will assist with research and content development for use in the inaugural installations and programs for the Center for the Study of Women's History, opening in 2017. Intern will be immersed in diverse aspects of the day-to-day operations of creating the Center and will work closely with its team of doctoral-level scholars and fellows. Intern must be enrolled in a History, American Studies, or Women's Studies Program and have an interest in public history and women's studies. Excellent communication and attention to detail are required. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

American Paintings and Sculpture Intern- Intern will work with the Associate Curator of American Art on permanent collection and exhibition-related projects connected to the New-York Historical Society’s holdings of American painting and sculpture. This internship is conceived as an apprenticeship with strong academic underpinnings.  The intern will gain direct exposure to the activities of a major curatorial department. He or she will have the opportunity to deal with collections and bibliographic materials, to perform institutional and archival research, to work on electronic data entry, and to contribute to the planning of exhibitions.  The internship experience will provide training in issues of connoisseurship and offer direct engagement with objects. The candidate must be enrolled in an Art History or Museum Studies program, preferably at the graduate level. The intern needs to demonstrate background in the field of American art, and possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills, as well as computer proficiency. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Material Culture Intern- Working with the Associate Curator of Material Culture, the curatorial intern will concentrate on the study of a collection of 300 engraved Zippo lighters used by U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam War. Intern will conduct primary research into the slogans, units, and individual soldiers associated with the lighters with the goal of contextualizing the collections within the larger historical scope of the war.  The intern will assist with the updating of The Museum System (TMS) records. The intern would also create a comprehensive database of the collection and draft and exhibition checklist. The intern will learn art object handling skills and be part of the daily operations of the museum curatorial department. Enrollment in a Graduate level Art History, History, Museum Studies, Decorative Arts, and or Material Culture Program preferred. Familiarities with the U.S. experience in Vietnam and Cold War era pop culture also a plus. We require excellent communication, computer skills, and attention to detail. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Collections Internship - The intern will assist with maintenance of the collections management system—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. Intern will be part of the daily operations of the museum collections department and will gain valuable collections management work experience. The internship requires excellent communication, computer, and organizational skills and attention to detail. Intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

History Exhibits Intern- The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department with research and information management for a 2017 exhibit on the Vietnam War, and a 2018 exhibit on the cultural and environmental history of the Hudson River. 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 Exhibits. This is an opportunity to learn about many of the steps involved in organizing and curating a history exhibit. The intern’s work will include but is not limited to: library and online content research and the preparation of background research reports; transcription of interviews; and data entry in the project database of exhibition items. Preference will be given to candidates who are history majors, particularly with knowledge of the topics related to the exhibition. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Luce Curatorial Research Intern- The curatorial research intern will assist the New-York Historical Society’s curators in the upcoming renovation of the institution’s Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. The intern will participate in ongoing artifact cataloguing and research related to the Luce Center’s thematic cases. Among many projects, the intern will assist with the cataloguing of new acquisitions and enhancement of existing database records, and will conduct social history research related to objects, documents, and media earmarked for display in the upcoming installation. Research will be conducted both in the Society’s library and at libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Interns should have a humanities B.A. or B.S. and be enrolled in an art history, material culture, or American history M.A. or Ph.D. program; possess excellent writing and editing skills; and be well-versed in using eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century primary sources and databases. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Development:

Development Intern- The development department of the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) seeks a part-time 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. Responsibilities vary, but include assisting with general office needs, data entry, organizing and maintaining departmental hard files, drafting donor acknowledgments, proofreading various forms of office correspondence, assisting with major mailings and membership acquisitions, and helping prepare and staff events. 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 pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Education:

Family Programs Intern- The DCHM summer family programs intern will work in the special exhibition The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, both on the floor with families, and in programming. The intern will lead story times and sketching tours, and will assist with large family days. The intern will also assist with the weeklong summer camp on Alexander Hamilton, including prep, research, and assisting the students during the camp. The intern will gain experience working independently with the public, with families, and with very young children. Interest and experience in early childhood, literacy, history, and art making is preferred. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Professional Development Intern– Intern will work within the Education department to support the planning and research of summer teacher professional development workshops. This intern will work closely with the members of the N-YHS professional development (“PD”) team and learn how to research, write, and deliver museum education programs for K-12 school teachers. The intern's primary duty will be to research select American History topics in collaboration with Education and library staff. The intern will have the opportunity to work with original primary sources in the N-YHS library. Additional responsibilities may include gathering and organizing materials for summer PD and supporting the creation of the fall calendar of workshops. In addition, the intern may have the opportunity to observe education programs, support instructors in the classroom, participate in PD team meetings, and interact with NYC teachers. Applicants must have a background in the humanities, ideally History; exceptional research and writing experience, particularly in archives and special collections; and an interest in museum education and/or public history. Preferred qualifications include strong organizational, task management, and communication skills; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel; and knowledge of American History. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

High School Programs Intern- Intern will work directly with the Manager of Teen Programs to help develop and facilitate the Summer 2016 Student Historian HS Internship Program at N-YHS. 25-30 High School students (grades 10-12) from the tri-state area are accepted into the Student Historian program which runs for 6 weeks (meeting Tuesday-Thursday, 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. 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 intern will also have administrative duties to support Teen Programs at N-YHS. The internship will provide 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. 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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
Please note: This internship has a unique schedule. Intern must be available from June 21st - August 18th, 2016, as well as for the N-YHS College Intern orientation on June 6th, 2016.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Human Resources:

Human Resources Intern- The Human Resources Intern will directly assist the Human Resources Department 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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Library:

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 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. 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. Archival internships are only available to students currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of, an MLIS program or other masters archives program. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Institutional Archives Intern- The Archives Intern will work under the supervision of a Project Archivist to process a record group or other significant portion of New-York Historical Society’s institutional archive. The internship emphasizes archival descriptions, including writing administrative history, scope, arrangement, and other notes for the records; identifying significant content in the archival material; documenting the records in the collection management system, Archivists’ Toolkit (AT); generating a DACS-compliant finding aid using AT; and establishing name and subject access terms with controlled vocabularies. The internship will also involve some physical processing, including arrangement of the records and basic conservation practices. The intern will be applying, in a real-life setting, the core concepts of the archival discipline taught in graduate level archival courses. The intern will produce a final product, a "finding aid," that will be both the culmination of their academic and internship learnings and a concrete sample of work done that can be used as they seek jobs in the workplace. The position is ideal for someone currently in their archival studies or for a new graduate looking for a valuable experience as they enter the profession. To be eligible for the internship, the candidate must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an MLIS or equivalent program with a concentration in archives; and must have completed at least an introductory archival course. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Library Technical Services Intern- The New-York Historical Society’s library is seeking an intern to assist in various aspects of library technical services, including cataloging and metadata, archival processing, and digitization. The internship will provide a broad range of library technical services 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 Technical Services Department including: the collections of archives and manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials; cataloging manuscripts, printed materials, and/or photographs; digitization of photographs and manuscripts; the library’s digital assets management system, currently  CONTENTdm, soon to be migrated to Islandora; compiling accurate logs and statistics of items cataloged, processed, or scanned. Then intern will also participate in meetings with supervisor and staff to further the goals of the Technical Services Department as well as learn about archival principles and the rehousing of rare materials by assisting in the organization and rehousing of collections, as needed. Preferred qualifications include: Interest in a career in library and information science or archives, coursework in the humanities, interest in American history, ability to do research in a variety of print or online resources, some library or archives experience, experience handling rare and fragile materials, good attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Library Cataloguing Intern- The New-York Historical Society’s library is seeking an intern to assist with various cataloging projects in its Technical Services Department. The focus of the internship will be to assist the Head of Cataloging and Metadata in cataloging special collections materials held at the library. The internship will provide experience in cataloging of materials in various formats such as books, manuscripts, and cartographic materials. Additionally, the intern will gain experience with an integrated library system, the MARC format, and special collections cataloging rules like DCRM(B) and DACS. The intern will learn about the library’s manuscript and printed collections, the MARC format, how to catalog using an integrated library system (we use Ex-Libris Aleph), cataloging special collections materials according to cataloging rules like DCRM(B) and DACS, and assigning subject heading to MARC records based on LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings). Preferred qualifications: Coursework in cataloging and metadata, coursework in the humanities, interest in American history, ability to do research in a variety of print or online resources, library or archives experience, experience handling rare and fragile materials, good attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills. Previous experience handling rare and fragile materials, especially in a library or archive, is preferred. This internship would be ideal for a student currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science program, or for a recent MLS graduate. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Photography Metadata Intern-The New-York Historical Society’s Library is seeking an intern to assist in a cataloging project in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. The project will consist of completing a database of metadata for photographs documenting the construction of the New York City subway system, 1900-1940, in anticipation of a future digitization project. The internship will provide experience describing and working with historical photographs and will be relevant for anyone interested in the history of photography and/or a career in archives and library and information science. If the intern finishes the project ahead of time, he/she may work on other archival and cataloging projects in the Department. The intern will learn about the New-York Historical Society’s Library, New York City built environment, and collections in the Library’s Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections.  Interns will get hands on experience cataloging historical photographs, using general archival principles and handling and rehousing historical photographs. They will also learn about planning large-scale digitization projects, the Library’s plans for digitizing its collections and making them accessible to a broad audience, and the process of research in a closed-stack, special collections library. Preferred qualifications include: Interest in a career in library and information science or archives, historical photographs, digitization, and New York City history. Ability to do research in print or online resources, some library or archives experience, experience with cataloging and creating metadata, handling rare and fragile materials, especially photographs, and good attention to detail along with excellent oral and written communication skills. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Exhibitions:

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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Communications:

Communications Intern- The intern will assist with New-York Historical Society’s digital communications—conducting collections research to write content for N-YHS’ digital platforms. The intern will also work with the Communications Manger to archive press coverage of past events and exhibitions. Through this internship, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to New-York Historical’s growing social media platforms, learn how to properly catalogue and organize press materials, and be a part of the communications department’s daily operations. Intern must be enrolled in an art history, history, museum studies, and/or studio program with an interest in communications, social media, and archiving. Must be a detail-oriented upperclassman with excellent organization, computer, and communication (both written and verbal) skills. Must be an avid social media user. Applicants must submit two to three writing samples in their applications. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

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