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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, 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. The fall internship program begins in September (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 150 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Fall 2016:

  • Application Deadline: Monday, July 11th, 2016
  • Internship dates: To be determined with supervisor

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.

The application process will close Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:00pm.

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

Internships are offered in a variety of departments including:


Collections Intern- Intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. 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. The internship requires excellent communication, computer, and organizational skills and attention to detail. The intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, organize, and inventory permanent collection items. The intern will be part of the daily operations of the museum collections department and will gain valuable collections management work experience. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

Women’s History Intern- Fall 2016 interns will assist with the ongoing preparations for New-York HIstorical's groundbreaking Center for the Study of Women's History, slated to open in the museum's renovated fourth floor space in March 2017. Intern must be enrolled in a History program, ideally with a focus on women's and/or gender studies. The intern will assist the Center's director and fellows with a wide range of tasks, primarily research and exhibition development, as well as organizing public events--both regular salon-style talks, and the Diane and Adam E. Max Conference in Women's History, held annually in March. Applicants should be flexible, curious, detail-oriented and able to work independently. We require excellent communication and computer skills, and welcome applicants with a keen interest in the richness and diversity of women's history. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.

American Paintings and Sculpture Intern: Intern needed to work with the Associate Curator of American Art on permanent collection and exhibition 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 and execution of exhibitions.  The 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 a strong 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.

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 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.


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. A fall semester archival internship is available for students working toward a degree in Library Science or enrolled in another archives program. 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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE.






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