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 $8.75/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.
Applicants must be students enrolled in 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
- A 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 research paper.
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.
To register and apply, please CLICK HERE for our online booking site Ed-Net.
You will need to create a user account, or use your existing account, to submit your application materials. You will receive an email notification when successfully registered that will include a hyperlink where recommendation letters should be uploaded.
The application process for Fall internships is now closed. Please check back later for information on the Spring internship application process.
212-873-3400 ext. 505
Here are our Fall internship descriptions listed by department:
Communications Intern- This internship is structured to provide the intern with valuable experience in marketing and communications at a cultural organization. The position offers the opportunity to work with the communications department and participate in activities that support marketing through digital and print outreach and promotions, along with some public relations support. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: organizing digital media, contributing to website updates and imagery, helping with print collateral production, brainstorming new distribution channels, and supporting press administration. Intern must have a commitment to and enthusiasm for the New-York Historical Society’s mission, strong communication, experience with Adobe programs such as Photoshop, and general interest in marketing, digital media, and design. Intern should be organized, creative, detail-oriented, and a self-starter with the ability to multitask. Experience with photography and video production is a plus. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
American Paintings and Sculpture Intern- Intern needed to work with the assistant 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 or practicum, albeit with strong academic underpinnings. The intern will gain 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 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, possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills, as well as computer proficiency. This internship can be completed for credit only.
Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections Intern- Intern must be enrolled in an art history or history program. The job will entail working on exhibitions focusing on photography in New York from 1840 to the present. The intern will be responsible for assisting the curator in choosing photographs from the collections, basic research on photographers, development of bibliographies, locating the resource materials, and gathering information on images. The internship may also entail some general work on exhibition development. Must have organizational and research skills. Intern will learn how to look at photographs, how to assemble original source data, as well as how one mounts an exhibition. This internship can be completed for credit only.
Development Intern- The development department of the New-York Historical Society 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. The intern must be a punctual self-starter with the ability to work well independently; have good phone-etiquette, communication skills, excellent writing and proofreading skills and strong attention to detail. Database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferable, though not required. Intern will assist with general office needs and data entry, organize and maintain departmental hard files, draft donor acknowledgments, proofread various forms of office correspondence, assist with major mailings, membership acquisitions and event preparation and staffing, and special projects as assigned. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
Family Programs Intern- Please note that this internship has a set schedule: October 19, 2015 – January 29, 2016. The Family Programs intern must be earning a degree in art history, history, museum education or a related field, with an interest in working with families in a museum. 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, including our annual Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Family Benefit Party programs. By the end of the internship, the intern will gain 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 the Reading into History Family Book Club and the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. We require excellent communication skills and attention to detail. This internship can be completed for credit only.
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.
Archives Interns (2)- The New-York Historical Society seeks an intern for the Fall 2015 semester to gain hands-on processing experience and academic credit working with the organization’s institutional archive. New-York Historical currently holds approximately 1,600 linear feet of institutional archives, recording N-YHS's history from its founding in 1804 to the present. These records document institution-wide activities such as collecting, exhibitions, public programs, and research that have formed the backbone of N-YHS’s work throughout its history. Arranging and describing these records is currently the subject of a two-year grant-funded project. The Archival Intern will work under the supervision of the project archivist to process completely a record group or other significant portion of the archive. The internship emphasizes archival description for paper, textual documents. Description will involve 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 complete 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 internship candidate must be currently enrolled in an MLIS or equivalent program with a focus on archives/special collections, must have completed an introductory archival course and must be available to work on Mondays and/or Thursdays between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. This internship can be completed for credit only.
Library Cataloguing Intern- The New-York Historical Society’s Library is seeking an intern to assist with various cataloging and processing projects in its Technical Services Department. The focus of the internship will be to assist in a multi-year project to work on its American Historical Manuscript Collection. There will also be other projects involving inventorying and cataloging various collections, and assisting the head of cataloging and metadata in creating MARC records and EAD finding aids for these collections. The internship will provide experience with a major manuscript cataloging and processing project, and library technical services in general, and will be relevant to anyone interested in a career in library and information science or archives. The interns will learn about the Library’s manuscript and printed collections and the workflow for a major grant-funded cataloging project; prioritize and catalogue library materials in various formats; participate in meetings with supervisor and project staff to further the goals of the project; work closely with the head of cataloging and metadata, project catalogers and processing assistant, and with other Library staff to help meet the department’s goals; assist with the retrieval of cards for individual collections from the manuscript card catalog; gather information from the Manuscript Department’s control files and other sources in order to help the catalogers create records in the Library’s online catalog; and learn about various aspects of cataloging of materials in various formats and archival principles and the rehousing of rare materials by assisting in the organization and rehousing of collections, as needed. The intern should have an interest in a career in library and information science or archives, coursework in the humanities, an interest in American history, the 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 credit only.
Library 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 meetings 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. The intern must have an interest in a career in library and information science or archives, coursework in the humanities, some library or archives 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. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.
Museum Store Social Media and Marketing Intern- The Museum Store Marketing Intern will assist in creating and implementing museum store e-newsletters aimed at increasing sales of New-York Historical Society Museum Store merchandise, expanding outreach, and improving communication with our target audiences; grow our Museum store’s social media presence (via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.); write and edit product descriptions, source product images. Write meta tag descriptions; photograph merchandise for online store; assist as needed with inventory record keeping and duties related to retail store activity, and undertake projects of moderate complexity for merchandise department and perform broad range of administrative duties. The Museum Store Social Media and Marketing Intern must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be creative with an eye for design, have knowledge of digital media software (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign is preferred)and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, blogs, etc.); have energy with a desire to come up with fresh ideas on how to grow our online presence, ability to identify a target market and “speak” to that consumer through social media, experience proofreading and editing, ability to deal with uncertainty, ability to contribute individually, and participate in cross-functional teams. To apply for the Museum Store Marketing and Social Media internship, please submit sample works/campaigns (2-4 pages) in a PDF or website link in lieu of the writing sample. This internship can be completed for credit only.