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High School Internships

“I met a lot of new and interesting people. I successfully completed a research project and comfortably presented in front of an audience. I have gotten to know and love this museum setting.” – Tyler Lee, 2012 Student Historian

Interested in a unique, hands-on experience at New York’s oldest museum? The New-York Historical Society offers two sessions of the Student Historian Internship Program each year (Academic Year and Summer).

The Student Historian High School Internship Program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian Program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Application Timeline for the Academic Year 2016-17 Program:

  • Application available: August 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2016 at 9:00am (this includes both the Student’s Application and Teacher Recommendation Form)
  • All completed applications will be reviewed by October 14, 2016
  • Select applicants will be invited by October 14, 2016 to participate in interviews held after school between October 18-21, 2016
  • Final selections will be made by October 28, 2016

Program Dates for the Academic Year 2016-17 Program:

The program runs from November 16, 2016 to June 7, 2017. Student Historians meet every Wednesday during those months from 4:00-6:30pm as well as Fridays May 19, 2017 and Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm. Interns must commit to attending every session.

Participation Includes:

  • Researching art, artifacts, and documents from New-York Historical's collections to create resources for museum visitors and the New-York Historical Society website, with a particular focus on New York State U.S. History & Government Regents Exam review materials during the academic year.
  • Training to research, develop, and lead inquiry-based tours of the museum collection to offer to visiting groups.
  • Training to work with diverse audiences as facilitators in the museum galleries and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
  • Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society as needed.
  • Meeting with experts from the museum and library departments to discuss both the museum’s collections and career options.
  • Visiting other museums and cultural institutions throughout New York City.
  • Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society, including the Student Historian blog.

The New-York Historical Society Student Historian Program is open to students who meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • You are currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in the tri-state area.
  • You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program.
  • You have (or can obtain by the start of the program) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit
  • Paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Please be sure to specify on your application if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at your school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.
  • Students offered paid internships must have all documents necessary to be employed in the United States for the duration of the internship (accepted applicants are responsible for the cost of procuring any documentation related to seeking employment in the United States before their first day). For more information on required documents for employment, please visit

Application Information:
Note: The deadline for the Academic Year 2016-17 Academic Year session is Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:00am.

To apply, the following must be submitted:

Deadline for all application materials: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:00am.

Applications that are not complete and submitted by Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:00am will not be accepted. If you do not have a computer at home, please plan ahead to use one at school or at your local public library.

If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at

The Student Historian High School Internship Program is supported by a generous grant from The Pinkerton Foundation and through an endowment established by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

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