High School Internships

“The summer I spent interning at the N-YHS through the Student Historian program proved to be, quite frankly, the most valuable experience of my entire high school academic career. The internship reaffirmed my passion for conducting extensive, in-depth, historical research and producing content, whether it be written, visual, or oral, based off of my findings while I furthered my interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills." – Rachel Kim, 2016 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:

Academic Year 2017-18 Program:

  • Application available: August 2017
  • Deadline: September 2017
  • Program dates: November 2017 to June 2018, Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, plus occasional Friday hours.

Summer 2018 Program:

  • Applications will open in August 2017
  • Deadline: September 2017
  • Program dates: July August 2018, TuesdayThursday, 10 am3 pm

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

Participation in the Student Historian program 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.
  • Collecting and editing oral histories in support of an upcoming exhibition on the Vietnam War.
  • Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society, including the Student Historian blog.
  • Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society.
  • 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.

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

  • You must be entering grades 10, 11, or 12 or freshman year of college in Fall 2017.
  • 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 http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/wp....
  • 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. 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 http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.

If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at hs.internships@nyhistory.org.

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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