College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society offers internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators and educators, 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 be paid a stipend of $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The fall internship program will run virtually October 28th through December 18th (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 120 hours throughout the duration of the program.

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

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Monday, September 14: Applications open on Interfolio
Friday, October 9: Applications close on Interfolio
Wednesday, October 28: Orientation

Available Internships:

Collections Internship 
The Collections intern will help with the management of new collections acquisitions as well as incoming loans for exhibitions, including preparation of checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Through their work with the department, the collections intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, and organize collections items. Additionally, the Collections intern will assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS)—uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. Our intern will gain invaluable work experience as part of the daily operations of the Museum's collections department.

Intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, Museum Studies, and/or Studio Program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. This position requires excellent organizational and computer skills and attention to detail.  

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Curatorial Internship- American Art
The Curatorial intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, or Museum Studies graduate program and possess superior research and writing skills. The intern will assist with research and bibliographies for a collections catalogue on scenes of New York (primarily 20th-century paintings). Other projects might include permanent collections research, research for and correspondence about potential acquisitions, and review of permanent collections displays.

During this internship, the intern will gain insight into the production and publication of a museum catalogue and the diverse responsibilities of a curator. 

This position requires a computer and internet access. Access to a major research library preferred. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Curatorial Internship- Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
This internship offers an opportunity to experience different phases of exhibition development, including both research for scholarly catalogue essays as well as assisting in publication preparation, design preparation, and securing loans for an exhibition. The ideal candidate also should be detail oriented as is necessary for taking an exhibition past the research stage and into the book and exhibition design stage. This might entail working on checklists or organizing front or back matter for a publication, and there might be research required for writing labels. Some work on securing loans also may be necessary. Additionally, the candidate must be able to use online resources both, primary and secondary, for researching essays on American art as well as have knowledge of, or be able to research, nineteenth- and twentieth-century New York City history.

In short, this internship offers an art history graduate student the opportunity to work on various stages of catalogue essay and exhibition development, working towards the final stages of a major show. Applicants must have at least an MA in art history, preferably working towards a PhD in art history. Candidates who have research and publication experience are welcomed.  

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Graphic Design Internship 
The intern in the graphic design office will assist 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.  Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a full set of design portfolio.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Teacher Programs Internship
This internship takes place within the Education Department and specifically supports the roll-out of remote programming and digital curriculum materials designed for K-12 educators. The primary responsibilities of this intern will include conducting research and completing administrative tasks in support of our Fall/Winter programming and our women’s history curriculum, Women & the American Story . Tasks may include researching possible guest scholars for an upcoming series; developing discussion questions for a women’s history institute; supporting outreach efforts for growing our programs nationally; and reviewing online content related to a new curriculum upload; and more. This person will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops and interact with teachers, as well as observe other programs throughout the Education Department (including student, teen, and adult learning programs). This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in the museum, education, or public history fields. Ideal candidates will have a clearly stated interest in women’s and/or American history; exceptional writing skills; strong organization and task management skills; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel; and a commitment to working independently in a remote environment. 

This intern will have the opportunity to observe N-YHS teacher programs in action and interact with members of the PD team. They will also hone their research and digital humanities skills through meaningful projects that contribute directly to the work of our team. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and research skills. Beyond that, this position does not require any advanced specialization. The intern will need to have a computer/laptop with audio and video capabilities to complete this internship. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Teen Programs Internship
The Teen Programs intern will work with the teen programs team on all out-of-school time digital humanities Teen Programs at N-YHS. Responsibilities may include providing administrative support for the Student Historian Internship or supporting the Tech Scholars program and Teen Leaders Internship. The Teen Programs intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop and lead digital humanities programs for teens in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice, and historical research and technology skills. 

Preferred qualifications include strong organization and task management skills, experience working on digital humanities projects, experience with historical research, experience working with high school aged students and experience with technology including coding, web design, audio/video production, or video game development. Interns must have a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone to participate.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Internship Coordinator
212-873-3400 ext. 505
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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