College and Graduate Internships

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 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 either be paid a stipend of $1500 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 140 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Fall 2017:

  • The deadline for the Visitor Services Internship is Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm
  • 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.

Visitor Services Interns
Working directly with the Director of Visitor Services, interns will assist in conducting a visitor data study to provide the museum with a better understanding of our growing audience’s demographics, behavior, and the exhibition elements to which they respond most strongly. Interns will be trained in and then utilize best practices for visitor observation and assessment including short survey, timing and tracking, and individual observation. Interns will also participate in data interpretation and provide feedback on fine-tuning and guiding the data collection process. The Visitor Services Internship is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand about how people experience museums; how museums can use that information to better serve, educate, and inform their visitors; and to help shape the New-York Historical Society’s evolving Visitor Experience practices. Candidates should be enrolled in an Art History, History, and/or Museum Studies program with an interest in Visitor Experience. Interest and/or knowledge of statistics and data analysis is a plus. Candidates should also be enthusiastic about customer service and comfortable interacting with strangers in a “front line” environment.
This internship can be completed for credit.
To register and 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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