The New-York Historical Society is offering part-time spring 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 may be awarded a stipend or receive course credit depending on school requirements.

Upcoming Dates to Know:
Spring 2015:

  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 21st, 2014
  • Internship dates: To be determined with supervisor

Requirements:
 Applicants must be students enrolled in either college or graduate school. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements. International students may apply but must obtain the necessary visas in order to receive the stipend.

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • A cover letter indicating for which position/department you are interested in applying
  • A resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample of a research paper*
  • 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 will not be accepted. Recommendation letters must be submitted by this deadline as well. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for an interview in the following weeks after the application deadline.

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.


Application Information:

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. After you have submitted all of your personal application materials (resume, cover letter, and writing sample), you will receive an email that will include a hyperlink where recommendation letters should be uploaded.

The application process will close Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 5pm.


Internships are offered in a variety of departments including:

Collections 
Intern
Must be enrolled in an Art History, History, Museum Studies, and/or Studio program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. The intern will assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS) - uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. Intern would also help with the management of physical and digital files, and the preparation of special reports, checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, organize, and inventory permanent collection items, and be part of the daily operations of the museum collections department. We require excellent communication and computer skills and attention to detail. 
This internship is unpaid and can be completed for credit.


Communications
This internship is structured to provide the intern with valuable, real-world experience in marketing and communications at a cultural organization. This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that support the planning, development, and implementation of various marketing and public relations campaigns. Projects and assignments focus primarily on marketing outreach and promotion of the museum’s many exhibitions, family events and programs. If the candidate possesses appropriate technical and creative skills, s/he may plan and produce a multimedia video project to support the museum's online marketing.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to planning content for social media related to exhibitions and programs, assembling mailings to members of the public and media, tracking and archiving media mentions, researching cultural and event partners for cross-promotions, potentially creating a short series of online promotional videos, and contributing to other projects as assigned, which will further the intern’s learning, knowledge, and experience in nonprofit communications and marketing.  

Qualifications include commitment to and enthusiasm for the New-York Historical Society’s mission, proficiency using computers and MS Office Suite, good research and writing skills, strong communication and time management skills, and an organized, detail-oriented, self-starter with the ability to multitask ability to think creatively and come up with resourceful ideas and solutions. Experience with social media tools, photography & video production a plus.


Exhibition Design
The intern will assist exhibit designers with upcoming exhibitions and other small design projects. Primary duties will include organizing data, sketching, technical drawings, and making scale models for upcoming temporary exhibitions. The intern should be well versed in Vectorworks (or CAD equivalent) as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator on a Mac.  Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a design portfolio.
This internship can be completed for a stipend or credit.


Family Programs
Prospective interns 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 here at the museum and off-site, including school vacation weeks and camp offerings. By the end of the experience, the intern will have gained experience with all aspects of developing and leading out-of-school-time programs for families. The intern will also work on a semester long project related to the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. We require excellent communication and computer skills, attention to detail, and experience working with children between the ages of 3 and 14.


Graphic Design
The intern in the graphic design office assists 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 by email.  Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a full set of design portfolio.  
This internship can be completed for a stipend or credit.


Human Resources
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.


Library:

Archives
An archival internship is available for graduate students working toward a degree in Library Science or Archives/Public History.  Interns will arrange and describe archival collections, re-house materials into acid-free folders and boxes, and create finding aids for manuscript and/or visual materials collections. Interns will have the opportunity to work with Archivist Toolkit to produce electronic finding aids. Interns may also be asked to conduct archival research for special projects and exhibits.
This internship is unpaid and can be completed for credit.


Digital Projects
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.

Preferred qualifications include an interest 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 is unpaid and can be completed for credit.


Manuscript Project
The New-York Historical Society’s library is seeking an intern to assist in a multi-year project to work on its American Historical Manuscript Collection Project. The internship will provide experience with a major manuscript cataloging and processing project, and will be relevant to anyone interested in a career in library and information science or archives.

The intern will learn about the library’s manuscript collections, learn about the workflow for a major grant-funded cataloging project, participate in meetings with supervisor and project staff to further the goals of the project, work closely with the project’s catalogers and processing assistant and with other library staff to help meet the project’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, learn about various aspects of cataloging of manuscript materials, and learn about archival principles and the rehousing of rare materials by assisting in the organization and rehousing of collections, as needed.

Preferred qualifications include interest in a career in library and information science or archives, coursework in the humanities, interest in American history, ability to do research in a variety of print or online resources, some library of archives experience, experience handling rare and fragile materials, good attention to detail, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
This internship is unpaid and can be completed for credit.


Contact
If you have any questions about college internships, please e-mail us at internships@nyhistory.org.

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