The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time summer internships in both our museum and library divisions. College and graduate interns will 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 $3,000.00 stipend or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. Participants are required to work 35 hours a week. Each week, interns will participate in a lunchtime meeting featuring lectures from various New-York Historical Society employees, and attend an outing to other cultural institutions in the New York area. The Summer Internship Program runs for eight weeks, from June 5th to July 28th, unless otherwise stated in the internship description.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Summer 2017:

  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 3 pm
  • Internship dates: June 5-July 28, 2017; Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

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

Applicants must be students or recent graduates of either college or graduate school.  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 upon hiring.

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.

The application process will close Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
212-873-3400 ext. 293

The following are the internships we will be offering for Summer 2017:

Collections Intern
The intern will help with the management of new collections acquisitions as well as incoming loans for exhibitions, including preparation of checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, and organize collections items. Intern will also assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS)—uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. Intern will gain invaluable work experience as a 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 close attention to detail. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Center for Women's History Intern
The intern will assist with research and content development for use in the inaugural installation and programs of the Center for Women's History. Intern will be immersed in diverse aspects of the day-to-day tasks of operating the Center and will work closely with its team of doctoral-level scholars and fellows. This position will provide the intern with an opportunity to gain experience in historical and archival research, project development, participation in meetings, and encourages growth.

The intern must be enrolled in a history, American studies, or women's studies program and have an interest in public history and women's studies. Excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work well as part of a team are required. Interns must be at least in their second year of school in order to apply. Individuals who are selected will work both individually and with a team, so managing both styles of work as well as keeping track of multiple projects and deadlines is essential. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Development Assistance Intern
This hands-on position in a small, fast-paced fundraising office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, individual giving, and institutional giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to all aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit.

Responsibilities of the internship include assisting with general office needs, prospect research, drafting donor acknowledgments, proofreading various forms of office correspondence, assisting with major mailings and membership acquisitions, event preparation and staffing, organizing and maintaining departmental hard files, and special projects as assigned

The qualified candidate will be a punctual self-starter with the ability to work well independently, have good phone-etiquette and communication skills, excellent writing and proofreading skills, and strong attention to detail. Database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferred, but not required. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Museum Administration Intern
Within the Curatorial department and under the guidance of the Curatorial Associate, the Museum Administration Intern will perform research and provide support for curatorial and administrative work for the department and upcoming exhibitions. Some of the duties will include general office work as well as researching the permanent collection and updating object records in our museum database. The intern will also be given assignments related to exhibitions on an as-needed basis including research and organization for upcoming exhibitions and maintaining files and visual materials.

Intern must be enrolled in an art history, history, museum studies, and/or studio program with an interest in museum administration. We require excellent communication and computer skills and strong attention to detail. The intern will develop their knowledge of museum administration and exhibition realization in a professional, supportive environment. The intern must be proficient in Excel and Word, and ideally will have some TMS experience. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Curatorial Research Intern
The New-York Historical Society is seeking a qualified intern to assist with upcoming exhibition and collections research. Research will focus on topics such as the social, economic, and political impacts of prohibition on New York to object-based investigations related to the museum’s decorative arts and material culture collections. Research will be conducted in the New-York Historical Society’s library and at libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Intern will gain first-hand experience in the research phase of exhibit planning, proficiency in working with a variety of document types and sources, and will work closely with the museum collection. The intern will report to the Curator of Decorative Arts.

The intern should have a good general knowledge of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century primary sources and databases, and be familiar with the decorative arts and material culture from those periods. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Education: High School Programs Intern
Intern will work directly with the Manager of Teen Programs to help develop and facilitate the summer 2017 Student Historian HS Internship Program at the New-York Historical Society. 25-30 High School students (grades 10-12) from the tristate area are accepted into the Student Historian program, which runs for 6 weeks (meeting Tuesday-Thursday, 3 full days a week). The program seeks to provide students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. The intern will help plan and prepare for each day of the internship program, and also work directly with the group of interns supporting their personal and professional development. The intern will also have administrative duties to support Teen Programs at the New-York Historical Society. The Education Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop, oversee, and assess a youth development program in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice. 

Please note: This internship has a unique schedule. Intern must be available for orientation on June 5th, and from June 20th through to August 27th, although during that time they will not exceed the 280 working hours.

Intern must be enrolled in an art history, history, museum studies, education, and/or American studies program with an interest in museum education, particularly working with High School students in out-of-school time programming. Previous experience working with High School students preferred. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Archives Intern
The Archives Intern will work under the guidance of a staff archivist to process one or more manuscript collections held in the Library of the New-York Historical Society. The internship emphasizes archival description, including writing historical, scope, arrangement, and other notes for the collection; identifying significant content in the archival material; establishing name and subject access terms with controlled vocabularies; documenting the records in the collection management system; and generating a DACS-compliant, online finding aid using that system. The internship will also involve physical processing, including arrangement of the materials and basic conservation practices, such as rehousing. Ideally, the intern will produce a final product, a finding aid, that will be both a culmination of their academic and internship learnings and a concrete sample of work done that can be used as they seek jobs or continue their academic careers.

To be eligible for the internship, the candidate must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an MLIS or equivalent program with a concentration in archives; must have completed at least an introductory archival course; and have a general familiarity with and interest in U.S. history. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Digital Learning Programs Intern
The intern will assist with the research and development of new educational programming rooted in digital technologies for middle and high school students in an informal education setting. The intern will also assist with the daily operations of the Tech Commons at New-York Historical and assist the Manager of Digital Learning Programs with administrative work and other tasks.

The intern must be enrolled in a computer science related field and have an interest in the intersection of technology and education. Excellent communication and computer skills are required. The ideal candidate will have experience with coding, game design, 3D printing, and digital photography and have some experience creating educational activities designed to teach students the skills necessary to use various technology. Experience working with middle and high school aged students is preferred. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Family Programs Intern
The family programs intern will work with visiting families in three distinct programs: drop-in gallery exploration with our History Detective Briefcases, family story times in the special exhibition Eloise at the Museum, and Camp History. The intern’s role will include assisting and researching for Camp History, leading story times in the galleries, and being the public face of and overseeing the History Detective briefcase distribution in the galleries. The summer intern will also provide administrative and logistical support to DCHM educators and will administer evaluation and observations of family visitors. This internship is a great opportunity to see how families are served through museum exhibitions and programs, and to gain an understanding of how programs and lessons for younger audiences are constructed.

Please note: This internship has a unique schedule. Intern must be available for orientation on June 5th, and through to August 25th, although during that time they will not exceed the 280 working hours.

Qualified applicants will have experience working with families and children ages 4 to 10; be comfortable working with the public; and will have taken history, art, or museum courses. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections Intern
The New-York Historical Society’s Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections is seeking an intern to assist in various art historical tasks. The internship will consist of working on a database for digitally-born images as well as other duties associated with departmental collections and exhibitions. Examples include (but are not limited to) providing support for acquisitions, organizing exhibition checklists once they are developed, and conducting some preliminary tasks for future exhibitions. The internship will provide experience describing and working with digital images and historical works on paper as well as being involved with exhibition and collection development. All tasks will be relevant for anyone interested in a museum career in art history.

The intern will learn about the New-York Historical Society’s Library & Museum, learn about collections in the Library’s Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, learn about general operations of a department that handles documentary and fine art materials, learn about planning exhibitions, and learn about the process of research in a closed-stack, special collections library.

Candidates will preferably have an interest in an art history career, an interest in working with works on paper, especially photographs, experience handling works on paper, the ability to organize digital images, ability to do research in print or online resources, exceptional attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, and research experience. Art history majors and graduate level candidates are preferred. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Collections Database and Imaging Intern
The intern will provide support to the TMS Administrator and the Collections Management and Curatorial departments in the clean-up and maintenance of data and processing of digital images in the New-York Historical Society’s museum collections management system, The Museum System (TMS). The intern will clean up information related to objects, loans, exhibitions, and constituents using institutional data entry standards; compare TMS records with object files in order to accurately update the database; identify duplicate constituent and object records; and update and clean up collections images and media records. Intern will learn about standard museum registration practices, increase their proficiency with data entry and imaging, and experience how data management systems are integral to the daily operations of a busy collections management department.

Applicant must be currently enrolled in a museum studies, digital humanities, archaeology, art history, history or computer science program. Previous experience with data entry for digital asset management, inventory or collections management is preferred. Familiarity with museum collections databases required. Experience with Adobe Photoshop or other digital photography editing software preferred. Ability to work independently, and maintain strong attention to detail while doing repetitive data entry tasks is a must. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Education: Professional Development Intern
Intern will work within the Education department to learn about and support the professional development team, which oversees the delivery of museum education programs for K-12 school teachers. The intern will have the opportunity to explore this particular museum career and others, as well as gain professional experience. The intern's primary duty will be to provide administrative support for summer teacher workshops, including a 3-week NEH Women's History Institute. Specific tasks will include gathering and organizing materials for each day's programs, supporting instructors in the classroom, sitting in on planning meetings, and assisting with the input of program evaluation and attendance data. In addition, the intern may have the opportunity to interact directly with teacher participants, support the development of the fall calendar of events, and contribute to the overall operations of the team.

Applicants must have a background in the humanities, ideally history; exceptional organizational and task management skills; and an interest in museum education and/or public history. Preferred qualifications include strong research and writing skills, the ability to work independently, familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel, and knowledge of American History. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

Curatorial: Cataloguing and Researching Works in the Drawings Collection Intern
This exciting internship opportunity is tripartite and will focus on the curatorial skills of cataloguing, writing, and researching. The first project of the internship involves condensing catalogue entries and artists’ biographies from the catalogue Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society for the on-line database, e-museum, in TMS. The second project revolves around the uncatalogued major collection of Colonial Revival watercolors and drawings held by New-York Historical. In aggregate there are around 3,000 sheets. Many are studies for paintings, prints, or illustrations by important artists of this movement, such as Dunsmore, Lefferts, and Ogden. These preparatory studies need to be linked to their finished works. To accomplish this hands-on, original research, the intern will work at Mana Fine Arts for two days per week, cataloguing and taking low-resolution images that will be posted online. The other three days the intern will spend at New-York Historical, condensing catalogue entries for the first project, researching in the library, and pursuing other ad hoc curatorial tasks related to the third part of the internship, exhibitions-in-progress. These experiences will expose the intern to all curatorial aspects of working in a museum―from acquisitions and cataloguing, to dealing with actual objects and researching them. The intern will be responsible for compiling files on the cataloguing project for the use of the database administrator, who will subsequently enter them into the New-York Historical Society’s TMS database. 

Intern must be enrolled in an art history, history, or museum studies program, preferably at the graduate level with one year completed. Computer, writing, and research skills are required, together with an interest in organizing large amounts of material. During this period, the intern will be working closely with a curator and a research associate, an excellent educational experience providing invaluable, first-hand exposure to a professional museum setting and projects. Candidates with a strong interest in history are preferred. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

History Exhibits Intern
The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department with research and information management for major exhibitions for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons. The intern may work on topics connected to the Vietnam War, environmental history, or sports and civil rights history. The intern will be part of the exhibition planning team and collaborate closely with team members under the supervision of the VP for History Exhibits. This is an opportunity to learn about many of the steps involved in organizing and curating a history exhibit. The intern’s work will include but is not limited to: library and online content research and the preparation of background research reports; repository and online research for objects and images to be used in prospective exhibit displays; data entry in the project database of exhibition items; and creation of digital resources for the web.

Position is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, but preference will be given to candidates who have backgrounds in art history. Good writing skills, attention to detail, and strong research skills are a must. This internship can be completed for pay or credit.

To register and apply, please CLICK HERE

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