College & Graduate Internships
College and graduate internships are available for the fall and spring semesters (part time) and the summer (full time). From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators to working with our youngest visitors, all college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and develop fruitful professional relationships. All internships are paid, or for academic credit.
To apply, a resume, cover letter, writing sample/portfolio, and two recommendation letters are required. Submit your application on our online portal. Only complete applications will be considered.
Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, December 29, 2013.
Spring 2014 Internships
Human Resources Internship
The Human Resources Intern will directly assist the Human Resources 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.
Decorative Arts Curatorial Internship
The New-York Historical Society is seeking an intern to work alongside the decorative arts curator on several exhibition projects, including a major reinstallation of the Tiffany lamp collection in the Luce Center, the traveling exhibition and catalogue Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman, and the upcoming exhibition Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War. The intern will work closely with the curator and gain valuable experience working with collection objects, doing primary research, and learning about the process of exhibition development. The intern will be part of the daily operations of the museum department, and may participate in other curatorial activities such as research and cataloguing of new acquisitions. The intern must be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Decorative Arts or Art History program, preferably at the graduate level.
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.
Library Conservation Internship
An Internship in the Library Conservation Department at The New-York Historical Society is designed to provide an opportunity for practical hands-on training in book and paper conservation at an intermediate level. This internship is for individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and who have 1-2 years of practical experience working in book and paper conservation, or for students currently enrolled in or graduates of a formal conservation education program. Activities include conducting condition surveys, completing condition reports, monitoring environmental conditions, constructing protective enclosures, stabilizing and mending flat paper and bound structures, examining new acquisitions, and preparing and installing exhibitions.
Museum Store Intern
The New-York Historical Society Museum Store is seeking an intern to assist in Museum Store Marketing projects. Intern will create and implement museum store e-newsletters aimed at increasing sales and improving communication with our target audiences. He/she will write and edit product descriptions, write meta tag descriptions, and photograph merchandise for the online store. The intern will also explore potential ways to grow the museum store’s social media presence via Facebook, Pintrest, YouTube, etc. The candidate must have experience with digital media software such as PhotoShop and Illustrator. He/she should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, professionalism, flexibility, pro-activeness and the genuine desire to succeed in the internship.