High School Internships
“I met a lot of new and interesting people. I successfully completed a research project and comfortably presented in front of an audience. I have gotten to know and love this museum setting.” – Tyler Lee, 2012 Student Historian
Interested in a unique, hands-on experience at the oldest museum in New York? The New-York Historical Society offers two sessions of the Student Historian Internship Program each year (Academic Year and Summer).
The Student Historian High School Internship Program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.
Our 2013-14 Academic Year Student Historian Program is currently full.
Upcoming Dates to Know:
Summer 2014 Program:
- Application available: March 2014
- Deadline: April 23, 2014
- Program dates: July 8–August 14, 2014, Tuesday–Thursday, 10 am–4 pm
Academic Year 2014-15 Program:
- Application available: TBD September 2014
- Deadline: TBD October 2014
- Program dates: November 2014-June 2015, Wednesdays from 4–6:30pm, plus occasional Friday hours.
- Please note: Applicants must be available every day of the program.
- Researching art, artifacts, and documents from New-York Historical's collections to create resources for museum visitors and the New-York Historical Society website, with a particular focus on New York State U.S. History & Government Regents Exam review materials during the academic year.
- Training to work with diverse audiences as facilitators in the museum galleries and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
- Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society Student Historian blog.
- Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society.
- Meeting with experts from the museum and library departments to discuss both the museum’s collections and career options.
- Visiting other museums and cultural institutions throughout New York City.
The New-York Historical Society Student Historian Program is open to students who meet ALL of the following qualifications:
- You are currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in the tri-state area.
- You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program.
- You have (or can obtain by the start of the program) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/wp....
Paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Please be sure to specify on your application if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at your school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.
- Students offered paid internships must have all documents necessary to be employed in the United States for the duration of the internship (accepted applicants are responsible for the cost of procuring any documentation related to seeking employment in the United States before their first day). For more information on required documents for employment, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
To apply, the following must be submitted:
- The application form completed by the applicant and ONE recommender form completed by a teacher.
- Application materials will be posted, and must be submitted by, the dates listed above (dates to know).
- Applications that are not complete and submitted by the appropriate deadline will not be accepted. If you do not have a computer at home, please plan ahead to use one at school or at your local public library. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for a group interview in the following weeks after the application deadline.
If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
The Student Historian High School Internship Program is supported by a generous grant from The New York Life Foundation and through an endowment established by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.