Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.
Student Historian interns are high school-aged students who use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct exciting research and share their scholarship through creative projects. Interns meet with professional staff to learn about careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively with fellow students to develop their public speaking and leadership skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen their understanding of American history and art.
Academic Year: November – June, every Wednesday, 4 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays)
Summer: July – August, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm
Specific dates will be posted when applications become available.
Applications are currently closed.
Applications open three months before the session begins and close two months prior to the program start date.
Required materials include an online application form and a recommendation form to be completed by a teacher or guidance counselor.
- Applicants for the academic year program must be in grades 10, 11, or 12; summer applicants must be entering those grades or their first year of college.
- Applicants must live in and attend school in the New York City metro area.
- Applicants must have parent/guardian consent to apply for this program.
- If accepted, you must have a valid employment certificate (“working papers”) by the start of the program. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit: https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/wphmpg.shtm.
Interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school may be offered a stipend to participate. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.
Upon acceptance into the program, students offered stipends 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. For more information on required documents for employment, please visit www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
Student Historian Internship Program: Teen Leaders
Returning Student Historian interns have the opportunity to participate in our second-tier internships as Teen Leaders, who may intern in one of three departments:
- Family Programs interns meet throughout the academic year to support DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s programming. Explore the Family Programs calendar.
- Exhibition Curator interns research and plan a thematic historical exhibition during the academic year. The exhibition is hosted on Governors Island the following summer.
- Exhibition Educator interns develop and facilitate programming over the summer for visitors to the Governors Island exhibition.
Applications are currently closed.
Student Historians are invited to apply for this opportunity after successfully completing the first-tier Student Historian program.
All Teen Leaders are compensated at minimum wage.
Explore current and past Teen Leader-designed and facilitated exhibitions:
Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York, July 8 – October 1, 2017
Audubon: Birdman for a Fledgling Nation, July 2 – September 25, 2016
Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence, July 4 – September 27, 2015
NYC & the Civil War, July 5 – September 28, 2014
WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, June 15 – September 2, 2013
Questions? Contact email@example.com or 212-485-9281.
Recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award