Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


Education programs made possible through endowments established by:
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funding provided by:
Institute for Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Important support provided by:
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ford Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Altman Foundation
Deutsche Bank
The Pinkerton Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


Support the New-York Historical Society

Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



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.

Program Dates
Summer: July 5 – August 9, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am – 3 pm and additional Friday, July 6 applications open on January 22
Academic Year: November – June, every Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays) applications open in August

Application Guidelines
Applications are currently closed.

Selection Process and Timeline:
Applications for the summer cohort will open in January and close in February of 2018.

Applicant Requirements

  • 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:

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. For more information on required documents for employment, please visit


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.

Applicant Requirements
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 or 212-485-9281.

Recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award


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