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 closed on February 26, 2018
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:
Please note: It is important that applicants regularly check the email addresses they provided to ensure they do not miss important correspondence.

  • Applications and Teacher Recommendations were due on February 26, 2018.
  • We will review all completed applications and will be in touch with all applicants by March 9.
  • Select applicants will be invited to participate in interviews held between March 12-16, 4:00-6:30 pm.
  • Final selections will be made by April 13.

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 the following fall.
  • Applicants must live in and attend school in the New York City metro area (includes the five boroughs of New York City, as well as areas of New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey).
  • 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:
  • Upon acceptance into the program, students 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

Interns who have been eligible for free or reduced cost 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.



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


Creative: Tronvig Group