College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time, eight week internships in both our museum and library divisions. From modeling creative exhibition layouts to researching with our curators and educators, college and graduate interns experience unparalleled career development and cultivate fruitful professional  relationships. Applicants who are selected to participate in this rewarding yet demanding experience will either be paid a stipend of $3000 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The summer internship program will run June through August (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 280 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Internship applications opened: Tuesday, February 12th
Internship applications closed: Monday, March 25th
Internship dates: June-August 2019

Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students though recent graduates may also apply. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements. Interns are considered employees, and upon acceptance into the program 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.

Available Internships

Teen Programs and Tech Commons Internship
The Teen Programs Intern will work with the teen programs team on all summer out-of-school time Teen Programs at N-YHS and programs in the Tech Commons, a new digital media lab for teens.  They will provide administrative support for all teen programs and the Tech Commons.  Interns will also conduct community outreach efforts.  The Education Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop, oversee, and assess a youth development program and tech programs for teens in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice and technology skills.  Preferred qualifications include strong organization and task management skills, experience working with high school aged students and experience with technology including coding, game design, podcasts or 3D printing. 

This internship is available for credit.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Zimmermann Decorative Arts Internship for College Students
The New-York Historical Society is pleased to offer a new internship funded by the Marie Zimmermann Foundation to undergraduate college students from communities historically underrepresented in the museum field, who are interested in learning about the research and study of American decorative arts and material culture, while experiencing the day-to-day activities of a large history museum. Zimmermann interns will participate in the hands-on examination and cataloging of collection objects; conduct detailed design, technology, and social history research for new acquisitions and artifacts earmarked for inclusion in upcoming exhibitions; compose blogs related to collection objects and their experiences working with suchmaterial; and assist curators in artifact-based presentations. Interns will also participate in the Museum’sprogram of expanding the collection to reflect the diversity of the city and nation today and will assist curators in locating and acquiring evocative artifacts. Research will be conducted both on-site in New-York Historical’s preeminent Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and at other libraries across New York City. Interns will work under the close supervision of the Curator of Decorative Arts and interact with other members of the Museum’s curatorial and collections teams.

This internship may be completed for a stipend of $2,150. Applications are due by August 23, 2019.
For more information and to apply, please click here.


Applicant Information

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • A cover letter indicating in which position/department you are interested
  • A resume
  • 5-10 page writing sample*
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one must be from a professor)

*It is important to read the individual job descriptions as some departments require other materials in lieu of the writing sample.

If the internship that you are applying for is being offered for credit, you must submit written confirmation from your college stating that you will receive credit for hours completed.

Please note: Applications that are not complete and submitted by the appropriate deadline (including two letters of recommendation) will not be accepted. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for an interview.

Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Internship Coordinator
212-873-3400 ext. 505
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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