College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society offers 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 be paid a stipend of $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The part-time summer internship program will run virtually June 21 through August 13 (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 120 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Requirements:
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

Upcoming Dates to Know:

The summer 2021 internship will run from June 21 through August 13. Applications are being accepted until May 14, 2021.

Available Positions:

Collections Internship
The Collections intern must be enrolled in an Art History, History, Museum Studies, and/or Studio Program with an interest in museum collections management and registration. Intern will help with the management of new collections acquisitions as well as incoming loans for exhibitions, including preparation of checklists, correspondence, and inventories. Intern will learn how to properly house, record, catalogue, and organize collections items. Intern will also assist with maintenance of The Museum System (TMS)—uploading new images, assisting in standardizing entries, and cataloging recent acquisitions. Intern will gain invaluable work experience as part of the daily operations of the Museum's collections department. The position requires excellent organizational and computer skills and attention to detail.  

This position may be completed for credit or a stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Curatorial—Decorative Arts Internship
The New-York Historical Society is seeking a qualified Decorative Arts curatorial research intern to assist with upcoming exhibition and collections research. Research will include object-based investigations related to the museum’s decorative arts and material culture collections. The ideal candidate should have a good general knowledge of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century primary sources and relevant databases, and be familiar with the decorative arts and material culture of those periods. Research will be conducted remotely, but may include visits to the Historical Society’s library and other libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Interns will get experience in the research phase of exhibition planning, using TMS (The Museum System collections database), and gain proficiency with a variety of document types and sources. Candidates should be enrolled in a graduate program in American social, design, or material culture history. The intern will work closely with Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D., Curator of Decorative Arts.

This position may be completed for credit or a stipend.
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Development Internship
The Development internship is a hands-on position in a small, fast-paced fundraising office, and requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, individual giving, and institutional giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to all aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within vibrant museum. The Development intern will be assigned special projects, as needed, and assist with drafting donor communications, providing support for major mailings and membership acquisitions, event preparation and staffing, and research. Additional responsibilities include handing general office needs, proofreading office correspondence, and data entry.

A qualified candidate will possess the following skills: Punctual self-starter, with the ability to work well independently, good phone-etiquette and communication skills, excellent writing and proofreading skills, a strong attention to detail, and database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferable, though not required.

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
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History Exhibits Internship
The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department in the curation of two upcoming history exhibitions. The internship will largely involve research and creation of research reports for one project focusing on religion and western expansion in the 19th century, and one on Frederick Douglass' vision for a Reconstructed America. The intern will be part of the exhibition planning team and will collaborate closely with team members under the supervision of the V.P. for History Exhibitions. Preference will be given to candidates who are graduate-level history majors, have familiarity with relevant topics, and have good writing skills. 

This position may be completed for credit or a stipend.
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Human Resources Internship
The HR intern will be an active member of the Human Resources Department and will receive training for a variety of tasks and projects related to recruitment, benefits, employee relations, and learning and development.  These tasks and projects are intended to provide the intern with educational and operational experience, as well as an overview of particular HR functions and employment laws. The ideal candidate has a keen attention to detail, strong work ethic, excellent customer service, and has the ability to maintain confidential information. Candidates should be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or Labor Relations, Non-Profit or Arts Administration or a related field.  

This position may be completed for credit or a stipend.
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Professional Development Projects Internship
The Professional Development Projects Intern will work within the Education Division to provide administrative and programmatic support for teacher professional development projects and workshops. This intern will work closely with the members of the N-YHS professional development (“PD”) team, gaining an introduction to museum education pedagogy and programming for K-12 school teachers, as well as the “behind the scenes” administrative work that helps these programs run. The primary duties of this intern will be to assist in logistical arrangements for a two-week teacher institute hosted by N-YHS, provide administrative support for the Education Division’s ongoing Women & the American Story curriculum for teachers, and provide administrative support for one-off professional development workshops and courses offered throughout the summer. This intern will also conduct research to support new workshops for teachers. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to observe education programs. Preferred qualifications include strong organizational, task management, and communication skills; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel; and knowledge of American History.

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Contact Information
For more information on the College & Graduate Internship Program, contact:
Internship Coordinator
internships@nyhistory.org
212-873-3400 ext. 505
The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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