Student Historian Internship Program

Internships for high school students entering grades 10, 11, or 12

Be a history changemaker! Use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct teen-led research on undertold yet highly relevant histories, on topics you care about. Learn about the history of activists and social movements and discuss how knowledge of history can inform change-making in the present. Work with historian mentors and take trips to history archives around the city to help support your work. Develop leadership skills as you lead gallery tours and produce creative digital projects that cover culturally responsive stories that aren’t well represented in our history books today. 

Open to: High school students, entering grades 10, 11, or 12. 

Interns who attend a Title 1 School or are eligible for free or reduced lunch will be offered a stipend to participate. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit. We accept 25 interns per cohort. This internship takes place in person.

Upcoming Student Historian Internships: 

July 5 – August 11, 2022, Tuesday –Thursday, 10 am –3 pm

Applications closed on April 10, 2022. Please check back in late summer for applications for the academic year session!

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. Please make sure to also check the spam and junk folders in case our emails are accidentally being delivered there.

  • Applications and teacher recommendations are due by April 10, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.
  • We will conduct a first round of interviews for all applicants between March 14 and April 25. If you do not receive an invitation to interview by April 11, check your spam or junk folders or contact us.
  • Select applicants will be invited back for a second interview from April 29 to May 3.
  • Final selections will be made by May 9, 2022.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be entering grades 10, 11, or 12.
  • 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, interns must have a valid employment certificate (“working papers”) by the start of the program. For more information about obtaining working papers, visit here.

Questions? Contact

Major support for the 2021 Student Historian Internship Program is provided by Richard Reiss and the Pinkerton Foundation. Additional support provided by the Henry Nias Foundation, the GWG Foundation, and Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner.  

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

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund