College and Graduate Internships

The New-York Historical Society is offering part-time 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 $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The spring internship program will run January through May (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 120 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Spring 2019:

  • Internship applications opened November 19, 2018
  • Internship applications close December 14, 2018
  • Internship dates: January–May 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.

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.

Available Internships

Collections Internship
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. Inter 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 internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Development Internship
The development department of the New-York Historical Society seeks an intern for development assistance. This hands-on position in a fast-paced fundraising office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, events, 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 a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit. 

Responsibilities include organizing and maintaining departmental hard and digital files, assisting Database Manager with database maintenance, prospect research, drafting donor acknowledgments, proofreading various forms of office correspondence, assisting with major mailings and membership acquisitions, event preparation and staffing, assisting with general office needs, and special projects as assigned

We are seeking a candidate with the following qualifications– punctual self-starter, with the ability to work well independently; good phone etiquette and communication skills; excellent writing and proofreading skills; strong attention to detail. Database experience (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is preferable, though not required. Please note that this is a largely sedentary role and will involve heavy computer work including organizing digital files and database maintenance.

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Education Projects Internship
The Education Projects Intern will work with the Education Division at N-YHS on projects and programs related to the Women and the American Story (WAMS) initiative. They will assist in organizing a three-week teacher institute on American Women in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to be hosted at N-YHS in the summer of 2019, and provide administrative and logistical support for the ongoing WAMS curriculum project. The intern will gain an introduction to museum education pedagogy and using primary sources as teaching tools, as well as experience in curriculum development and project management. Preferred qualifications include strong organization, task management, and communication skills. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

Family Programs Internship
The Family Programs intern must be earning a degree in Education, Museum Education, History, or Art History (or a related field) with a particular interest in working with families with children ages 3 - 12. This spring the family programs intern will research historical figures and events for our Living History programs, and will support the Reading into History family book club. In addition they will assist with researching, marketing, preparing materials for, and staffing a variety of family programs in the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum (please note, this work happens on weekday and weekend days). By the end of the internship, they will have gained experience with all aspects of developing and delivering out-of-school-time programs for families for a variety of audiences. We require excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a proactive approach to projects.  

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

History Exhibits Internship
The History Exhibits intern will assist the History Exhibits Department in researching for an upcoming exhibition on the West in the nineteenth century. The internship will largely involve secondary research and preparation of research reports on a specified topic. The intern will be part of the exhibition planning team and collaborate closely with team members under the supervision of the V.P. for History Exhibitions. Preference will be given to candidates who are history majors, have familiarity with topics pertaining to the West, and have good writing skills. 

This internship can be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE.

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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