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Student Historian Program


“Through this internship, I learned to research more efficiently, think outside the box for creative projects, and voice my opinions in group discussions.”
– Marcia White, 2012 Student Historian

The New-York Historical Society offers the Student Historian Internship program for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that gives students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.


Get Involved!

The Student Historian program has two sessions per year: Academic Year and Summer. Upcoming programs will be from July - August 2016 and November – June 2016-17.

We are now accepting applications for the summer 2016 Student Historian Program! Click here for more information and to apply.

Here’s what we’re up to!

Get to know the Student Historians as they highlight their favorite pieces from New-York Historical's collections, document the progress of their projects, and share current happenings on the Teen Historians blog.


Resources created by past Student Historians

U.S. History Regents Exam Review Materials:

  • U.S. History Exam Review Catalog with object-based summaries, frequently tested content, and corresponding practice text questions [PDF], created by 2014-15 Student Historians
  • U.S. History Exam Review Catalog with object-based summaries, frequently tested content, and corresponding practice text questions [PDF], created by 2013-14 Student Historians
  • Historical Tweets Review Activity [PDF], created by 2011–2012 Student Historians

What can everyday objects tell us about our past?
Check out A History of New York City in 30 Objects [PDF] created by the Summer 2012 Student Historians.

Summer 2015 Student Historians researched and developed their own gallery tours for our Art as Activism exhibition.


The Student Historian Program received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2012! Chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists, New-York Historical’s Student Historian Internship Program was one of 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award, which is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. Recipients of the award are honored for their work in presenting rich arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people.

The awards are administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Click here to view the full press release.



If you have any questions about the Student Historian program, please e-mail us at

The Student Historian High School Internship Program is supported by a generous grant from The New York Life Foundation and through an endowment established by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

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