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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 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 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:
Applications for summer 2020 internships will be accepted Monday, February 24th through Friday, April 17th.
 

Available Internships

A/V Internship
The audio/visual department at the New-York Historical Society is an integral part of daily operations at NYHS. We here at the NYHS are fortunate to count numerous priceless works of art in our collection. Operating our A/V equipment requires strict attention to detail and respect for the environment. From exhibition gear oversight/maintenance to our frequently sold-out public program lecture series to our Friday night movie series as well as our myriad of private events, the NYHS A/V department bears multiple responsibilities that are often simultaneous. As such, becoming an interim member of the NYHS team requires a quick-thinking individual who possesses refined communication skill set to compliment a foundational technical skill set. Verbal communication abilities are given high priority in this employment opportunity. This opportunity will afford the intern many opportunities to grow and refine their audio visual skill set. Such opportunities to include proper hardware storage and maintenance protocol, cloud and hard storage data management, proper audio visual work flow as it relates to a diverse set of events, in addition to some limited time performing on hardware listed above in event-based settings with maximum oversight.

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Archives Internship
The Archives Intern will work under the supervision of the Head of Archival Processing to process one or more manuscript collections held in the Library of the New-York Historical Society. The internship emphasizes archival description, including writing historical, scope, arrangement, and other notes for the collection; identifying significant content in the archival material; establishing name and subject access terms with controlled vocabularies; documenting the records in the collection management system; generating a DACS-compliant, on-line finding aid using that system; and writing a blog post about some aspect of the collection. The internship will also involve physical processing, including arrangement of the materials and basic conservation practices, such as rehousing. To be eligible for the internship, the candidate must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an MLIS or equivalent program with a concentration in archives; must have completed at least an introductory archival course; and have a general familiarity with and interest in U.S. history.

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Citizenship Project Internship
Citizenship Project Intern: Intern must be enrolled in a History or Museum Studies program with an interest in historical research. The Citizenship Project at the New-York Historical Society offers free classes for eligible permanent residents on the path to citizenship. The intern will do research to support the development of new lesson plans to adapt the program to the updated civics test. The intern will also assist with organizing a summer training institute for ESL/Civics educators. The intern will learn how to perform historical research, how primary sources are used in educational programming, and how training programs are organized for non-museum educators. The intern will also assist the Citizenship Project Manager with general administrative duties. 

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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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. 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 stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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Curatorial Internship
The New-York Historical Society seeks an intern to provide research and administrative assistance with an exhibition on the history of boxing in New York. The candidate should be conversant on the sport, and prepared to examine the social, cultural, and political aspects of its history by consulting a range of primary and secondary sources. Object-based research and documentation projects may also arise in other aspects of material culture and decorative arts from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to gaining experience in exhibition research and planning, the intern will receive training in the museum’s collections database (The Museum System, or TMS).

This position may be completed for credit or 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 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 intern should have a good general knowledge of eighteenth, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century primary sources and databases, and be familiar with the decorative arts and material culture of those periods. Research will be conducted in the Historical Society’s library and at libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Interns will get first-hand experience in the research phase of exhibition planning, using TMS (The Museum System) 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. Intern will work closely with the Historical Society’s museum collection and report to Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D., Curator of Decorative Arts. 

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please 
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Development Internship
The development department of the New-York Historical Society seeks an intern for development and digital design/marketing 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 the field. The role will allow for tasks in a variety of roles, including membership, donor cultivation/stewardship events, special events, institutional giving, and individual giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to all of the aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit. 

This position may 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 - 14. This summer the family programs intern will prep for and work on our July 4 Family Day; assist with research and prep for Camp History (August 17 – 28), as well assist in the camp; assist in cataloging and organizing our costume and touch collection used in our Living History programming; and will research middle-grade books published in 2020 to prepare for our annual book prize.

By the end of the internship, they will have gained experience with aspects of developing and delivering camp and programming experiences for families and kids. We require excellent communication and research skills, attention to detail, and a proactive approach to projects. Please note, this intern must be able to work August 17-21 and August 24-28 (Camp History dates). 

This internship may 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 planning for projects related to an N-YHS exhibition on 19th-century America. The internship will largely involve secondary research and preparation of research reports. 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 relevant topics, and have good writing skills. 

This positional may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please click here.

HR 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 training and development.  These tasks and projects are intended to provide the intern with educational and operational experience, as well as an overview to 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, Arts Administration or a related field. 

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please
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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 organizing a three-week teacher institute hosted at N-YHS, provide logistical and 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 for a new suite of digital-humanities workshops for teachers. In addition, the intern may have the opportunity to observe education programs, support instructors in the classroom, participate in team meetings, and interact with NYC teachers. 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. Knowledge of SPSS and Mailchimp is a plus, but is not required.

This position may be completed for credit or stipend.
For more information and to apply, please click here.

Women’s History Teacher Institute Internship
This internship takes place within the Education department and specifically supports the 2020 summer institute for K-12 teachers entitled American Women, American Citizens: 1920-1948 (information about this project can be found at www.nyhistory.org/neh). The primary responsibility of this intern will be to support the administrative and logistical needs of this exciting two-week institute, which will take place from July 13-24. Tasks may include gathering materials for lessons, entering data, preparing teacher packets, and supporting day-to-day logistics. The initial weeks of the internship will focus on preparing for the arrival of the 30 participating teachers, who are travelling from across the country to attend. Once the institute begins, the intern will have the opportunity to be in the classroom for the full two weeks of the program – observing hands-on lessons; interacting with the 30 participating teachers; hearing lectures from world-renowned historians; and participating in institute field trips. Following the institute, the intern will help summarize evaluations, review teacher work, and contribute to the dissemination of the institute’s outcomes to a wider audience. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in the museum, education, or public history fields. Ideal candidates will have a clearly stated interest in women’s and/or American history; exceptional writing skills; strong organization and task management skills; the ability to work independently; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel; and a passion to learn in a fast-paced museum environment.

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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