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 $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The spring internship program will run January through April (unless otherwise specified), and interns may work up to 120 hours throughout the duration of the program.

Upcoming Dates to Know:

Internship applications opened: Friday, November 1
Internship applications closed: Friday, December 2
Internship dates: January–April 2020

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.

Available Internships

Audio/Visual Department Internship
The audio/visual department at the New-York Historical Society is an integral part of daily operations at NYHS. We here at the N-YHS 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.

Essential job duties of this internship include coordinating with AV and IT teams media as required by project; maintaining gear storage and maintenance logs; engaging in creative problem solving relating to AV and IT issues/tasks; performing global museum startup and shutdown procedures when requested; providing immediate technical assistance for all A/V gear within current exhibitions; providing direct support to A/V personnel as situation dictates; additional duties as requested.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills: constant desire to expand audio/visual knowledge beyond specific job requirements, high critical thinking capacity and fast problem solving ability, meeting expected requirements within a time-based environment, and operating efficiently as a member of a team or completely autonomously. Performative experience on Yamaha LS9, Yamaha QL1 mixing boards, Mackie Analog consoles, AMX control surfaces, StageMix iPad application, Reaper Recording software, and Pro Tools Software, as well as experience operating audio/visual gear within a museum, corporate or educational environment that has noise/action restrictions are preferred skills, but not required. Please note, the physical demands of this position include the ability to lift up to 50lbs (speakers/removable stairs/stanchions).

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
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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 internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
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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 primarily in institutional giving. The role will also allow for tasks in a variety of roles, including membership, events, and individual giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to institutional giving and all of the aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit. Responsibilities for this position include conducting individual and institutional prospect research and strategy (including research in preparation for a major capital campaign); drafting donor acknowledgments, letters of inquiry, and proposals; proofreading various forms of office correspondence and print materials; assisting with general office needs and data entry; special projects as assigned.

Ideal qualifications for a candidate in this position: punctual self-starter, with the ability to work well independently; good phone etiquette and communication skills; excellent writing and proofreading skills; and 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 in-depth research on foundation and corporation sponsorship/grant prospects.

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
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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 assist our Living History programs, including researching historical figures, organizing and cataloging our historical costume collection, and assisting with logistics. 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. The internship hours will be on both weekdays and weekends. 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 may be complete for credit or 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 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 internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
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Teen Programs and Tech Commons Internship
The Teen Programs Intern will work with the teen programs team on all spring out-of-school time Teen Programs at N-YHS and programs in the Tech Commons, a new digital media lab for teens.  They will provide administrative support for all teen programs and the Tech Commons.  Interns will also conduct community outreach efforts.  The Education Intern will gain valuable experience learning how to develop, oversee, and assess a youth development program and tech programs for teens in a museum environment, and also gain knowledge of Museum Education practice and technology skills.  

This internship may be completed for credit or stipend.
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Zimmermann Decorative Arts Internship for College Students from Communities Historically Underrepresented in the Museum Field
The New-York Historical Society is pleased to offer a new internship funded by the Marie Zimmermann Foundation to undergraduate college students from communities historically underrepresented in the museum field, who are interested in learning about the research and study of American decorative arts and material culture, while experiencing the day-to-day activities of a large history museum. Zimmermann interns will participate in the hands-on examination and cataloging of collection objects; conduct detailed design, technology, and social history research for new acquisitions and artifacts earmarked for inclusion in upcoming exhibitions; compose blogs related to collection objects and their experiences working with such material; and assist curators in artifact-based presentations. Interns will also participate in the Museum’s program of expanding the collection to reflect the diversity of the city and nation today and will assist curators in locating and acquiring evocative artifacts. Research will be conducted both on-site in New-York Historical’s preeminent Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, and at other libraries across New York City. Interns will work under the close supervision of the Curator of Decorative Arts and interact with other members of the Museum’s curatorial and collections teams.

This internship may be completed for a stipend of $2,150. 
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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.

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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