Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


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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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



Use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct exciting research and share your scholarship through creative digital projects. Meet with professional staff to learn about careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively with fellow students to develop public speaking and leadership skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen your understanding of American history and art. The theme of the program is We the People: Democracy from Athens to America.

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

Interns with demonstrated financial need may 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.

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Upcoming Student Historian Internships: 

October 14, 2020 – June 2, 2021 every Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Applications closed! Join our mailing list to be notified when Summer applications open.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be in 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.

Major support for the 2020 Student Historian Internship Program is provided by Richard Reiss, the Onassis Foundation USA, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by the GWG Foundation and Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner.  



Returning Student Historians, Tech Scholars, and Scholars have the opportunity to participate in paid internships as Teen Leaders, who work in one of two departments: 

  • Education Teen Leaders create digital interactives and videos that will be used professionally by New-York Historical Society, and will be on display in museum exhibitions and websites.  Teen Leaders are mentored by museum staff to research the historical information, find assets, and write the content. They also work with technology consultants to design and build the digital interactive. Offered during the school year and summer!
  • Family Programs Teen Leaders meet throughout the academic year to support DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s programming. Explore the Family Programs calendar.

All Teen Leaders are compensated at minimum wage.

Internship Dates

October 13, 2020 – June 1, 2021 every Tuesday, 4 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).  

Applications closed! Join our mailing list to be notified when Summer applications open.


Major support for Teen Leaders in 2020 provided by the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.

Explore current and past Teen Leader produced work:

Women Activists Digital Interactive: 

This digital interactive features the biographies of instrumental figures in women’s activism over the past 200 years. Teen Leaders worked with New-York Historical Society curators to choose individuals, conduct research, and write the bios. They also worked with professional graphic media designers at Unified Field Media to design the interactive. This digital interactive is currently on display in the Museum’s Women March exhibit, as well as online.


Playing the President: FDR’s First Hundred Days

In this digital game, players take the role of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he faces the Great Depression and must make important decisions that will benefit the country.  Players encounter real decisions that FDR faced, consulting advisors and reviewing background information to make choices. This game is currently on display in the Museum’s Meet the Presidents exhibit, as well as online.  Teen Leaders worked with curators to conduct the core research and draft the script for the game's content, and worked with a game design company to develop the concept and framework. 

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Creative: Tronvig Group