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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 be paid a stipend of $1500 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. The part-time fall internship program will run virtually November 1 through December 17 (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 open: September 1
Applications close: October 10

All applicants for Fall 2021 will be notified of the status of their application during the week of October 18.

Available Positions:

Decorative Arts Internship
The New-York Historical Society is seeking a qualified decorative arts 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 ideal candidate should have a good general knowledge of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century primary sources and relevant databases, and be familiar with the decorative arts and material culture of those periods. Interns will get experience in the research phase of exhibition planning, using TMS (The Museum System collections database), and gain proficiency with a variety of document types and sources. Research will be conducted virtually, but may also include visits to New-York Historical’s library and other libraries and museums located throughout New York City. Candidates should be enrolled in a graduate program in American social, design, or material culture history. The intern will work closely with Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D., Curator of Decorative Arts.

Please be advised that this position is remote, however, participation in onsite opportunities at the New-York Historical Society requires proof of vaccination per New York City's Key to NYC initiative. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Family Programs Internship
This fall the family programs intern will conduct research for programs related to new exhibitions and upcoming holiday celebrations. Content areas may include Halloween, picture books, murals, and more. In addition, they will assist with marketing; administrative tasks; as well as preparing materials for and staffing a variety of family programs in the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum. By the end of the internship, the intern will have gained experience with researching, developing, and delivering out-of-school-time programs for a variety of family audiences. We require excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a proactive approach to projects.  

Please note, this will be a hybrid internship. There will be regularly scheduled weekday hours that may be worked remotely as well as occasional in-person weekend hours to assist during scheduled family programs. 

Please be advised that in accordance with the Key to NYC initiative, the New-York Historical Society has adopted a mandatory vaccine policy. Interns scheduled to work onsite during the course of their internship must provide proof of vaccination ahead of the start of the internship, and will be required to follow health and safety measures put into place by New-York Historical while onsite.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Library Conservation Internship
An Internship in the Library Conservation Department at The New-York Historical Society is designed to provide an opportunity for practical hands-on training in book and paper conservation at an intermediate level. Conservation Interns generally undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills and the needs and capabilities of the Conservation Department.  Activities for Fall 2021, however, will focus on handling and packing a variety of library collections for off-site storage.  This timely project requires the use of shrink-wrapping, strapping, and sealing tape equipment.  This rare opportunity will introduce the intern to the challenges of handling and storing unique formats.  There will also be, to a lesser degree, time to learn about condition surveys, completing condition reports, monitoring environmental conditions, constructing protective enclosures, stabilizing and mending flat paper and bound structures, examining new acquisitions, and preparation and installation of exhibitions.

Please be advised that in accordance with the Key to NYC initiative, the New-York Historical Society has adopted a mandatory vaccine policy. Interns scheduled to work onsite during the course of their internship must provide proof of vaccination ahead of the start of the internship, and will be required to follow health and safety measures put into place by New-York Historical while onsite.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Zimmermann Decorative Arts Internship for College Students from Communities Historically Underrepresented in the Museum Field
New-York Historical is pleased to restart an internship funded by the Marie Zimmermann Foundation to undergraduate students and recent college graduates from communities historically underrepresented in the museum field 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 management teams.

Please be advised that in accordance with the Key to NYC initiative, the New-York Historical Society has adopted a mandatory vaccine policy. Interns scheduled to work onsite during the course of their internship must provide proof of vaccination ahead of the start of the internship, and will be required to follow health and safety measures put into place by New-York Historical while onsite.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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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