New-York Historical Society Fall Internships

Fall 2009 Internship Program

The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for the Fall 2009 internship program for graduate and undergraduate students. The fall internship is a part-time program.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 14th, 2009.

Fall 2009 Internships are available in the following areas:

Education – interns in the education department assist with the creation of school programs and teacher professional development materials and sessions in addition to supplying administrative support. If you are interested in interning in the education department, in please specify your cover letter the level of education in which you are most interested (elementary, middle school, high school, teacher, or adult learners). Interns in this area should have excellent writing and organizational skills.
Graphic Design – the intern in the graphic design office assists staff with the creation of visual materials for exhibitions, brochures, and signage. Interns are responsible for laying out text labels, scanning images, photo correcting and sizing, layouts of text and images, and production support on large projects. Preferably, applicants for this internship should be enrolled in a Graphic Design program and must have a working knowledge of Mac and possibly some PC, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be prepared to show a design portfolio.
Museum / Curatorial – interns in the museum department assist curators with research and development of materials for upcoming installations, exhibitions, and publications. This fall, placements are available in the areas of drawings, working on the book Audubon’s Aviary, and in American Art for the upcoming Grateful Dead exhibition. If you are interested in interning in the museum department, please specify your area of interest in your cover letter. Seniors and graduate students are preferred.
Public Programs –the public programs intern assists staff with the promotion for and running of events. Interns in this area should have excellent verbal, written and organizational skills. This intern must be available some Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Conservation – interns in the conservation department receive practical hands-on training in book and paper conservation at an intermediate level. Interns will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills and the needs and capabilities of the Conservation Department. At the end of the internship period, the intern will be required to produce a written report and possibly deliver a presentation of their work. An interview with the Senior Conservator is required (preferably on-site) and candidates should present a portfolio of completed treatments at that time.
Human Resources – the human resources intern provides logistical support for the Director of Human Resources and the HR Administrative Assistant. The intern must have excellent organizational skills and knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.
Encyclopedia of NYC – this intern will assist Encyclopedia of NYC staff as they finalize the upcoming publication. Tasks include fact-checking, copy-editing, and general office support.
Special Events – the Special Events intern provides administrative support to the department, helps in the preparation and running of events, and assists with site visits. The intern should have excellent written and spoken communication skills.
Special Projects – this intern will work directly with the Historian for Special Projects. Tasks include historical research and gathering of images from the New-York Historical Society collections, as directed, for use in the upcoming permanent installations for the Society’s Great Hall and the Children’s Gallery. Background in history or art history is essential.

To apply for an internship, please submit the following:

A cover letter that indicates the specific department(s) with which you would like to be placed;
A resume;
A five to ten page academic writing sample;
Two recommendations (at least one from a professor);
Some applicants may be required to provide a portfolio or other information, but they will be notified of this when they are called for an interview.

All applications must be submitted electronically only. Please email completed application package to with your name in the subject line. The cover letter, resume, and writing sample should be submitted together in one email. Recommendations must be emailed directly from the reference to and should have “Recommendation for Applicant’s Name” as the subject.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Betsy Gibbons by email at or by phone at 212-485-9281.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

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