Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New-York Historical Society Internships

The Conservation department at the New-York Historical Society is again looking for interns. It is for this summer and it is a paid internship. Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested.

The summer internship is a full-time program for graduate and undergraduate students and interns work Monday through Friday from June 14th through August 6th. During the workweek, interns also take part in regularly scheduled cultural excursions and luncheon lectures. Students may receive a stipend of $2000 for the completion of the program or they may complete the program for credit. Applications are due by 5PM on Monday, March 8, 2010.

Interns in the conservation department receive practical hands-on training in book and paper conservation at an intermediate level. This internship is for individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and who have 1-2 years of practical experience working in book and paper conservation, or for students currently enrolled in a formal conservation training program. 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.

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;

  • 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.


Betsy Gibbons
Manager of High School and College Programs
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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