American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
American Jewish Historical Society


New York, NY

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Lila Currie '18, Delaney Kerkhof '18

Organization Description
The American Jewish Historical Society is the oldest ethnic, cultural archive in the United States. AJHS provides access to more than 30 million documents and 50,000 books, photographs, art and artifacts that reflect the history of the Jewish presence in the United States from 1654 to the present.

At our home on West 16th street in downtown Manhattan, as well as in our Boston branch on Newbury street, AJHS illuminates American Jewish history through our many archival treasures, scholarship, exhibitions, and public programs. Among the treasures of this heritage are the handwritten original of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, which graces the Statue of Liberty; records of the nation’s leading Jewish communal organizations, and important collections in the fields of education, philanthropy, science, sports, business, and the arts.

Internship Description

  1. We would like the intern to update our 19th C American Rare Book Collection, by checking the holdings against those WorldCat with those in the Singerman American Judaica Holdings.  This will give the intern an opportunity to learn about Rare Book Collections in America. 
  2. We would like the intern to help organize some smaller archival collections and learn how to write a Finding Aid and mount it on the Web.  This would allow the intern to learn about unique paper/photo items and how to organize them.
  3. We would like the intern to help work on an exhibit of Sid Lapidus’ Rare Books at the Princeton Library. This would allow the intern to see that Rare Books and Archives can have both content and intrinsic value.

Internship Qualifications

  • Writing and research skills
  • Use of MS Office
  • ability to follow instructions and learn new apps.

*Writing sample required: paper written for a graded History course

Expected Start Time
9:00 - 9:30 am

Expected End Time
5:00 - 5:30 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
*Writing sample required: paper written for a graded History course

Evaluation Excerpt

I loved putting together a weekly seminar lecture series for me and the other 21 interns this summer. The most difficult experience was leading my own independent research project and trying to make it meaningful in a short amount of time.
—Delaney Kerkhof '18

I worked on a myriad of projects for the marketing department, including a social media campaign, research on marketing practices of other museums, cataloging press mentioning the museum, distributing museum literature, and more. The work I was given was very interesting to me, and much of it allowed me to use skills I've learned at Princeton, such as research and critical thinking, in real world scenarios.
—Lila Currie '18

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program