New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical was founded in 1804 to acquire and preserve documentation and objects on the history and culture of the United States, then a new nation. We are the oldest museum in New York City and one of the oldest and most distinguished libraries in the U.S. Today we offer visitors on-site and online a vast collection of art, objects, artifacts, and documents and an ongoing collecting program that aims to facilitate a broad grasp of history’s enduring importance and its usefulness in finding explanations, causes, and insights. 

N-YHS has a staff of more than 150, a robust exhibition schedule, nightly public programs, and a large education and outreach program. The Library holds more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts and other archival documents, prints, photographs and architectural drawings. 

N-YHS is a major repository of primary source materials relating to the history of the United States, with a special focus on New York. The PICS intern will benefit N-YHS, and the general public, by arranging and describing one or more of the Library's archival collections, thereby making those documents available for use by the public.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship Description 

The Archives Intern will process (i.e., organize, preserve, and describe in a published, on-line finding aid) one or more collections of archival documents relating to some aspect of American history. The specific collection (or collections) to be processed will be determined based on organizational processing priorities and the intern’s historical interests. 

Past PICS interns have processed collections of a 19th century woman essayist, an 1840s U.S. businessman operating in Central and South America, early-mid 20th century lawyers/politicians, the records of a defunct art museum and a book publisher, and the photographic documentation of New York City community mural projects from the 1970s-2000s, among others. The student will gain the benefit of learning the specific skills of an archivist and will expand their research skills by deepening their understanding of how collections are processed behind the scenes for access by researchers and other users.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
8 Flexible  9:00am  5:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

Possible housing available through Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYU, Columbia, or other university in the city/area.

Internship Qualifications

  • Some experience using primary source materials in research projects 
  • Ability to work independently within a team construct 
  • Ability to write and communicate well 
  • Ability to identify both the subject matter illustrated by collections of documents and the important details within the individual documents of a collection 
  • Broad familiarity with and interest in American history 
  • General knowledge of research libraries 

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Covid-19 Vaccination