Internship Opportunities

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Get involved in the history

Interns play a significant and valued role at the NYG&B. Unlike many internships, the work we offer interns is challenging and real, and the work interns do makes an important and visible difference. Consequently, the program attracts unusually well-qualified and energetic participants.

Academic Internships

The NYG&B is pleased to offer academic internships for school credit to:

  • Graduate students in the fields of library and information science, archival management, and records management.  

  • College students in the fields of history, American Studies, communications, digital media, and other relevant fields.

Academic internships will be tailored to a student’s academic needs and the NYG&B’s institutional goals.  Interested students should e-mail a resume and cover letter to intern@nygbs.org. Interviews are required. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis as internships are available year-round.

College and High School Internships

The NYG&B is pleased to offer several six-week and eight-week internships for college and high school students. Internships are typically four days a week; college internships come with a stipend of $100 per week.  While summer internships are the most popular, the NYG&B welcomes interns year-round and will work with students to accommodate their school schedule.  

Interns will play a key role in the development of content for our publications and our website.  Specific tasks include compiling, proofreading, and fact-checking guides to conducting research in New York State; preparing and uploading content -- from historical documents to digital books -- to the NYG&B’s website; and assisting with membership, marketing, education, and administrative projects.  Interns will be given hands-on opportunities to develop valuable skills through exposure to the many aspects of digitizing documents, social media research and marketing, website development and search engine optimization, current and historical research, and the Raiser’s Edge, a membership database that is widely used by nonprofit organizations and schools. 

As part of its commitment to engage young people in family history research, the NYG&B offers interns the option to spend up to five hours per week on an independent research project relating to their own family or community histories, under the guidance of NYG&B staff. 

Qualifications

Successful candidates must demonstrate attention to detail, good organizational skills, a comfort with technology, and an enthusiasm for history and research.  In addition, good writing skills and experience with social and digital media will be helpful.  Training will be provided on the Raiser’s Edge database and Content DM digital management system; any prior knowledge of these programs would be an asset.

How to Apply

Interested students should e-mail a resume and cover letter to intern@nygbs.org. Interviews are required. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis as internships are available year-round.  

How to Sponsor an Intern

A number of NYG&B supporters underwrite the stipends paid to interns. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Cathy Michelsen at 212-755-8532 ext. 208, or send an email to intern@nygbs.org.