Education Mission

The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Altman Foundation
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Sherri and Darren Cohen
Deutsche Bank
Onassis Foundation USA
Rice Family Foundation
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
GWG Foundation
Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner
Henry Nias Foundation
an anonymous donor


Help us present groundbreaking exhibitions and develop educational programs about our nation's history for more than 200,000 schoolchildren annually.



Use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct exciting research and share your scholarship through creative digital projects. Meet with professional staff to learn about careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively with fellow students to develop public speaking and leadership skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen your understanding of American history and art. The theme of the program is We the People: Democracy from Athens to America.

Open to: High school students, entering grades 10, 11, 12 or their first year of college in Fall 2020. 

Interns with demonstrated financial need may be offered a stipend to participate. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.

Questions? Contact or 212-873-3400 Ext 361.

Upcoming Student Historian Internships: 

School Year Cohort:
October 2, 2019 – June 3, 2020 every Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Applications closed. 

Summer Cohort:
June 30 – August 6, 2020, Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm
Apply here by March 15, 2020!  

Selection Process and Timeline:
Please note: It is important that applicants regularly check the email addresses they provided to ensure they do not miss important correspondence.

  • Applications and Teacher Recommendations closed on March 15, 2020.
  • We will review all completed applications and will be in touch with all applicants by April 7, 2020.
  • Select applicants will be invited to participate in interviews held at several times between January 27 and April 10, 2020.
  • Final selections will be made by April 27, 2020

Major support for the 2019 Student Historian Internship Program is provided by Richard Reiss, the Onassis Foundation USA, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by the GWG Foundation and Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner.  



Returning Student Historian interns have the opportunity to participate in paid internships as Teen Leaders, who work in one of two departments: 

  • Education Teen Leaders create digital interactives that will be on display in museum exhibitions.  Interns work with museum curators to research the historical information, find assets and write the script for the digital interactive.  They also work with technology consultants to design and build the digital interactive. 
  • Family Programs Teen Leaders meet throughout the academic year to support DiMenna Children’s History Museum’s programming. Explore the Family Programs calendar.

All Teen Leaders are compensated at minimum wage.

Internship Dates

School Year: October 1, 2019 – June 2, 2020 every Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).  Application closed. 

Summer: July 1 – August 14, 2020 every Wednesday and Friday, and select other days.

Major support for Teen Leaders in 2020 provided by the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.

Teen Historians Blog
Keep up to date with how teens are making history at the New-York Historical Society. Learn about the students in our current programs, connect with alumni pursuing their academic and professional careers, and explore the stories they have uncovered and the materials they have created.

Explore current and past Teen Leader-designed and facilitated exhibitions:
Changing Currents: The Hudson River in Motion, online.
Out of Many, One: American Civics and Citizenship, July 7 – September 30, 2018
Battle for the Ballot: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York, July 8 – October 1, 2017
Audubon: Birdman for a Fledgling Nation, July 2 – September 25, 2016
Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence, July 4 – September 27, 2015
NYC & the Civil War, July 5 – September 28, 2014
WWII & NYC: Photography and Propaganda, June 15 – September 2, 2013

Questions? Contact or 212-873-3400 Ext. 361.

Recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award


Creative: Tronvig Group