About the Position
BHSs Public History Department is seeking 1 2 interns to assist with the research and coordination of public history projects, including a major project on the history and future of the Brooklyn waterfront. We are looking for candidates who are problem-solvers and self-starters, who approach their research with thoroughness and attention to detail, and who are enthusiastic about making the critical themes of history accessible to the public.
· Work with Public History staff to conduct primary and secondary source research for upcoming BHS exhibitions and installations
· Conduct provenance and collection research using BHSs library and archives, as well as other local and online repositories
· Create and maintain object lists, bibliographies, and exhibition research files
· Work with Exhibitions staff on coordination of exhibitions, including assisting with exhibition planning and installation
· Write blog posts and participate in social media outreach
Skills and Experience
· Advanced undergraduate, recently-graduated undergraduate, or graduate student studying history or related subject
· Demonstrable archival research experience
· A strong understanding of the history and historiography of New York City and the United States
· Excellent writing skills
· Self-starting; willing to work independently or in a team
· Enthusiastic about public history and willing to acquire new skills and knowledge
· Some interpretive experience at a museum or historical society a plus
Hours and Benefits
Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours a week for a minimum of one semester. Most work will be done at BHSs Brooklyn Heights building, but the position can include some offsite work.
This is an unpaid internship, but does provide benefits including free, unlimited admission to BHSs Othmer Library, exhibitions, programs, and events; free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions; and a discount at BHS gift shop.