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Posted: 08/27/2015

Brooklyn Historical Society
Public History

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Public History Intern
Internship Opportunity
Brooklyn, NY

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.


Internship Duties

·         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.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Send your resume, cover letter, short writing sample (5 pages or less; humanities-, research-, or history-related), and availability to apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Public History Internship” in the subject line.

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