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Discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.

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.


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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
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Susan Waterfall
Robie and Scott Spector
Keith Haring Foundation
Con Edison
Sara Lee Schupf
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
Richard Reiss
Barker Welfare Foundation
Consulate General of the Netherlands
Dan W. Lufkin
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Lori and Mark Fife
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.



Be a history changemaker! Use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct teen-led research on undertold yet highly relevant histories, on topics you care about. Learn about the history of activists and social movements and discuss how knowledge of history can inform change-making in the present. Work with historian mentors and take trips to history archives around the city to help support your work. Develop leadership skills as you lead gallery tours and produce creative digital projects that cover culturally representative stories that aren’t well represented in our history books today. 

Open to: High school students, entering grades 10, 11, or 12. 

Interns who attend a Title 1 School or are eligible for free or reduced lunch will 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. We anticipate that we’re going to be virtual, but it’s possible that we will be in person. We accept 25 interns per cohort.

Upcoming Student Historian Internships: 

October 20, 2021 – June 15, 2022 every Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).

Applications closed on September 26. Please consider our other programs and check back in the spring for applications for the summer session.

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 open on August 20, 2021, and are due by September 26, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET 
  • Select applicants will be invited to participate in interviews held at several times between August 30 and October 1, 2021  
  • Final selections will be made by October 11

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be in grades 10, 11, or 12.
  • Applicants must live in and attend school in the New York City metro area (includes the five boroughs of New York City, as well as areas of New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey).
  • Applicants must have parent/guardian consent to apply for this program.  
  • If accepted, interns must have a valid employment certificate (“working papers”) by the start of the program.  For more information about obtaining working papers, visit here.

Questions? Contact hs.internships@nyhistory.org.

Major support for the 2021 Student Historian Internship Program is provided by Richard Reiss and the Pinkerton Foundation. Additional support provided by the GWG Foundation and Placer Partners and Ray Lent, Managing Partner.  



Returning Student Historians, Tech Scholars, and Scholars have the opportunity to participate in paid internships as Teen Leaders, who work in one of two departments: 

  • Education Teen Leaders create digital projects and videos that will be used professionally by New-York Historical Society, and will be on display in museum exhibitions and websites.  Teen Leaders are mentored by museum staff to research the historical information, find assets, and write the content. They also work with technology consultants to design and build the digital interactive. Offered during the school year and summer!
  • 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 New York State minimum wage: $15 per hour.  

Questions? Contact teens@nyhistory.org.

Internship Dates
October 19, 2021 – June 7, 2022 every Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:30 pm (excluding NYC public school holidays).  

Applications closed on September 26. Please consider our other programs and check back in the spring for applications for the summer session.

Major support for Teen Leaders in 2021 provided by the Pinkerton Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.

Explore work produced by former Teen Leaders:

Women Activists Digital Interactive: 

This digital interactive features the biographies of instrumental figures in women’s activism over the past 200 years. Teen Leaders worked with New-York Historical Society curators to choose individuals, conduct research, and write the bios. They also worked with professional graphic media designers at Unified Field Media to design the interactive. This digital interactive is currently available online.

Women and the American Story (WAMS) Animated Videos: 

These animated videos feature the powerful stories of women in history including Zitkala-Sa, Emma Tenayuca, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Elizabeth Freeman.  Teen Leaders worked with New-York Historical historians and the professional animation production company Makematic to conduct research, write the scripts and storyboards, and produce the videos.  The videos are currently available on the Women and the American Story (WAMS) curriculum website as well as New-York Historical Society’s YouTube.




Creative: Tronvig Group