Internships

Hamilton Scholars is pleased to offer the following internship opportunities for our Scholars:

Independent Internship Support Program

Focus Area: Scholar Selected

Location: Scholar Selected

Deadline: Sunday, April 21, 2019

AHS offers funding to Hamilton Scholars through our selective Independent Internship Support Program. Because many worthwhile internships are unpaid or underpaid, and in recognition that financial obstacles may prevent students from interning away from home or school, we will offer financial support to selected Hamilton Scholars who secure their own internships.

Who Should Apply: 

The Independent Internship Support Program is open to Hamilton Scholars who are rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors and have completed a full two years of the Hamilton Empowerment Program, including attending at least one Leader Week. Preference will be given to Scholars who have completed a majority of program elements and have not received internship funding from AHS previously.

Internship Requirements: 

To be considered for this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • An offer letter or communication indicating a secured internship, or will receive an internship if you are chosen to receive funding through the Independent Internship Support Program

  • An internship secured for summer of 2017, working at least 30 hours/week for a minimum of six weeks

  • An internship supervisor from the internship organization who will be a point of contact for Hamilton Scholars staff

  • Completion of a program evaluation form

  • Submit a supervisor evaluation form

  • Submit a final budget-to-actual report demonstrating how your award funds were used.

Award Information:

Scholars may request any amount within reason and relative to comparable pay of interns in similar positions and/or cost of living in internship location. The funds should be intended for one or more of the following uses: living expenses such as housing, transportation, or other costs associated with the internship. Additionally, as part of their request, Scholars may request AHS cover up to 80% of any tuition associated with internship college credit expenses if applicable. 

When a Scholar is selected for the program, recipients will receive 70% of an agreed upon stipend upfront with the remaining 30% being awarded upon completion of the summer internship program.

**Award funds are limited and will be determined and distributed in an attempt to support as many Scholars with demonstrated need as possible. Funding is not guaranteed.

To apply:

Please send the following in one email to program@hamiltonscholars.org.

  1. A copy of your most recent resume

  2. The name and contact information for your anticipated internship supervisor

  3. A copy of your offer letter or other proof of your secured internship,

  4. A copy of the completed budget form (Download here) outlining the amount of money you are requesting and explaining how you plan to use the money.

  5. A document answering the questions listed below:

  • Describe the internship you plan to complete this summer. What is the focus of your internship, and what specific skills do you expect to learn? (250 words)

  • How will your summer internship fit into your personal development plan? What goals will it help you achieve? (250 words)

  • Have you received AHS independent internship support funding previously? If yes, what year?

Applications must be received by 11:59pm PST Sunday, April 21st, 2019.  Please put Independent Internship Support Program in the subject line. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. 

New-York Historical Society Internship Program

Focus Area: Education

Location: New York, NY

Application Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019

The New-York Historical Society Internship Program is a competitive program that sends at least one Hamilton Scholar to intern at the New-York Historical Society for eight weeks each summer. This paid internship will help students gain general work experience, build real-world skills, and give them the opportunity to explore their professional interests more fully, while also experiencing life in New York City.

Who Should Apply:

The New-York Historical Society Internship Program is open to Hamilton Scholars who are rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors and have completed a full two years of the Hamilton Scholars program, including attending at least one Leader Week.

A strong candidate must possess the following qualities:

  • a strong interest in history and the desire to pursue a career associated with historical work

  • administrative computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)

  • a positive can-do attitude

  • an ability to communicate and work well with others

  • an ability to work independently

  • an interest in living in New York

Internship Placement:

Applicants can apply for a position in the department of their choosing at the New-York Historical Society. Past opportunities at N-YHS have included:

  • Communications/Public Relations Intern – Interns in the Communications Department assist staff with the all aspects of communicating with the press and the public, including writing press releases, developing brochure copy, and researching, developing, and implementing marketing and outreach plans. Interns in this area should have excellent writing and organizational skills.

  • Education Intern – Interns in the Education Department assist with the creation of school programs and teacher professional development materials and sessions in addition to supplying administrative support. Applicants interested in interning in the Education Department should specify in a cover letter the level of education of most interest (elementary school, middle school, high school, teacher or adult learners). Interns in this area should have excellent writing and organizational skills.

  • Visitor Services Intern – Interns in the Visitor Services department assist staff in developing and implementing projects that are designed to improve the quality of the visitor experience in the Museum and to make sure that all the public spaces and exhibitions are accessible. These Interns will help to maintain and update N-YHS accessibility programming by completing tasks that will include assisting with the production of audio tours to help visually and hearing-impaired visitors experience the Museum, creating and maintaining Large Print versions of all exhibition text, ensuring that the New-York Historical Society is in compliance with ADA regulations, and researching and monitoring industry best practices related to accessibility. Prospective candidates should have an interest in working with the general public and have strong computer skills. Interest or a background in working individuals with disabilities is a plus, as are technology skills including audio recording/editing.

  • Development Intern - This hands-on position in a small, fast-paced fundraising office requires an organized, upbeat, and motivated intern with an interest in gaining experience in a variety of roles, including membership, individual giving, and institutional giving. This internship is perfect for someone seeking an introduction to all aspects of a busy cultural development office operating within a vibrant museum, and can also qualify for school credit.

  • Family Programs Intern - The Family Programs intern must be earning a degree in Art History, History, Museum Education or a related field, with an interest in working with families in a museum. The intern will assist with researching, marketing, preparing materials for, and staffing family programs in the New-York Historical Society and DiMenna Children’s History Museum, including our annual Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Family Benefit Party programs. By the end of the internship, they will have gained experience with all aspects of developing and leading out-of-school-time programs for families for a variety of audiences. The intern will also work on a semester long project related to the Reading into History Family Book Club and the New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize. We require excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Work schedule:

This program runs from Monday, June 17th to Friday, August 9th. Interns will work approximately 35 hours/week, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Fridays, interns will attend a lunch lecture and then spend the remainder of the day on field trips to cultural institutions around the city. This is an 8-week internship.

Compensation:

Interns will be paid a stipend of $3000 or receive academic credit, depending on the intern’s school requirements. Hamilton Scholars who are selected for the N-YHS Internship Program may also apply for additional funding through the Independent Internship Support Program to cover housing and summer expenses (e.g., airfare to New York, transportation, groceries, laundry). Housing arrangements and all other costs are the intern’s responsibility.

To apply:

Please visit the New-York Historical Society Internship page for detailed information about available internships and required application materials. Please email these materials to internships@nyhistory.org, and copy program@hamiltonscholars.org. Be sure to mention somewhere in the cover letter that you are a Hamilton Scholar. Please note that Hamilton Scholars receive priority within the N-YHS Education Department. For other departments, Scholars are part of the general applicant pool.

We encourage Scholars to submit resumes and cover letters to the Hamilton Scholars staff for review prior to sending the materials to N-YHS. If you would like help or suggestions on how to make your application stronger, please contact us at program@hamiltonscholars.org.