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Full-time & Part-time Positions

Part Time Educator
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally recognized urban history center, museum and library dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.

Since 2011, BHS has also offered school programs in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 (BLDG 92) is a museum and visitor center that serves as a gateway to the community through permanent and rotating exhibitions. BLDG 92 explores the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s rich and illustrious history, its evolution to become a national model for sustainable industrial parks and its continuing role as a vital economic, manufacturing and cultural hub of Brooklyn. Housed in the renovated 1857 Marine Commandant’s residence with a modern extension, BLDG 92 educates the public about the significant role the Brooklyn Navy Yard has played, and continues to play, in the social, economic, environmental, and historic fabric of the United States and Brooklyn.

The Education Department at BHS will be hiring a select group of highly qualified educators to join the BHS team in supporting the education department administratively, and leading tours and offsite outreach programs in NYC schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Educators may be chosen to lead programs at BHS or at the Brooklyn Navy Yard depending on their availability and qualifications. 

Responsibilities:
• Conduct exhibit-based tours for K-12 students and some adult & college groups at Brooklyn Historical Society and/or the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
• Lead student workshops based on BHS curriculum materials in schools throughout Brooklyn
• Assist with implementation of teacher professional learning workshops
• Other tour-related administrative duties as assigned; i.e. confirming tours with bookers, refreshing didactic materials, revising tour outlines

Qualifications:
• B.A. in history, education, arts administration, museum studies, science education or other related field (M.A./M.S. preferred but not required)
• Prior experience teaching K-12 students in museums, classrooms, or other informal settings
• Interest in and working knowledge of U.S. history (Brooklyn history knowledge preferred)
• Willingness to travel to all parts of Brooklyn and throughout NYC via public or other transportation
• Cultural competency and ability to communicate well with diverse groups of learners
• Ability to assimilate large amounts of information quickly
• Punctuality and dependability

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Multiple language fluency a plus
• Active in related professional organizations (NYCMER, etc.) a plus

Schedule/Time Commitment:
• Educators work between one and four days/week, during the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with the opportunity for afternoon afterschool work throughout the year. Educators have a set amount of guaranteed hours per week for all positions.
• All educators must make a commitment for the 2016-2017 school year (September – June)
• All BHS educators must complete mandatory BHS & BNY training (paid) before leading tours. Training will be held during the weeks of September 19 and September 26.

Compensation and Benefits:
• $25/hour for programs, $18/hour for training
• NYCMER Institutional Membership
• Paid sick leave in accordance with NYC law
• Free/discounted admission to BHS Public Programs; 20% discount at museum shop
• Opportunity for additional project-based work (Afterschool programs, etc.)

To apply:
Write “Part Time Educator” in the subject line and email a resume and cover letter detailing your availability and interest to apply@brooklynhistory.org.

Application deadline: August 5, 2016 by 5:00 pm
Interviews: Scheduled during the week of August 15, between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm
Start Date: September 19, 2016

Posting Date
July 12, 2016

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Events Associate (Part-time)
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an outgoing individual with experience in customer service, catering, or special events to join our events team. The Events Associate will assist with weekend and weeknight events, including private rentals and public programs, as needed. In general, shifts will be weekend evenings from 5:00pm to 1:00am, and weekday evening shifts, typically 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Hours will vary weekly, dependent on Brooklyn Historical Society's event schedule, so the ideal candidate will be highly flexible.

This is a great opportunity to become involved with a growing cultural organization in Brooklyn, and gain experience in a historic museum's public programming series and rental business!

The Events Associate will assist with customer service, operations and safety at the front desk, library, and galleries.

These duties will include:
• Meet and greet public in courteous, professional, and accessible manner.
• Direct private events staff and deliveries.
• Direct visitors to appropriate public areas throughout the building.
• Monitor the safety of BHS's historic building and collections.
• Provide general information regarding the Brooklyn Historical Society to event attendees.
• Assist Public Programs and Development departments with event set-up and breakdown as needed.
• Assist serving refreshments during special events.
• Assist with check-in at public events.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, outgoing, and an excellent team player, with a previous working knowledge of special events and museums.

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
April 7, 2016

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Requests for Project-based Proposals

Request for Proposal: Development of Wordpress Media Gallery Tool

Overview
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from Wordpress developers to develop a tool within the Wordpress media gallery to import and display Dublin-core metadata generated from PastPerfect Museum Software in the form of xml.
 
BHS creates Dublin-core metadata using PastPerfect Museum Software and will populate the customized media gallery with an xml report on a periodic basis that will create new records and modify existing records.  Records will represent photographs, fine art, artifacts, oral histories, archival documents, and films.
 
Proposals incorporating both this RFP and the RFP for Wordpress MIcrosite Network are welcomed.

Target audience
The audience for the Wordpress media gallery tool is BHS staff and the developer community.  BHS does not currently employ an in-house developer, web designer, website manager, programmer, or IT support.  Therefore, the tool should be developed in such a way that Collections Staff and/or Content Curators can populate the Wordpress media gallery after initial setup and testing and create additional micro-sites that utilize the customized Wordpress media gallery without IT support.
 
Purpose
The goal of this tool is to capitalize on rich metadata created in PastPerfect and make it available in other online access tools that could include aesthetic, interpretation, curation, navigation, and functionality components through a static and repetitious, but streamlined workflow.

Scope of work
• The developer will work with BHS staff and PastPerfect to generate a functioning xml report from PastPerfect
• The tool will be designed so that fields may be set to display/not display unique to each microsite
• The developer will consider how the tool will handle the modification of existing records along with the entry of new records added to the data set
• The developer will create documentation and make the tool freely available to the developer and WP communities
• The developer should consider that three different websites, with different purposes, functions, and appearances, will be utilizing this tool immediately after it is developed (for examples of BHS microsites, see: http://www.brooklynhistory.org/exhibitions/lefferts/, http://www.teacharchives.org/)
• The developer will work with the microsite designer to ensure the tool functions and to document how the tool will work for future microsites

Format for proposal
All proposals should contain 1) a section outlining, among other topics, how the technical specifications will be met, the method and schedule for testing and review; 2) a section describing costs and time for the work to be performed; and 3) a section highlighting sample work.
 
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience using WordPress and developing WP plug-ins.  The candidate should be highly skilled in HTML, CSS, and some PHP/Javascript.
 
All work that results from this project are property of BHS; we will require a consultant agreement.

Proposal deadline
All proposals for consideration must be received by Monday, June 20, 2016. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline
July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016
 
Proposal Submission information and contact for any questions
Julie I.  May, Managing Director of Library & Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
jmay@brooklynhistory.org
 
To apply, please provide a proposal that includes a description of workflow and a detailed timeline with milestones, review period, revisions, and costs.  Include a cover letter explaining your interest in the project; a link to a portfolio with samples of previous work; and the names and contact information of three references.
 
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $7,000 - $10,000.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

 

Request for Proposal: Design and development for Wordpress Microsites Network

Overview
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is currently seeking proposals from Wordpress developers to set up a Wordpress Multisite network that utilizes a custom Wordpress media gallery tool (see RFP for Wordpress Media Gallery) and design three microsites incorporating metadata, assets, and textual content.
 
Proposals incorporating both this RFP and the RFP for Wordpress Media Gallery tool are welcomed.

Target audience
The audience for the Wordpress microsites include museum-goers, history enthusiasts, teachers, students, and researchers.  Functional displays of content will allow them to access and explore rich archival material from remote locations. It will entice users in the New York area to visit Othmer Library to access BHS’s remarkable collections. In structure and content, the tool and microsites may serve as a template for future digital BHS endeavors.

Scope of work
• Designer will work with BHS staff and Media Gallery Tool developer to create three networked microsites.
        • Microsite #1:  Oral History catalog. The first microsite to be created will consist of brief descriptions of oral history collections and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer plugin to allow for searching and listening or audio.
        • Microsite #2: Packer Collegiate Institute interpretive website. The Packer website will include a multipage interpretive narrative and an image gallery drawing on assets from the custom Wordpress media gallery tool.  It will incorporate photographs, video, PDF attachments, and archival documents.
        • Microsite #3: Voices of Crown Heights. The Voices of Crown Heights website will  a multipage interpretive narrative alongside oral history interviews, presented as both excerpts on Soundcloud embedded within the narrative, as well as complete interviews drawn from the Oral History catalog. In addition, it will incorporate photographs, video, PDF attachments, and archival documents. All assets will be drawn from the custom Wordpress media gallery tool.
 
• BHS creates Dublin-core metadata using PastPerfect Museum Software and will populate the customized Wordpress media gallery with an xml report on a periodic basis that will create new records and modify existing records.  Records will represent photographs, fine art, artifacts, oral histories, archival documents, and films.
• The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience using WordPress and developing WP plug-ins.  The candidate should be highly skilled in HTML, CSS, and some PHP/Javascript
• All work that results from this project are property of BHS; we will require a consultant agreement
• All intellectual content and digital images will be provided by BHS

Format for proposal
All proposals should contain 1) a section outlining, among other topics, how the technical specifications will be met, the accuracy thresholds expected, and the quality assurance procedures to be used; 2) a section describing costs and time for the work to be performed; and 3) a section featuring sample work.

Proposal deadline
All proposals for consideration must be received by Monday, June 20, 2016. We plan to commence the project immediately after hiring the developer.

Completed work deadline
Oral history catalog: August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016
Packer Collegiate Institute WP site: September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Voices of Crown Heights WP site: January 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017
 
Proposal Submission information and contact for any questions:
Julie I.  May, Managing Director of Library & Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
jmay@brooklynhistory.org
 
To apply, please provide a proposal that includes a description of workflow and a detailed timeline with milestones, review period, revisions, and costs.  Include a cover letter explaining your interest in the project; a link to a portfolio with samples of previous work; and the names and contact information of three references.
 
Proposals will be accepted within a cost range of $18,000 - $20,000.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
 


Internship Opportunities

Library & Archives    Public Programs & Communications     Development 
Public History    Education    Retail

Library & Archives Interns

Acquisitions Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Acquisitions Intern for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist with the creation of accession records for recent acquisitions; preparation of incoming collections for Collection Committee review/approval; and preparation of the deeds of gift for formal addition to the collections at Brooklyn Historical Society. This is an opportunity to engage in the early stages of archival management with incoming collections, to correspond with donors, and consider intellectual property issues in a research environment prior to processing and access. Intern will gain familiarity with an accessioning as processing approach.

Responsibilities
Under the supervision of Julie May, Managing Director of the Library & Archives, intern will assist with the management of incoming collections from acquisition through processing including:

• Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying
• Modify templated deeds of gifts, taking into consideration the specifics of individual collections and donor specifications
• Complete the physical and electronic accession record with documentation, collection inventory, and location designation
• Manage incoming born-digital collections
• Create finding aids at a minimum processing level of description

Requirements
• Interns must be available 2 days a week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm)
• Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description course
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies
• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail
• Must be able to lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS systems; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit and/or ArchivesSpace
• Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history

Compensation
This internship is unpaid and intended to fulfill course credit requirements for an internship and practicum. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Acquisitions Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
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.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.


Posting Date
July 20, 2016

 

Archival Processing Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Archival Processing Intern for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist with the processing of BHS archival collections. Candidates must have taken at least one course in archival concepts, or be enrolled in an archival course during their first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position.

Responsibilities
• Perform basic rehousing and minimal description or inventorying.
• Contribute to a finding aid; create additional access points and content guides.
• Apply basic preservation techniques to archival records, including encapsulating fragile material and rehousing oversized material.
• Assist with basic collection management, including numbering of folders and boxes.
• Arrange and describe a related collection, and author a finding aid in Archivist Toolkit.
• Intern will be expected to contribute to BHS’s blog.

Requirements
• Interns must be available one day a week (9:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
• Significant coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archival studies and completion of an archival description courses.
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
• Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong organization and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
• Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications
• Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems
• Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
• Familiarity with EAD and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
• Experience in developing local taxonomies.
• Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
Internships are unpaid and are intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Processing Internship [last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
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.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.


Posting Date
July 15, 2016

Oral History Paid Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking two Oral History Interns for fall 2016 who will assist the Oral History Project Archivist with the processing of BHS’s oral history collections as part of Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity, a project to digitize, process, and make available online ten oral history collections with funding by National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the United States National Archives and Records Administration. 

The paid internship will provide training and hands-on experience in all stages of processing oral histories: research, rights assessment, auditing, transcribing, indexing, online publishing using digital tools, and item-level and collection-level description. In addition, interns will be among the first to access some of BHS's previously unavailable oral history collections that document the diverse histories of Brooklyn. 

Candidates must have taken at least one graduate-level course in oral history, public history, or archival concepts; or be enrolled in a similar course the first semester of the internship to be eligible for the position.

Responsibilities
• Conduct background research on subjects related to collections.
Assist with rights-assessment: review release forms and research narrators to update permissions.
• Audit audio recordings, reformat, review and proofread transcripts, and create index logs of at least two interviews per week.
• Draft brief biographical and scope and content notes, assign Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords to interviews, and transcribe metadata.
• Complete online synchronization of audio recordings to transcripts/indices using Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) tool.
• Assist with completion of finding aids.

Requirements
• Availability of 2 days a week (9:00am – 5:00pm) including an hour for lunch.
• Coursework towards the completion of a Masters in Oral History, Public History, or Archival Management.
• Extremely organized, detail-oriented.
• Effective oral and written communication skills; command of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word.
• Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner

Preferred Qualifications
• Fluency in Spanish.
• Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets.
• Experience working with controlled vocabularies and archival arrangement & description.
• Familiarity with and/or interest in histories of Brooklyn neighborhoods, New York City, immigration, ethnic communities, public health, and/or racial and social justice.
• Knowledge of oral history best practices.
• Familiarity with OHMS.
• Availability to continue through January 2017.


Compensation
Internships are paid and intended to fulfill course credit requirements for internships and practicums.

To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Oral History Internship [your last name] before the deadline of July 30, 2016. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

About Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity is a project to digitize, process, and catalogue ten oral history collections that document different ethnic and cultural groups in Brooklyn. Some of these collections date back as early as 1973; and they all demonstrate how diverse communities sought to preserve vital social, political, religious, and even culinary traditions while embracing new identities as Brooklynites, New Yorkers, and Americans.

The chief goals of the project are to digitize and process the collections, catalogue them through item-level descriptions as well as collection-level finding aids, and post as many as possible online using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)—an innovative online application that makes the content of interviews searchable, and therefore more accessible. A final goal of the project is to use each collection as the basis for increased community and public engagement through outreach, social media, online publishing, and programming.

This project is generously funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
For more information on our oral history collections, visit
http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.

Posting Date:
July 7, 2016

Cataloging Intern

Description 

The Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking a Cataloging Intern for a challenging and substantive, year-long cataloging internship. Reporting directly to the Digital Asset Associate, this position will entail enhancement of archival description using Archivists’ Toolkit and the creation or modification of item-level catalog records using Past Perfect Museum Software.  This position will also include writing and publishing blog posts related to the collection as it’s cataloged. While a technical position, it offers a variety of tasks and access to rare materials within a historical museum and research library.

Responsibilities

     Create item-level records using Past Perfect Museum Software
● Modify collection-level record to accommodate digitized materials
● Special projects in support of photographic and archival collections
● Promote the collection through frequent blog posts

Requirements

     Candidate should have significant coursework towards completion of a Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management, Museum Studies, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, User Experience, or Digital Management for Cultural Heritage or Rare Books and Special Collections in the Digital World.
● Experience handling rare and delicate archival materials preferred
● Familiarity with Archivists’ Toolkit, Wordpress, Past Perfect Museum Software preferred
● Completion of at least one course in archival description required

Compensation

A stipend will be provided for the duration of the internship.

The schedule is one day per week during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply

Those with an interest in history, background in digitization, and work experience or formal training in library science/archival management should email a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org with a subject line of Cataloging Internship [last name] 

Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016

About Brooklyn Historical Society

This opportunity is funded by a grant from Gerry Charitable Trust to digitally preserve and catalog scrapbooks and photographs by Eugene L. Armbruster (1865-1943) that depict scenes from Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Kings County, New York. Armbruster was a Brooklyn-based amateur historian and photographer, publishing several books and pamphlets focusing primarily on the New York City area. Within this collection are approximately 1,440 individual photographs and seventeen scrapbook albums, containing over 4,000 pages. The intern will play an important role in making the materials widely accessible.

Posting Date:
July 11, 2016


Public Programs & Communications Interns

There are no positions available at this time.


Development Interns

Development Internships
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 2 interns for the winter-spring semester to work in our Development Department.  The successful candidates will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors.  Internship may be extended to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•    Administrative:  Conduct research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel around the city.

•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with events. Interview participants, write and format blog posts on Wordpress. Help prepare guest lists; act as liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed.

•    Private Events: Assist Private Events Manager with venue marketing and communications assist with vendor research, help prepare venue set up logistics.

•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects as assigned.

Skills and Experience
Candidate must have excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills and an interest in non-profits. Prior office experience and knowledge of Excel, Word, and Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter) are necessary.  Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raisers Edge experience are a plus but not required. Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 14-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary/Compensation

Unpaid, but credit may be obtained for participation in this program; interns are expected to make a commitment to a full summer and/or semester of work.
Published credits on the BHS blog website.

Includes free unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to other NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794.  One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required. 

Posting Date
December 16, 2015


Public History Interns

There are no positions available at this time.


Education Interns


There are no positions available at this time.

Retail Interns


Museum Retail & Product Development Internship
About the Position
Museum retail is an exciting and fast growing aspect of current museum practice. Thanks to a major interior renovation completed in 2013, Brooklyn Historical Society has an expanded retail space and new welcome center. This internship will reflect two key areas in our expanding retail operation: new product development and store promotion. Through the internship experience you will be exposed to front-of-house merchandising and display, general retail practice, and inventory and money management systems. However, the majority of the internship will focus on gaining hands-on experience in the development and production of new branded and exhibition-based retail products that support our mission and define our brand. You will work closely with our Retail Manager to identify, design, source, and produce new products that represent key aspects of our collection as well as support upcoming exhibitions series. You will work independently on product sourcing and research projects as well as attend department meetings and assist in daily retail operations. Additionally, you will sharpen your communications and marketing skills by creating content for print and online marketing opportunities. Each week you will create content for social media features, advertising new products, promotions, and store offerings. You will have a central role in creating content for two monthly blog features: “Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers” and “Staff Picks.” In order to research and write these entries, you will conduct staff and “maker” interviews and prepare final print and online communications. By the end of the internship you will have gained a general understanding of how a retail department is managed within a museum environment as well as gained a deep understanding of how products are bought, designed, sourced and marketed to the museum audience.

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assist with sourcing and development of new collection-based merchandise.
•    Research new vendor partnerships.
•    Research marketing and promotional trends using social media.
•    Create content for online and print store marketing, communications and blog features.
•    Set up online promotions.
•    Conduct research in audience development and community outreach.
•    In-store merchandising and display.
•    Inventory and stock management.


Qualifications

•    College students, graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
•    Strong written communication and research skills.
•    Pleasant phone manner.
•    Must be organized and able to work independently on tasks.
•    Candidates with prior marketing, retail, museum and experience preferred.


Hours and Duration
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking an intern for spring 2015.  Start and end dates are flexible, but the internship will be generally run through the spring semester: beginning late January or early February and ending May or June of 2015.  Days of the week are flexible and a specific schedule will be agreed upon if position is offered.

•    Minimum of 2-Maximum of 5 days a week, 8 hours per day.
•    Internships are unpaid, but can be applied toward course credit. Time commitment may be increased to meet course hour requirements.


How to Apply
Email Cover Letter, Current Resume & Professional References to: lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org.

Contact
Lindsay Palmer Vint
Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org


Posting Date

January 12th, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

BHS accepts volunteers on a quarterly basis.  Please download an application, and email volunteer@brooklynhistory.org with all supporting materials, or mail your application to the address below. Many departments only accept volunteers on a project basis (public history, curatorial, education and tours).  If there is not a listing below, we are not currently looking for volunteers in those departments at this time. Please check back!

Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org


About Brooklyn Historical Society
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.
 
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.