Employment Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions
Volunteer Opportunities

Full-time Positions

There are no full-time positions available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 

Internship Opportunities

Please check back for information about graduate internships in the Library, for students currently enrolled in MLIS programs.

Retail Branding & Product Development Intern

The Gift Shop at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is focused on curating and designing a selection of books, gifts and souvenirs that reflect the unique character of our borough and serves to educate visitors about the history and culture of Brooklyn. The Retail Branding & Product Development Internship at Brooklyn Historical Society will allow the intern to gain general experience with product development, display, merchandising and marketing. The program runs for 9 weeks.  Interns work a 35-hour week, and receive a total pay of $3,300. In 2014, the program will run from June 5 through August 8. Applicants must meet financial aid qualifications (see below) and either be attending a college in one of the five boroughs of New York City, or be a NYC resident.

The Retail Branding & Product Development intern will help develop exhibition specific retail products and online marketing campaigns deployed throughout the year to support and advertise new and current exhibitions at BHS.  The goal of our product development is to make our brand and collection more visible and accessible to the public. The intern will work with artifacts from our new exhibition Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom, as well with a postcard collection from our permanent collection, to research important images and content that can be used for product development and design. Through the internship he or she can learn how museum products are identified, designed, sourced and produced. The ARTS intern will also research innovative online marketing ideas specifically for our new Gift Shop. Additionally, the intern will contribute content to our “Brooklyn Makers” feature on BHS’s blog and assist with weekly online promotions across a variety of social media platforms.  

Throughout the internship, the student will learn about retail product design, display and marketing. They will assist the Retail Coordinator in creating visually appealing retail displays and merchandize new products as they are received.  He or she will also learn to source materials and services for new products. The Arts Intern will have the opportunity to work inside The Othmer Library, a nationally recognized research library and interior landmark. At the end of the internship the intern will have both a general understanding of how a museum store operates and a handful of products designs they have worked on for their portfolio. 

BHS is seeing an intern who has completed coursework in visual/graphic design, product design, visual culture, history, museum or cultural studies. Ideally, they will have experience in a retail environment or within a museum or cultural organization.  Most importantly, they will have demonstrated an interest in working for an arts or cultural organization. The intern should have strong writing and organizational skills, be able to work independently to conduct research as well as contribute to departmental conversations, ask questions, and generally be part of the intellectual and administrative life of the department. Experience with technology and social media is essential. Visual or graphic design skills are a huge plus! The intern will be responsible for creating a blog post, signage for the store, merchandizing and research each week.
Please read application directions on Studio in a School’s Website: http://www.artsintern.org/bk-historical-society---retail.html

 Interested candidates who meet all eligibility requirements should submit all parts of their applications by email with ARTS INTERN in the subject line to the contact below. Please see below for more details. 

Apply to: Lindsay Palmer Vint, Visitor Services and Retail Coordinator

Program Eligibility

-  Students must be attending a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City, or must be residents of New York City.  There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

-  Applicants must be enrolled full time, entering their sophomore, junior or senior year as candidates for an undergraduate degree. College graduates are not eligible to participate in the program.

-  Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting appropriate documentation along with their application (see part 3 of the application).

-  Accepted interns commit to participate in all group programs offered by the program and complete all 9 weeks of the internship.

-  Applicants may be accepted from all areas of undergraduate study and need not have experience in the arts or prior experience.

Deadlines: Positions are open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

How to Apply

Potential interns submit their applications directly to the participating institutions from the list of available positions. Email your complete application with the subject line 'ARTS  INTERN' to the appropriate contact person in the position listing. Do NOT submit an application to ARTS Intern! 

Applications must include the following:

  1. cover letter describing your interest in the arts as well as the specific position they are applying for.
  2. resume detailing your work and education experience, including any awards or distinctions they may have received.
  3. Financial Aid Qualification: Students should have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the most recent academic year. Their Student Aid Report (SAR) must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,000 or less. Candidates will submit their SAR as a PDF document along with their cover letter, resume, and transcript. Students who do not meet this qualification will not be considered for an interview.
  4. A copy of your most recent transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable in PDF form.
  5. A reference whom we may contact if you are selected for an interview.
Program Details

The program runs for 9 weeks.  Interns work a 35-hour week, and receive a total pay of $3,300. In 2014, the program will run from June 5 through August 8.

Interns also attend weekly visits to participating institutions.  ARTS INTERN coordinates programs that highlight the cultural offerings of and challenges facing institutions in New York City.  Past programs have included curatorial tours of
exhibitions, panel discussions, programming workshops, and presentations by speakers in various museum departments and careers.

These museum visits include unique, behind-the-scenes looks at museum operations, presentations by senior staff and curators, and panels featuring young museum professionals.  Following these visits, assignments are posted on our blog.  All interns must respond to these postings and participate in the on-line discussion about museum visits, presentations, and exhibitions.

In addition to blog postings, interns must complete a report midway through the program and a final report. Weekly time-sheets must be completed on a timely basis.  All of these items are required, including the weekly blog entries, in order for interns to be paid the full stipend.

Therefore, this internship includes work that may need to be completed beyond the usual workplace hours.  Students who are not prepared for this workload should not apply to the ARTS Intern program.

Oral History Interns

There are no oral history internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 

Volunteer Opportunities

BHS accepts volunteers on a rolling basis.  Please download an application, and email this with all supporting materials to lpalmer@brooklynhistory.org or mail to:

Lindsay Palmer
Attn: Volunteer Positions
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you are interested in volunteering in the Othmer Library, please email your application to Liz Call at reference@brooklynhistory.org.