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Internships at Brooklyn Historical Society

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Full-time & Part-time Positions

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

Internship Opportunities

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

Library & Archives Interns

Library & Archives Intern (an ARTS Intern opportunity)
The Intern will work with various staff members in the Library & Archives Department on three distinct projects.

Fine Art Collection:
The intern will be responsible for conducting an inventory of the Museum’s fine art collection, including updating catalog records, generating condition reports, photographing artworks, and creating labels. The student will be working under the supervision of the Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar, and will be gain experience in museum registration, collection management, and collections care. He/she will be contributing to the preservation and long-term care of the collection.

Oral History:
The intern 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, catalogue, and make available online ten oral history collections. The student will receive training and hands-on experience in several stages of processing a 1990s oral history collection concerning Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The student will reformat digitized transcripts, research biographical details, and summarize or revise summaries of oral histories for item-level description. In addition, the intern will be one of the first to access some of BHS' previously unavailable oral history collections that document the diverse histories of Brooklyn.

The intern will assist the BHS Archivist with the processing of the records of the South Brooklyn Savings Bank (SBSB), a major community bank that was founded in 1850. The goal of the project is to complete a survey report of 26 record cartons of bank records and to assist the Archivist in developing a plan to integrate those materials into the collection’s finding aid. The intern will be introduced to the mission and function of archives, and will learn the processes which are used to make historic records available to the public. As a result of this project, the intern will have greatly assisted our institution in preserving and processing these important records.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills -
- Interest in collections management and/or U.S. history strongly desired
- Well-organized and detail oriented
- Computer proficient
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 30 lbs repeatedly

How to Apply
Please read the application requirements on the ARTS Intern website and then send all required information to Anna Schwartz, Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar, at aschwartz@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
March 2, 2016

Public Programs & Communications Interns

Summer Digital Marketing Internship
The Digital Marketing intern will assist the Programs & Communications team with the development and execution of a wide range of publicity and outreach initiatives. The intern will help create and implement innovative online messaging to increase BHS’s visibility, and build excitement about our ever-changing programs and exhibitions. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications and be part of an organization that is in the midst of exciting growth.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assisting in the creation and execution of the communications calendar
•    Monitoring, updating, and publishing new content for all social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
•    Designing digital promotional materials
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

Candidate Profile
Candidates must be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week. We strongly prefer that these hours be spent in our Brooklyn office. We will, however, consider a combination of in-office and remote work.

The ideal candidate has these qualifications:
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Is a current or recent college graduate, or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Self-starter with the ability to work independently or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

In addition to gaining experience working as part of a small, productive team and taking on responsibilities in non-profit digital brand messaging, benefits of this unpaid internship include free access to NYC museums and discounts in the BHS Gift Shop.
How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at mduncan@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Digital Marketing Internship” in the subject line.

Posting Date
March 2, 2016

Digital Marketing Intern (an ARTS Intern opportunity)
The Digital Marketing Intern will research and write three collections-based social media campaigns for Brooklyn Historical Society. The first is to begin our “What Am I?” series featuring details of objects in our collection asking readers to guess what the item is, the second is to re-start our #brooklynfacts tweets of information about Brooklyn, and the third is to create an editorial calendar of interesting items from our collection in connection with holidays and important anniversaries.

The Intern will gain valuable experience conducting research in our archives, he/she will hone their concise writing and storytelling skills in crafting the social media posts, and they will also improve their graphic design skills in creating the graphics to accompany the posts.

The Intern will need to already be familiar with and interested in conducting independent research. S/he will need to be a strong writer, preferably with an interest in exploring communications as part of her interest in museums or libraries. S/he will also need to be familiar with Photoshop. The Intern will be expected to work independently after having been introduced to our library and collection by one of our reference librarians, and will check in regularly with their supervisor on the progress of the projects.

How to Apply
Please read the application requirements on the ARTS Intern website and then send all required information to Meredith Duncan, Programs & Communications Manager, at mduncan@brooklynhistory.org.

Posting Date
March 2, 2016

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.

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


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

Oral History Internship

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking 2 Oral History Interns for late 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, catalogue, and make available online ten oral history collections.

The 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, item-level and collection-level description, and cataloguing. In addition, interns will be among the first to access some of BHS 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.

• Conduct background research on subjects related to collections.
• Assist with rights-assessment: review release forms, research and contact 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.

• Availability of 1-2 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.
• Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets.
• Experience working with controlled vocabularies and archival arrangement & description.
• 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
• 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.
• Conversational fluency in Spanish or Cantonese is a plus.

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 Oral History Internship [your last name]. 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.

For more information on our oral history collections, visit http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/library-collections/oralhistory.

Posting Date
March 8, 2016

Education Interns

There are no education internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society 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.


•    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.

Lindsay Palmer Vint
Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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!

Public Programs and/or Front Desk Positions

Contact: Kate Ludwig, Visitor Services Coordinator
Attn: Volunteer Positions
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org

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.