Employment Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions
Internships
Volunteer Opportunities

Full-time & Part-time Positions


There are no full-time or part-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.


Library & Archives Interns


Acquisitions Internship
About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks an Acquisitions Intern to assist with the creation of complete accession records for recent acquisitions; prepare incoming collections for Collection Committee review/approval; and prepare the deeds of gift for formal addition to the collection 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.

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.

The intern will be supervised by Julie May, Head of Collection Management. This is a Spring semester internship with the possibility of extension. A minimum of 2 days/week is required beginning as early as January 5, 2015.

Responsibilities
 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 necessary documentation, collection inventory, and location designation.
•    Manage incoming born-digital collections; transfer files to secure server.

Required Qualifications
•    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; preferably Archivists’ Toolkit.
•    Previous archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.
•    Previous experience or knowledge about intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections.
•    Knowledge or interest in Brooklyn history.

Compensation
This is an unpaid internship that can be used for course credit, and includes a BHS staff ID, which grants free entrance to museums around New York City.

To Apply
Those enrolled in an ALA-accredited library program should post a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: Acquisitions Internship [last name]. Interviews will commence 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.

Posting Date

December 9th, 2014


Public Programs & Communications Interns


Social Media Marketing Internship - Fall 2014

About the Position
The Social Media Marketing intern will assist the Communications & Programs Associate and the Programs & Communications team with development and execution of communications and outreach. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications as part of an organization experiencing an exciting period of growth in its communications and outreach. The intern will contribute to the brainstorming and execution of innovative online messaging to increase the visibility of BHS, build excitement about our exhibitions and programs for the public, and tell the full and complex story of the institution.

Position Details
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
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

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.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week and be able to work directly in our Brooklyn office. However, we will consider a combination of in-office and remote work.
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills: ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Current or recently graduated college or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Excellent self-starter with the ability to work effectively alone or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Social Media Marketing Internship” in the subject line.

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.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


Development Interns


Seasonal Development Internship

About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 1-2 Seasonal Development interns. The successful candidate will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience and skills applicable for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors. Internship may be extended and applicable to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested.

Position Details

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Administrative: Research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel for errrands around the city.
•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events, including Brooklyn Bounty. Help prepare guest lists; liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed. Conduct interviews and compose blog entries to be published on our BHS blog.
•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects and events as assigned.

Skills and Experience
•    Candidate must be interested in learning about non-profits.
•    Possess excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills
•    Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Powepoint) and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter).
•    Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge experience are a plus but not required.
•    Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary
•    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 credit for written content on the BHS blog.
•    Includes free, unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794. Please include "Seasonal Development Internship" in the subject line. One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required.
Interviews will commence immediately.

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.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


Public History Interns


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


Education Interns


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

Oral History Interns

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

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
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org

Development
Contact:Taina Sanon: Database and Membership Coordinator
Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tsanon@brooklynhistory.org