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Public History Internship Opportunities


Albright Knox Art Gallery:

1285 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14222-1096

The art gallery has a number of internship positions every semester in a variety of fields. For more information, please contact Megan Crowley, Associate, Deputy Director’s Office of the Museum Internship Program, at (716) 270-8335 or by e-mail at


George Eastman House:

900 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

The George Eastman House has internships in digital photography, cataloguing of photography and film archiving, among other topics. They are competitive and most are limited to graduate students. 


Memorial Art Gallery:

500 University Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

Located in the heart of Rochester’s Art District, the art gallery has a limited number of competitive internships aimed at those interested in museum work. 


Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo):

137 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604

The originator of Rochester’s First Friday Citywide Gallery Night, RoCo’s internship program places applicants in all aspects of running and coordinating the arts organization. For more information, call (585) 461-2222. 



Most local towns have archives and often the need for interns to help with cataloging and exhibit research. The list below represents only a small fraction of what is available, but are the societies/archives we have worked with the most.  Please feel free to contact others. A very completed list of area historical societies and archives is available here


City of Rochester Historian: 

Rochester Public Library

115 South Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604

The City Historian Office routinely accepts college interns from both the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist with day-to-day tasks and special projects within the office.  A full list of possible projects are here. For more information, contact Christine Ridarasky, City Historian, at (585) 428-8095 or by e-mail at


Cobblestone Society & Museum: 

14393 Ridge Road

Albion, NY 14411

The museum is looking for all types of interns to act as tour guides, do archival work, marketing and more. For more information, contact Deborah Brundage, Museum Director, at (585) 589-9013 or by e-mail at


Historical Society of Elba Museum: 

Maple Avenue Extension

Elba, NY 14058

For more information on internship opportunities at this site, contact Judith Littlejohn, Elba Town Historian, at (585) 698-7190. 


Ogden Town Historian’s Office: 

269 Ogden Center Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

The Ogden Town Historian is looking for willing interns to help with cataloging, oral histories and other tasks. For more information, contact Carole Coburg at (585) 617-6127 or by e-mail at


Ontario County Historical Museum

55 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424

This very vibrant historical museum and society seeks student interns to help with exhibits and cataloging. More more information, call (585) 394-4975. 


Orleans Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

249 North Main Street

Albion, NY

The DAR in Albion have a house with a collection of documents and objects pertaining to local history. They are looking to create a digital archive and need help with the cataloging process, cleaning and care of items and creation of new displays. They can only take advanced students with skills in public history and museum work - those who have already done internships - since they have no professional staff. For more information, contact Patrice Birner, Regent, Orleans Chapter, NSDAR at (716) 735-7508 or by e-mail at


Rochester Historical Society (RHS)

Rochester Public Library

115 South Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604

RHS has a summer intern program for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also takes students throughout the year for cataloging and stocking objects as well as research into artifacts. For more information, contact Daniel D. Cody, Collections Manager/Registrar at (585) 428-8473 or by e-mail at



Genesee County Village & Museum

1410 Flint Hill Road

PO Box 310

Mumford, NY 14511

There are two main types of internships at this outdoor museum. Summer internships work as historical re-enactors and help out with the exhibits. If you have skills in woodworking or other trades this can be useful to them. For more information, contact Maria D. Neale, Director of Education at (585) 538-6822 extension 216. 

The museum also sometimes needs research done on their exhibits. This can be done outside in the summer and in archives rather than at the Mumford site. For more information, contact Patricia Tice, Curator, John L. Wehle Art Gallery at (585) 538-6824  or by e-mail at


Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC):

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

RMSC offers guided tour internships on specific topics. For more information see and apply on their website. 


Strong Museum of Play:

1 Manhattan Square Drive

Rochester, NY 14607

The museum has specific needs to be filled every semester. Check their website for different types of internships, but you can always fill out a general internship application and give them your interests as well. One of our past MA students, Shannon Symonds, works there and can answer questions if you have any. She is currently the museum’s Acquisitions Cataloguer, and can be reached via email at



You don’t have to look too far to find opportunities. Through the College at Brockport, there are a variety of internships available. 

Study Abroad Internships:


Washington Program:

SUNY Brockport Washington Program

444 North Capital Street NW, Suite 221

Washington, DC 20001

Summer (open to all majors) and semester (Political Science majors, but others can apply) internships are available in the nation’s capital, including possibly the Smithsonian Museum. For more information, call (202) 403-8507 or e-mail at

Last Updated 5/1/13


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).