Public History Internship Opportunities

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Art Galleries & Museums


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 and paid summer internships. For more information, please contact the Education department at (716) 270-8282, internships@albrightknox.org.


Eastman Museum

900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

The George Eastman House has internship opportunities in the House working on George Eastman's own collections. Please contact the Coordinator of the Museum Studies and Public History minor if you are intersted.


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. They have deadlines and application requirements on their website.


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.


Historical Societies & Archives

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.

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. For more information, contact Christine Ridarsky, City Historian, at (585) 428-8095 or by e-mail at Christine.Ridarsky@libraryweb.org.


Cobblestone Society & Museum

14393 Ridge Road
Albion, NY 14411

The Cobblestone Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Orleans County. Summer internship opportunities are available for students with an interest in local history. For more information, contact the Director at director@cobblestonemuseum.org or (585) 589-9013.


Historical Society of Elba Museum

Maple Avenue Extension
Elba, NY 14058

For more information on internship opportunities at this site, email ElbaHistorian@gmail.com, (585) 757-3027


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 carcob@rochester.rr.com


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.


 

History Museums

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.

Genesee Country 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 Brian Nagel, director of Interpretation Bnagel@gcv.org.

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 Ptice@gcv.org.


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.. 

Brockport Internships & Opportunities

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

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 washington@brockport.edu.

Study Abroad Internships

Last Updated 4/20/20

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