Digitization Intern (Part-Time, Temporary)


Part-time$20 an hour
Brooklyn Historical Society is hiring a part-time Digitization Intern who will report directly to the Digital Projects Archivist. This position will entail handling and scanning delicate and valuable materials, digital asset management, copyright research and assessment, and enhancement of catalog records. While a technical position, it offers a variety of tasks and access to rare materials within a history museum and research library.

This position will focus on two major initiatives: CASA is an after-school program led by Brooklyn Historical Society educators guiding students through a themed investigation of their school’s neighborhood using primary sources from BHS’s collection and other resources, culminating in a book and exhibit that is displayed at their school. The digitization intern will provide digitization and project support for eight CASA books.

Revealing Long Island History is a project funded by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation to increase public access to the institutions vast collection of Long Island materials through processing, cataloging, conservation, digitization, and the creation of a web-based Long Island History Portal. The digitization intern will provide post-processing of nearly 15,000 digitized materials and enhancement of their corresponding catalog records to facilitate online access in support of this project.

  • Complete digitization of collection items and distribute assets to internal users and external partners
  • Research copyright status for all requests
  • Attach metadata to all scans
  • Post-processing of digitized materials using Adobe PhotoShop
  • Update Past Perfect records with scanning information
  • Item-level cataloging using Past Perfect; collection-level record enhancement using ArchivesSpace
  • Blogging and Photo of the Week participation (one post per month of internship).
  • Enrolled in or recent graduate from graduate school for Information & Library Science
  • Strong computer skills, including a complete working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge software
  • High level of organizational skill with keen attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect Museum Software preferred
  • Basic knowledge of intellectual property issues preferred
2 days/week or a total of 14 hours during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm through June 2019 at a rate of $20/hour. Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply:
Those with an interest in history, background in photography, and formal training in library science/archival management should post a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: "[last name] Digitization Intern".

Postition starts November 1, 2018.

Posting Date:
October 8, 2018

Reference and User Services Internship
The Library & Archives department of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a Reference and User Services Intern for the Spring, 2019 semester. The internship may be continued through July if desired.

BHS’s reference and user services internship is a long-standing program with a proven track record providing interns hands-on experience in a special collections reading room. Alumni of the program have gone on to hold professional library and archives positions at many renowned academic, governmental, and cultural institutions in New York City and beyond.

Responsibilities:Under the supervision of the Reference Librarian, interns:
  • staff the reference desk and supervise the library reading room
  • answer in-person, email, phone, and mail reference questions
  • help users make appointments for archival research
  • welcome museum visitors to an interior landmarked library
  • gather user services assessment data
  • create new or enhance existing online subject guides
Commitment of one or two days (Wednesday and Saturday are available) from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. The ideal candidate demonstrates reliability, punctuality, attention to detail, and follow-through. They are patient, helpful, and energetic when working with the public.

Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate-level history or ALA-accredited library science/archives program. Competitive candidates will have already completed coursework in reference and user services. An academic focus or some experience with special collections and archives is preferred.

Additionally, candidates must be able to lift and carry library materials and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs; to stoop, reach, walk up and down stairs; to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; to work in a cold setting (60-65° F); and to work in conditions where dust and mold are sometimes encountered.

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 resume and cover letter to library@brooklynhistory.org with the following subject line: "[LastName] - User Services Internship."

Applications will be reviewed immediately.

Posting Date:
October 10, 2018

Public Programs & Communications
There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Seasonal Development Internship
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking a development intern. 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 errands around the city.
  • Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events. 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, PowerPoint) 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.
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 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 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 "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.

Posting Date:
February 15, 2017

Public History
There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

There are no internship opportunities available with this department at this time. Please check back again in the future.

Volunteer Opportunities
Brooklyn Historical Society seeks volunteers to support our mission.

Volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) offer valuable assistance to staff, visitors, and the general public in a variety of ways. Passionate about the past, present, and future of Brooklyn, volunteers are individuals who enjoy engaging with the diverse communities who make up our great borough. BHS welcomes volunteers 18 years and older who have a sincere desire to lend their time and their skills to the institution. Volunteer opportunities are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications. Please see the below list of available volunteer openings.

Waterfront Host
Waterfront Hosts are knowledgeable and approachable and will operate throughout the Waterfront exhibit at BHS DUMBO; alert and responsive to visitor needs and are eager to meet and work with visitors; willing to take initiative in assisting visitors with navigating the Museum’s amenities, public offerings, and spaces; and critical in providing visitors a positive experience at BHS.

Waterfront Hosts are NOT docents or tour guides. Waterfront Hosts will report directly to the Visitor Services Coordinator on duty.


  • Help manage crowds waiting to use interactive elements
  • Assist visitors with the operation of technology within the exhibit
  • Time management; make sure visitors aren’t monopolizing interactive features of the exhibit
  • Make sure moving parts of the exhibit (props, magnets, costume pieces, etc.) remain in their proper areas and are not being misused or mistreated
  • Ensure the exhibit is neat, organized, and welcoming for visitors
  • Be familiar and comfortable with the space and its features (location of restrooms, gallery elements, visitor services desk, exits, etc.)
Required Skills

  • Strong communication
  • Flexible attitude
  • Professional attire
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Ability to move throughout the space and/or stand for extended periods of time; reasonable accommodations will be made when necessary
  • Can lift 10lbs
Recommended Skills

  • Multi-lingual
  • Experience working with and interacting with families and children
Time Commitment

2-3 hours of training with a Visitor Services staff member. Shifts will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shifts will last 4 hours with one, 15 minute break per shift. Volunteers will be required to commit to a MINIMUM of 2 shifts per month for a period of 6 months.

As and active volunteer you will receive the following benefits:

  • Free admission to BHS for you and up to 2 guests
  • Invitations to select BHS openings
  • Admission to BHS public programs, when available
  • Discount in the BHS shop
  • Free admission to most museums in New York
Apply today - If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to volunteer@brooklynhistory.org, detailing your volunteer interests and including your resume. Qualified applicants will be required to attend an in-person interview.