Internships

The ACHA offers internships high school, college and graduate students, and individuals who are returning to study. Internships may focus on hands-on collections care, education programs, research, and general museum studies.  Projects will be developed in consultation with the ACHA’s Executive Director.

National Endowment for the Humanities Graduate Internship (Paid)

The Albany County Historical Association, headquartered at the historic Ten Broeck Mansion built in 1798, strives to preserve, present, promote and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County through exhibits, lectures, concerts, and other educational outreach programs. New school programs will explore the rich lives and uncover the agency of individuals who worked and lived at Ten Broeck Mansion.

Hours: TBD, beginning in Winter/Spring 2022.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Curatorial work, including photography, particularly in Ten Broeck’s 19th century Butler’s Pantry.   Development of exhibit design to incorporate new museum accessions of decorative arts.  Projects include: fabricating or selecting display mounts, researching and writing virtual and on-site exhibit text/brochures, and educational programming.
  • Qualifications: Students must be in current graduate program (can be on academic leave or between semesters). Students studying art history (decorative arts) or history with a material culture focus are strongly encouraged to apply. Ability to work select hours on-site in museum facility in Albany NY.
  • Candidates should possess: good research skills, knowledge of documentary research practices, and good object handling skills.
  • Please email or mail the following to the Executive Director, Kathryn Kosto, subject line “NEH Internship” (info@tenbroeckmansion.org):
    1) resume or CV
    2) a one-page cover letter stating interest
    3) 2 references (email and phone, plus title and/or how the individuals are known)
    4) 1 writing sample.  Suggested examples: research paper, catalog entry, brochure or poster design.
    5) availability – hours/days of the week, and start and end dates (please note if your academic program has certain requirements)
College and graduate interns receive a small stipend.
For College and Graduate Students:
Please email or mail the following to the Executive Director:
1) resume or CV
2) a one-page cover letter stating interest and goals for a possible internship
3) 2 references (email and phone, plus title and/or how the individuals are known)
4) one writing sample.  Suggested examples: research paper, catalog entry, brochure or poster design.
5) if applicable, the requirements of for-credit internship (hours, type of projects)
6) availability – hours/days of the week, and start and end dates
For High School Students: 
1) an email stating interest and goals for a possible internship
3) 2 references (email and phone, plus title and/or how the individuals are known)
4) one writing sample.  Suggested examples: research paper, essay, brochure or poster design.
5) availability – hours/days of the week, and start and end dates
6) resume (optional)
Note on-site internships require interns to be able to walk the entire distance of the ACHA’s 4-acre site, ability to walk and carry objects on historic and uneven walkways, and use historic staircases on a daily basis.