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Call for Intern! (This position has been filled) published November 01, 2022

As part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant funded project,  Schuyler Mansion is seeking a graduate student intern.  Led by Historic Cherry Hill, The Underground Railroad Education Center and Schuyler Mansion have entered into a 3-way partnership to create collaborative, on-site school programs- including digital resources- for elementary and middle grade classrooms. Thematically linked programs- grounded in New York State curriculum- will build a stronger understanding of historical issues and the diversity of voices and opinions that have made and are making history in the United States.

The graduate student intern will support the development of two new school programs at Schuyler Mansion, working up to 208 hours, at a pay rate of $15/hour. Historic Cherry Hill will handle pay, and will work with university requirements and requests for academic credit. Work will be conducted between November 2022 and April 2023.

Safety Protocols: Much of these internships will take place onsite at Schuyler Mansion and possibly in Siena College’s digitization lab. Masks are required at all times, and physical distancing will be implemented. The museum will additionally follow all recommendations from the CDC and New York State Department of Health. 

Site Description:

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site is the historic home of Major General Philip John Schuyler, who served directly under George Washington as commander of the Northern Department during the American Revolution and as Commissioner of Indian Affairs before and during the War. It was also the home of his family members and the place, as well as Schuyler House in Saratoga, where the Schuyler’s enslaved between 8 – 14 men, women and children from the 1760s – 1804. 

Since 2005, site staff has been working to uncover the lesser-known stories of tenant farmers, Loyalists, women, foot soldiers, servants and the enslaved people the Schuyler’s kept in bondage in Albany, Saratoga and Easton, Washington Co. Through guided tour interpretation, Video “visits” with the people in Schuyler’s world, and through social media blogs and other platform stories and posts, the staff at Schuyler Mansion has shared “Our Whole History” rather than the traditional and much narrower Colonialist point of view.

Intern Responsibilities Include:

Familiarizing oneself with the existing collection, documents and compiled stories 

Aligning the existing content with NYS curriculum for grades 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th 

Researching the following historical players: Sylva Zebra, Diana, Lewis and Will

Working with Church and census records, maps, city directories, and original documents in a variety of collections (libraries, archives and museums) 

Research in other collections – There may be a need for research field trips as far away as Saratoga or Washington County

Qualifications:

Students studying public history, history museum studies, and history at the graduate level are strongly encouraged to apply. Ability to drive to remote sites and collections is important (Schuyler House, Church records, Greenwich Public Library for example)

Candidates should possess: 

  • Good research skills, as well as knowledge of documentary research practices.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the age groups we are targeting for this project
  • Ability to work on-site select hours at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
  • Ability to work off-site, in possibly remote communities
  • Good organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and connect to NYS curriculum goals

Contact:

 Interested candidates should contact Heidi Hill at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 518 434-0834 or heidi.hill@parks.ny.gov

About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov