Employment Opportunities

The Center for Jewish History is home to five partners—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partner collections total more than five miles of archival material and span nearly a thousand years of history. When the Center opened its doors as the new "Library of Congress of the Jewish people" 16 years ago, it made a commitment to preserve the treasures that live within its walls and make them accessible to scholars, students, and diverse audiences. The Center relies on philanthropic support to do this work.

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Center for Jewish History.

The Center does not currently have any job openings.

If you would like to submit your resume for future consideration, please contact Human Resources at:

Human Resources
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Internship Opportunities

We offer internships that serve as a unique opportunity for students to expand their academic interests, gain new skills in the field of public history, and acquire knowledge and experience enabling them to compete in the non-academic job market.

All interns are offered compulsory monthly seminars combining lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, to ensure that the internships can be taken for university credit.

  • Public History Internships

    Students will be trained to co-lead our on-site primary sources workshops for high schools, as well as guide tours at the Center and walking tours of the neighborhood; they will learn how to research and design their own guided tours, walking tours, and community-building public history projects.

    In a pedagogical sub-track, interns will not only be trained to work with high-school students and teach with primary sources; they will also work on designing their own assignments, syllabi, and assessment/feedback criteria, and will be encouraged to test them out, under the supervision of the Center’s staff.

  • Research Internships

    Students will work with visiting scholars at the Center, helping them with their specific research projects. Attending the CJH seminars will help them incorporate the skills they gain with visiting scholars in broader contexts.

  • Curatorial Internships

    Students will serve as assistant curators of projects developed at the Center. They will also be encouraged to work on their own curatorial projects, and will get additional training with our staff.

Requirements for Internships

The ideal candidate is:

  • ready to devote 8-10 hours a week, including at least one 4-hour block, with some level of flexibility (depending on tours, etc.).
  • available for an orientation class on September 15, 2019.
  • strongly motivated and reliable.
  • committed to attending monthly seminars for interns.

Strong writing skills and additional languages are a plus, but not required.

Please send your resume and a short cover letter (400 words max) that includes your academic interests and explains your interest in this internship to education@cjh.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Tour Guides (Docents)

    A tour consists of a visit to the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Yeshiva University Museum has a separate docent program) and the public areas of the Center (usually the Leo & Julie Forchheimer Auditorium, the Paul S. & Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall, Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and the Shelby White & Leon Levy Collection Management and Conservation Wing). Guides who lead these tours are knowledgeable about the facilities and the mission and scope of activities of the Center for Jewish History, and they are able to describe the exhibitions in the Partner’s exhibition cases. Tour guides give approximately 1 -2 tours each month and attend periodic training sessions on new exhibitions.

  • Ushers

    Ushers work at special events held at the Center. They take tickets and give out programs and may perform other tasks, as needed. The usher is welcome to stay and view the performance. Most events requiring ushers are held weekday evenings or on Sundays. Each usher is responsible for being available 45 minutes before the event to several minutes after the event begins. They may occasionally be asked to stay after the program to help with a reception or book sales.

  • Office/Library/Genealogy Assistants

    Office assistants work in various offices throughout the Center. Tasks may include coordinating mailings, addressing and stuffing envelopes, filing, answering phones and making phone calls, handling RSVPs to events, data entry and related office tasks. Some offices are seeking researchers and assistants for special projects. The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute needs volunteers who are experienced with family history research to assist patrons. Librarians may need volunteers to catalog books and related tasks. Required hours are worked out with the individual departments.

  • Translators

    The Center maintains a list of translators who are willing to help Reading Room and Genealogy Institute patrons translate documents. Staff members give the name of the patron to the translator, who then reaches out to the patron to make arrangements. Translations may be done at the Center or remotely. Translators are needed in almost any language, but the most commonly requested translations are from Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and German.

Requirements For Volunteers

  • Time commitment level: either on a project/event basis, or consistently, with at least one shift per week, ideally same day each week.
  • Attire: professional/casual, unless otherwise specified.
  • Communication skills: must have excellent speaking skills; knowledge of foreign languages a plus, though not required.
  • An interest in Judaism, education, culture, the arts and history.

Benefits For Volunteers

  • Complimentary tickets to concerts, films and other events when available.
  • Free admission to museums in New York City and elsewhere for the volunteer and a guest.
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and other special events.
  • Contact with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, please contact Julie Kaplan, Volunteer Coordinator, at cjhvolunteer@cjh.org or call (917) 606-8226.