Gotham Center Operations and Research Intern – Fall 2022

Fall 2022

Deadline: 11 July 2022



The Gotham Center is a research and public education institution, sponsored by The Graduate Center, CUNY, dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past. The organization was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For more than twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.


Our goal is to support independent and professional historical work examining the various forces and figures that have shaped life in the city, as well as New York’s enormous contributions to the development of the nation and the world. Through a variety of research programs — grants, fellowships, seminars, conferences, and other projects — we hope to underwrite the production of this knowledge and shape the next generation of scholarship. Through a variety of public-facing initiatives — such as our free event series, blog, podcasts, online education and K-12 programs — we also strive to make that knowledge available to the widest possible audience, sharing the best and most interesting new work far beyond the academic community and immediate metropolitan area. Finally, we endeavor to make this information useful to actors influencing culture and policy today, fostering greater awareness of historical knowledge and exchange between scholars and leaders in civil society and government. In all things, we ask New Yorkers to consider how the past has created the present, and what lessons it might offer for the challenges we face in our city, now and in the future.


This is an internship for academic credit. It will be administered at The Graduate Center through the PublicsLab. In order to be eligible, students must be able to enroll in IDS 81620: Scholarly Praxis at Work in the World in the Fall 2022 semester (every other Thursday, 2-4pm). For questions about the course, please contact PublicsLab director Stacy Hartman at

The Gotham Center is seeking an Operations/Research Intern for Fall 2022. The intern will assist in various tasks, including:

  • the completion of NYC Revolutionary Trail, a large digital exhibit on New York City’s experience in the American Revolution, which serves as the basis for a multimedia tourism app project
  • the continuation of Queens Cuisines, mapping the “new Littles” (or ethnic enclaves) of the borough and identifying its dominant ethnic markets and eateries
  • the expansion of GothamEd, the organization’s online adult education (ACE) program, to include new courses, models, partnerships, and certificates/accreditation
  • the social media supporting the organization’s blog, podcasts, and events
  • fundraising and development in support of research and writing fellowship programs, and other Gotham Center programming

The intern, like the rest of the staff, will work primarily remotely, but will be expected to participate in occasional team / project meetings, and will be afforded office space.


  • NYC Revolutionary Trail: duties may include aid in the final curation and research-based components of the website, assistance in the development of K-12 partnerships, grant identification and writing, and marketing strategies
  • Queens Cuisines: duties may include additional fieldwork and/or information-gathering for the pilot in Jackson Heights, data visualization/importation to a web-based map / white label app, grant identification and grant-drafting for expansion of the project
  • GothamEd: duties may include research and support for accreditation of GothamEd courses, establishment of marketing partnerships, and new programmatic development
  • Collaborate with Director on social media and fundraising campaigns
  • Other duties to support the Center


  • Current MA/PhD student in the humanities or social sciences
  • Content knowledge of NYC history, or commitment to the mission of the Gotham Center
  • Interest in learning about the programming and development of a public-facing academic center, or experience in a similar institution
  • Strong attention to workflow and organizational detail
  • Strong writing skills, or comfort in various kinds of research
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully (resolving obstacles and/or conflicts)


Applications should send their resume and answers to the following questions to PublicsLab Director Stacy Hartman at by Thursday, 30 June 2022.

  • What experience do you have in public humanities, history, or other fields that will be an asset for this internship?
  • What of the following skills do you have previous experience with or interest in developing though this internship: social media outreach, building public engagement, liaising with scholars, program development, K-12 curriculum development, podcasts, grant research and writing.
  • What experience do you have that will enhance the NYC Revolutionary Trail digital exhibit?
  • How do you think about engaging the public with scholarly content?

The Gotham Center is an equal opportunity employer.