Greetings from the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden! The Museum, which is a historic building in New York City, built in 1799, presents the story of the Mount Vernon Hotel and interprets the 19th-century time period in New York and American history, focusing in particular on the 1820s and 1830s.
The Museum is pleased to announce two William Randolph Hearst Fellowships for Summer 2019, for undergraduate or graduate students interested in American Studies, U.S. History, Museum Studies, or Education.
The Hearst Fellows will conduct original research about NY history, work as interpreters, and assist with summer children’s programs.
William Randolph Hearst Fellowships -Historic House Intern
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden offers two summer fellowships for undergraduate or graduate students interested in American Studies, U.S. History, Museum Studies, Education, or Historic Preservation. Students participate in the daily work of a historic site, assisting the Museum’s Education and Curatorial staff with public programs and interpretation. Fellows complete an original research project related to the Museum’s interpretation of New York life (1826-1833.) The fellowship program, now in its thirty-fifth year, is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Fellows work full-time for nine weeks in June and July and receive a $2,750 stipend. Hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, with occasional evenings for special events. Throughout the summer, Hearst Fellows:
- Conduct original historical research related to collection objects, historic themes, or NYC history. Fellows present their research at the Fellows’ Symposium at summer’s end.
- Participate in all aspects of the Museum’s two-week summer history camp program.
- Conduct tours of the Museum’s period rooms and garden.
- Assist with the Museum’s summer public programs.
- Contribute to Museum operations.
- Mentor the Museum’s summer high school interns
The Museum interprets travel, leisure, work, and play in antebellum New York from 1826 to 1833 when the Mount Vernon Hotel operated as a day hotel. Built in 1799 as a carriage house for a country estate, the building was converted in 1826 into a day hotel, a popular resort catering to New Yorkers and travelers seeking escape from the crowds and pollution below Fourteenth Street.
New York City and America were changing rapidly in the 1820s and 1830s. The Museum engages with issues familiar to New Yorkers then and now: immigration, race relations, work, getting ahead, and how to enjoy life. With over 35 public programs a year, the Museum offers many ways to discover the 1830s.
To apply, students must submit the completed application form, a short essay explaining their interest in the fellowship, resume, and two letters of recommendation e-mailed directly from the individuals writing the recommendations. All applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for both Spring and Fall of 2019. Application deadline is Monday, March 11, 2019.