Internship – Coney Island Museum

Coney Island USA (CIUSA) is a not-for-profit corporation based in the amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In existence since 1980, CIUSA has developed and produced a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best loved summer programming:  the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. CIUSA operates the Coney Island Museum and produces Ask the Experts, Burlesque at the Beach, the Coney Island Tattoo and Motorcycle Festival, Creepshow at the Freakshow, and the Coney Island Sideshow School. CIUSA also runs the Coney Island Film Society and the Coney Island Film Festival in association with

CIUSA is offering a variety of unpaid internships this summer.  Interns are required to make a minimum time commitment of one full day per week. Course credit may be arranged for all internships.

Coney Island Museum Collection Internship

The Coney Island Museum seeks one intern to work with the Museum Director on researching, cleaning, re-housing, cataloging, scanning and/or photographing new collections that come into the museum’s collection. This is an ideal internship for a student of library science who wants to gain real-world experience with the internal workings of a small museum collection.

The Museum’s collection of approximately 4,000 artifacts consists primarily of:

  • Attraction artifacts (game and ride components, furnishings, props)
  • Costume
  • Identifying artifacts (medals, tickets, coupons, tokens)
  • Information artifacts (banners, cards, posters, signs)
  • Photographic materials
  • Published materials (books, sheet music, sound recordings)
  • Records (correspondence, diaries, financial records)
  • Souvenirs (postcards and assorted ephemera)

Interns should have a familiarity with Coney Island, knowledge of proper museum artifact handling and minor preservation treatment, cataloging standards, Filemaker and Photoshop.

CIUSA Archives Internship

CIUSA is seeking one intern to assist with arranging and describing the archives, identifying people and events in photographs, making sure that the retention schedule is being followed, and uploading images to social networking sites such as Tumblr. This is an ideal internship for a student of library science who wants to gain real-world experience with the internal workings of an archival collection related to the history of a small and exciting nonprofit arts organization.

Coney Island USA’s institutional archives exist to collect, preserve, and provide access to all records related to the history and activities of CIUSA for the purpose of administrative support and historical research. The archives detail the history of CIUSA from 1980 to the present, and will continue to grow into the future. In addition to a large collection of original documents – such as annual reports, financial records, and marketing & publicity material for the organization in general and for specific events – the CIUSA archives holds a substantial collection of photographs, large posters, postcards, architectural plans, and media.

Archive interns should have a familiarity with appraisal, description, preservation, and cataloging standards of archive records.

Both the Museum Collection and Archives interns should have a museum, library, or archival background or should be actively pursuing graduate studies in one of these areas.

Come spend the summer at Coney Island! Interns are encouraged to enjoy the programs and events at this multi-arts center during their internship.

To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Internship Coordinator, Coney Island USA (