The Museum provides unique learning experiences for students seeking to gain practical training related to their field of study or professional interests. Specific programs are geared to students in high school, university, professional schools, and the U.S. Military, Naval, and Air Force Academies.



High School Apprenticeship Program
The High School Apprenticeship Program offers New York City public high school students a challenging program of study and work designed to give them a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to work in the Museum and explore Jewish heritage and their own. After an extensive spring training, Apprentices work full-time during the summer in different Museum departments; lead tours, and are introduced to the curatorial, educational, administrative, and operational sides of the Museum. Apprentices are paid for their participation in the program. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

View a short video about the program.

The application deadline is extended to November 23.

Applications can be submitted one of two ways:


  General Internships
The Museum has general internships available to high school and university students that provide exposure to the programs and services provided by the Museum. Offered on a rolling basis according to departmental need, students can expect to volunteer in a broad range of capacities in support of the various functions of the Museum.

Download an application online and return it by mail.



Programs through the Auschwitz Jewish Center


Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (AJC PSA)

“I am honored to have been a part of the Program for Students Abroad. It was a great mix of tours, history, present culture, and important education. I absolutely recommend this program.” -2011 PSA Participant 

APPLY HERE for the Fall 2016 AJC PSA, established in 2010 as long-weekend programs in Kraków open to students of all backgrounds. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland.

The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided.

**FALL 2016 DATES**
October 6-9 (deadline September 6)

College and graduate students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and majors are eligible to apply - find details in the Eligbility FAQ link below. All programs begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening. Housing is available Sunday evening upon request. Need-based partial fee waivers are available for the $375 program fee. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków.

Fall 2016 Application

Sample Syllabus

Eligibility FAQ

PSA Facebook

Please contact DBramson@mjhnyc.org with questions.


2017 Human Rights Today Summer Academy

The Auschwitz Jewish Center and Museum of Jewish Heritage, in partnership with the Center for European Studies at Jagiellonian University, is pleased to offer a two week for-credit summer program in Poland, open to students and early career professionals. HRT is taught by top scholars in the field. More information coming soon. Please contact DBramson@mjhnyc.org with questions.

Auschwitz Jewish Center Customized Programs


The program did so much more than meet my expectations. I went into this program viewing it as an academic exercise of critical analysis, which in some ways it was. However, I also had a powerful experience that changed the way I view many different aspects of not only my studies, but my own life. The support offered by the program staff, as well as classmates created an environment that made this experience possible.” -2013 Customized Program Participant, Macalester College


The Auschwitz Jewish Center is now pleased to offer customized programs year-round in Poland for academic and private groups of all sizes. The AJC will build a program tailored to meet your needs and goals. Our staff are available to make logistical arrangements, accompany your group throughout the experience, guide tours, give lectures, and facilitate educational discussions and reflection. Staff bios are available upon request. .

Many customized programs use our “Program for Students Abroad” syllabus as a model. A sample syllabus for this Krakow and Oświęcim based program can be found here. We can also create programs for your group in other Polish cities and of different lengths, and can coordinate arrangements including, but not limited to:

    • Hotel accommodations
    • Ground transportation
    • Meals
    • Testimony and lectures with academics from local universities
    • Academic components: pre-trip reading, discussion outline, and guidance throughout trip

For more information, please contact AJC Coordinator Dara Bramson at DBramson@mjhnyc.org.



American Service Academy Program

The American Service Academy Program is a 16-day educational initiative in Poland created by the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) for a select group of cadets and midshipmen from the academies for the U.S. Military, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Focusing on the Holocaust and related contemporary moral and ethical considerations, this in situ program provides an authentic learning experience for future military officers that extends beyond what they are taught in the classrooms of their respective academies. The poignancy of the setting not only educates them about the past, but also stimulates dialogue about history's relationship to the present and the future. Within this framework, the Academy students are challenged to understand what can happen in the absence of open and democratic governing institutions — when evil is given free reign, when fear overpowers ethics, and when democratic ideals are not defended.

The application for 2016 is now available. Deadlines differ by academy; information is available on the application.

This program is supported in part by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and Joan Felder in memory of Marvin Felder.



Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three-week study trip for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees in 2016 in Holocaust studies and related fields.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Kraków, Warsaw, Łódź, Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in the regions surrounding Warsaw and Kraków, as well as through south-eastern Poland and north-eastern Slovakia, to explore the area’s rich Jewish heritage and meet with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory in Poland today.

In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows have the opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

The AJC Fellows Program 2016 dates are June 26-July 19, 2016 (to be confirmed).

The application is available here and is due on January 11, 2016.

This program is supported by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.



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