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Posted: 03/01/2013

Historic New England
Property Care

Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation. Program Areas We fulfill our mission through five key program areas: Historic Properties: Visit our thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life. Hear the stories of the New Englanders who called these sites home, stroll through formal gardens, or visit a working farm. Historic New England offers scores of public programs at our sites each year, ranging from courses and workshops to walking tours, craft festivals, and concerts. Collections: With more than 110,000 objects Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts and household furnishings in the country. These collections, which date from the mid-seventeenth to the twentieth-first centuries, include the whole range of goods needed for day-to-day life, from furniture and clothing to cooking and heating equipment. Preservation Services: Historic New England's preservation services include caring for and managing our own thirty-six historic museums and working with private property owners to protect and maintain their old and historic homes. We advocate for the preservation of significant New England residential resources representing all time periods, architectural styles, and cultural stories. Education: Historic New England's school and youth programs, serving more than 42,000 students each year, receive national attention for the creative way in which they use historical resources to enrich learning. The programs are fun and multi-disciplinary, encouraging learning through a variety of approaches, including hands-on activities and role playing. Archives and Publications: Every year hundreds of researchers come to the Library and Archives to study the more than one million items that document New England's architectural and cultural history. The archival collections include photographs, prints and engravings, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts, and ephemera.

Preservation Project Management Internship
Internship Opportunity
Waltham, Northeastern US
Open Until
Until Filled


Historic New England seeks interns to work with the Property Care project management staff during the summer of 2013.  Property Care is the team responsible for the preservation and maintenance of 36 historic house museums and their landscapes located in five New England states. The Historic New England property collection spans four centuries and is comprised of 15 National Historic Landmark sites and 28 National Register sites.  Historic New England has been a leader in establishing preservation philosophy, standards and methods, and continues to provide models of historic preservation for preservation professionals, organizations and the public. 


Preservation Project Management Interns will assist project management staff in documenting ongoing work at the sites.  Regional applicants are welcome for projects based in Western Massachusetts, the North Shore of Massachusetts, Northern Rhode Island, and Northeastern Connecticut.  No large project is identified for the Metro-Boston area however interested applicants should apply.  The internship time commitment is a minimum of eight hours per week however internships are flexible and additional tasks can be added based on additional commitments of time.


Interns will begin the summer with instruction on Historic New Englands preservation philosophy and white papers, as well as our approach to project development and documentation.  Interns will be assigned to appropriate projects in their chosen region where they will monitor work, attend construction meetings and document activities for the project managers review.  Pending time commitments, interns will also work with project management staff to assess conditions and develop preservation projects for future implementation. Internship can also be combined with the Preservation Carpentry Internship or the Property Care Internship if appropriate (see separate postings).


Applicants working toward a degree in historic preservation, architecture, engineering, conservation or other related field with an interest in historic architecture and preservation are encouraged to apply.


The intern will report to construction sites in the above noted regions.  Temporary workspaces will be arranged however conditions may be rustic.  Interns will need to use their own computer and digital camera as required for documentation and report writing.  Periodic trips to Historic New Englands Lyman Estate, located in Waltham, Mass, may be necessary for group lectures and programming.  The internships are unpaid. 


How to apply
Please visit our website to download an application.

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