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Posted: 03/26/2014

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Historic Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre National Historic Landmark situated along the Anacostia River on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. As the premier burial ground for the nationís capital city in the early 19th Century, Congressional became the final resting place for hundreds of notable individuals from across the country. This impressive roster of outstanding Americans enables Congressional to tell the story of America in all its many dimensions. Today Congressional is not the sleepy old burial ground you might expect; it is a vibrant active community of daily dog walkers, visiting descendants, history and genealogy researchers, school tours, living history presentations, marching bands, preservationists, and gardeners. Learn more at www.CongressionalCemetery.org


Position
Summer Intern
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Washington, DC
Details
 

Historic Preservation Interns primary responsibility will be to assist with the management, preservation, archival documents, and data bases of the 207 year old Congressional Cemetery.It is both a historic and active cemetery with robust interest by historians, family descendants, and other researchers.Several on-site resources provide information on burial plots, vital statistics, business records, family ties, and grave markers.Intern will learn to use and interpret historic burial records, and assist staff and general public with research, update historic data bases, and help preserve historic records.

Responsibilities:

- Assist with management and coordination archival documents

- Assist with all historic preservation and collections management projects

- Assist visitors with genealogical and historical information requests

- Assist in planning and implementing public events

- Assist visitors in locating individual burial plots and family biographical records

- Updating historical information data bases

- Making entries in historic death registers

- Assist in the conservation of individual headstones

- Conduct Monument Condition Assessment Reports

- Observe or participate in staff meetings

- Research African-Americans, LGBT, and other minority groups interred in the cemetery

- Assist in light maintenance of buildings and grounds, as able or appropriate

- Lead occasional tours of historic property

- Researching and writing grants

- Assist with media relations efforts, including various writing assignments

- Development and carry through of independent research projects

Qualifications:

- Strong computer skills in Word, Access, Excel, Outlook

- Good organizational skills

- Good written and oral communication skills

- Attention to detail and accuracy essential

- Able to work independently

OPen until
04/15/2014

How to apply
Qualified applicants will be available for flexible scheduling of minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer. Internships last for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks and may be part or full time. This is a non-paid internship position but reimbursement for public transportation costs is available. Academic credit may be arranged in cooperation with sponsoring college or university. Historic Congressional Cemetery is easily reached by taking metro to the Stadium/Armory or Potomac Avenue Station, on the orange and blue lines. Please send cover letter and resume or any questions to Paul K. Williams, President, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 or pwilliams@congressionalcemetery.org
Paul Williams
Phone: 202-543-0539
ADDRESS
1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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