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Posted: 01/09/2015

National Center for Preservation Technology & Training

The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT) is an office of the U.S. National Park Service. NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.

NCPTT Summer Internships
Internship Opportunity
Natchitoches, LA

Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, and materials science.

What do interns do?

Interns work in one of our four program areas:

  • Archeology & Collections
  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Materials Conservation

Projects vary from year to year but may include historic resource documentation, hands-on research, data collection, materials and product testing, or testing new technologies.


How long are the internships?

Our summer internships last ten weeks. Positions will begin on or about June 1, 2015 and end August 7, 2015.


Will I get paid?

Yes! Our interns are short-term employees of Northwestern State University. Compensation is based on experience, including academic experience. Depending on your personal spending habits, the compensation provided is typically more than sufficient to cover living expenses during your stay in Natchitoches.


Is housing provided?

Sorry, but no. While we dont provide housing, we will help you find a place to rest your head. Natchitoches is a college town and there are usually plenty of sublets and short-term rentals available in the summer.


Whos eligible?

Applicants should demonstrate skills and knowledge in preservation technology. This may include but not be limited to documentation, condition assessments, literature reviews, laboratory or field research, materials testing, hands-on preservation treatments, or other related skills. Undergraduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college program. Graduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program in a discipline such as architecture, anthropology, conservation, chemistry, engineering, geology, geography, preservation, etc. Applications from recent graduates will also be considered.


Foreign Nationals

We do accept applications from foreign nationals (non-US citizens). However, these individuals are responsible for obtaining their own visa. Please ensure that your application materials are in English.



  • If submitting your application via email, please keep the size and number of file attachments to a minimum (i.e. combine documents or PDFs into one file).
  • Include the letter of interest in your file attachment, not in the body of your email.
  • Please do not submit a hyperlink to your transcript. Include the transcript in your email attachments.
  • Ensure that all attached files can be opened in common software packages such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader.
  • Please do not submit design portfolios as these will be ignored.
  • You do not need to submit reference letters. We will contact the references you provide if we select your application.

Applications will be accepted through March 2, 2015 and positions will be announced at the beginning of April.


The National Park Service and Northwestern State University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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How to apply
Please submit the following: Letter of interest that clearly indicates which of our four program areas (see above) you would like to apply to, along with the dates you will be available for work at NCPTT (between June 1, 2015 and August 7, 2015), Resume with three reference contacts, Current official or unofficial transcript. Mail to: Ed FitzGerald National Center for Preservation Technology and Training 645 University Parkway Natchitoches, LA 71457 Or via email to edward_fitzgerald@contractor.nps.gov
Ed FitzGerald
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119
645 University Pkwy.
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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