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Posted: 03/11/2015

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Historic Preservation and Collections

Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington, was the nucleus of an eight thousand acre plantation divided into five farms. The property remained in the Washington family until 1858, when it was purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s first historic preservation organization. The current historic site encompasses George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm and consists of five hundred acres. Operated as a historic house museum, Mount Vernon now welcomes over one million annual visitors who come to Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River.

2015 GIS Summer Internship
Internship Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA

In the summer of 2015, Mount Vernon is seeking an intern to continue work on a plantation landscape survey. This survey will document the transformation from plantation to modern suburbs by combining land records, historic maps, and other documentation to create a comprehensive geographical and temporal map of Washington's original land holdings. This site-specific investigation intends to show how Mount Vernon and its surroundings have been inter-connected through time.

The applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program with a major in GIS, geography, history, land planning, or a related field. The candidate must be proficient in the use of GIS software. Previous work with land records, land use, or historical research is preferred. Duties will include georeferencing, digitization, plat and deed interpretation, and other historical research. The intern will have opportunities to work closely with Historic Preservation staff and engage with the collaborative historic preservation field school taking place at Mount Vernon from May 26 to July 6. Opportunities to participate in other GIS related projects may also arise.

Compensation in the amount of $4,400 is offered for this 10-week internship. The position has a preferred start date of May 26th, although this is negotiable. Room, board, and daily transportation to/from Mount Vernon will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Mount Vernon will, if interested, work with the interns academic program to provide credit for the internship period.

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How to apply
Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references, and a cover letter detailing interest in this internship. Deadline is April 10, 2015. Selection will be made by April 17, 2015.Please send applications to Eric Benson, GIS & Viewshed Manager. ebenson@mountvernon.org
Eric Bensen

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