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Posted: 03/11/2015

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Historic Preservation and Collections

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a preeminent example of an 18th-century Chesapeake plantation, has been owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s first historic preservation organization, since 1858. Over one million annual visitors come to experience the 26 original and replica buildings comprising Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River.

2015 Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Historic Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon is offering a 10-week internship in architectural history and historic preservation during the summer of 2015. The M-WTCA Historic Preservation Intern will conduct research on Mount Vernons 1782 stable to prepare a restoration plan for this brick structure. The M-WTCA intern will examine documents on the construction and previous restorations and conduct a detailed investigation of the stables fabric to help guide Mount Vernons architecture team in returning the stable to its 1782 configuration and appearance. The intern will also research and investigate comparable structures at other 18th-century plantations to provide a regional vocabulary for details missing in Mount Vernons stable. Products will include a written report, with photography and architectural drawings. 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.

The successful M-WTCA Historic Preservation Intern candidate will hold an MA or be enrolled in a graduate-level program in architectural history, historic preservation, or a related field. Previous experience with documenting historic resources and/or interest in 18th-century Chesapeake architectural history and material culture preferred.

Compensation in the amount of $5,000 is offered for this 10-week internship. 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 cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program. Deadline is April 10, 2015. Selection will be made by April 17, 2015. Please send applications to Thomas Reinhart, Deputy Director for Architecture. treinhart@mountvernon.org
Thomas Reinhart

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