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Posted: 03/24/2015

Historic New England
Property Care

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 Internships
Internship Opportunity
Waltham, MA
Open Until
Until Filled


Historic New England is seeking smart, energetic, and self-motivated interns to work with the preservation staff during the summer of 2015.  Three different internship types are being offered and will be filled on a first come first served basis based on the skills and interests of the applicant. The three internship categories include: Architectural Conditions Assessment; Documentation; and Weatherization/Energy Efficiency. 


Architectural Conditions Assessment: Two separate projects will take place at the Lyman Estate Greenhouse Complex in Waltham, MA and the Coffin House in Newbury, MA. Interns will prepare for, participate in, and then compile the results of building-based conservation conditions assessments for their assigned property. Interns may also assist property care staff in an assortment of tasks related to the properties in question that may include but not limited to the organization and scanning of past project and maintenance files; organization and scanning of images; and development of draft scopes of work. 


Documentation: The primary focus of the internship will be to support the documentation process of ongoing preservation projects being implemented by our preservation carpentry crew. Interns will be trained in the Historic New England preservation philosophy and documentation process. Documentation methods will include at a minimum annotated photography and written reports in common word processing formats. The ability to create measured drawings in 2 or 3d is welcome but not required.


Weatherization/Energy Efficiency: Interns will be introduced to our preservation philosophy and how we balance historic preservation with the need for energy efficiency at our historic houses. Interns will be trained in the use of a blower door and what to look for when analyzing a historic property for energy conservation measures.  Over the course of the summer, interns will visit 4-6 of Historic New Englands properties. At each site, interns will review the air infiltration numbers and analyze each site for potential energy conservation measures. Interns will then create a report for each site visited. 




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. This is an unpaid internship based out of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Mass. A minimum commitment of 24 hours per week for the month of June and July is required; an additional time commitment is welcome.  Access to a vehicle and a personal laptop computer are not required but will be useful to the intern. Travel expenses for site visits are eligible for reimbursement based on current Historic New England rates.


How to apply
For application materials and instructions please visit our website.
Jen Pustz

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