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Posted: 11/30/2015

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Lab at George Washington’s Mount Vernon is seeking a Digital Preservation Intern for the spring semester of 2016. ­Located near Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon is the historic site dedicated to the interpretation of the life of the first president in the context of his home and plantation. The Preservation Lab houses the archaeological, architectural, and archival collections associated with preserving the Mount Vernon estate. The intern will aid staff in continuing their efforts to digitally preserve these rich resources through photography, scanning, printing archival images, and research.

Digital Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA



·       - Work with digitization programs such as Adobe Bridge and Photoshop CC, Silverfast Ai scanning software, Camera Control Pro, and Agisoft Photoscan.

·        -Edit and update digitization manuals according to industrys best current practices.

·        -Learn the basics to manual studio photography and create record images for archaeological artifacts.

·        -Assist with the scanning of color and b/w slides, conservation records and archaeological field records.

·        -Input metadata and optimize and connect images with their records in the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery database (DAACS).

·        -Print and document excavation photographs for archival storage.

·        -Handle and research 18th century material culture (flexible to interns research interests).

·       - Create social media content to disseminate information about preservation projects at Mount Vernon.


·       - Undergraduate or graduate student with good academic standing or a recent graduate.

·       - Interest in and experience with digital preservation and digitization software (preferred).

·       - Experience with DSLR camera (preferred).

·       - Interest in early American archaeology, history, and/or preservation.

·       - Strong research and writing skills.

·        -Ability to work creatively and independently and as part of a team.

·        -Visual acuteness and attention to detail.

·       - Flexible and positive attitude.


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How to apply
Interested applicants may submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Karen E. Price, Historic Preservation Lab Manager and Photographer, at kprice@mountvernon.org
Karen Price
Phone: 703-799-6314
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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