The Historic Santa Fe Foundation currently is accepting applications for the 2016 Faith and John Gaw Meem Preservation Trades Internship. The 10-week program begins June 1, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It permits a qualified student working in architecture, planning, design, or a similar field to gain hands-on experience in the theory and practice of preservation by working with foundation board members and staff.
The program began in 2005. Past interns have been studying in, or are alumni of, institutions including the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, Columbia University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and USC.
The Preservation Trades Internship exists to provide:
Preservation trades training hands-on adobe work, carpentry, window restoration, etc.
Exposure to the daily workings of a local preservation organization
Opportunities to observe local, state and federal preservation agencies as well as other preservation organizations in action.
Work under the direction of HSFF staff to perform maintenance, repairs and conservation of organization properties
Attend monthly meetings of the HSFF Board
Attend bi-weekly meetings of Santa Fes Historic Design Review Board
Observe activities of staff of City, State and Federal agencies involved in preservation efforts or other preservation organizations
Attend and assist with HSFF events during term of internship
Prepare and present an evaluation report on internship experience at the conclusion of the term
Priority is given to applicants who are currently admitted to, enrolled in or recently graduated from a college-level preservation program; have prior experience in construction; wish to gain experience in preservation trades; and ideally have basic skills in carpentry, masonry and related trades; and own their own tools.
The program pays $11 per hour for a 40-hour work week and includes free housing. Intern is responsible for food, transportation to and from Santa Fe, and within Santa Fe while in the program.