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Posted: 02/03/2016

Historic Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre National Historic Landmark situated along the Anacostia River on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. As the premier burial ground for the nationís capital city in the early 19th Century, Congressional became the final resting place for hundreds of notable individuals from across the country. This impressive roster of outstanding Americans enables Congressional to tell the story of America in all its many dimensions. Today Congressional is not the sleepy old burial ground you might expect; it is a vibrant active community of daily dog walkers, visiting descendants, outdoor movie nights, history and genealogy researchers, school tours, living history presentations, night tours, marching bands, 5k races, festivals, preservationists, and gardeners. It is also a privately owned, non-profit managed active burial ground with 68,000 interred and 30,000 headstones. Learn more on our FB page or website at www.CongressionalCemetery.org

Three historic preservation summer internships
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC

Three internship types available (with some cross duties possible):

1.Hands on Conservationist

††††††††††† Assist the Grounds Conservation Manager with the up-righting, repair, and cleaning of headstones and repair of historic vaults, buildings, mausoleums, etc.Install historic landscaping and new outdoor memorials, furniture, and footstones.Assist with ongoing mapping project via Ground Penetrating Radar.Must be able to life 50 pounds, mostly outdoor work.††††††††

2. Condition Assessment Intern

††††††††††† Assist the Vice President with an ongoing assessment project to compile records of the condition of every headstone at the cemetery.The intern will document the condition of the headstone via supplied tablet and camera, manage the database, record results, and prioritize findings to facilitate the next phase of the project Hands-on Conservation Treatment.This project will produce a database in which we can continuously monitor the condition of stones and conservation treatments into the future, making us more accountable stewards of the cemetery.Equal parts outdoor and indoor work.


3. Programming, Writing and Research

††††††††††† Assist the program manager with our wide variety of events, festivals, and myriad fundraisers.Research and write articles for our tours and quarterly newsletter, research to locate living relatives of those interred here, and perform genealogical research.All or part of this internship may be done remotely.††††† ††††

Interns primary responsibility will be to assist with the management, preservation, archival documents, and data bases of the 209 year old Congressional Cemetery.It is both a historic and active cemetery with robust interest by historians, family descendants, and other researchers.Several on-site resources provide information on burial plots, vital statistics, business records, family ties, and grave markers.Intern will learn to use and interpret historic burial records, and assist staff and general public with research, update historic data bases, and help preserve historic records.

Intern General Responsibilities:

- Assist with management and coordination archival documents

- Assist with all historic preservation and collections management projects

- Assist visitors with genealogical and historical information requests

- Assist in planning and implementing public events

- Assist visitors in locating individual burial plots and family biographical records

- Updating historical information data bases

- Making entries in historic death registers

- Assist in the conservation of individual headstones

- Conduct Monument Condition Assessment Reports

- Observe or participate in staff meetings

- Research African-Americans, LGBT, and other minority groups interred in the cemetery

- Assist in light maintenance of buildings and grounds, as able or appropriate

- Lead occasional tours of historic property

- Researching and writing grants

- Assist with media relations efforts, including various writing assignments

- Development and carry through of independent research projects

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How to apply
Please send or email cover letter, internship type desired, and resume to Paul K. Williams, President, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 or pwilliams@congressionalcemetery.org. No phone calls.
Paul Williams
Phone: 2025430539
1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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