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Posted: 03/08/2016

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.

2016 Mid-West Tool Collectors' Historic Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Open Until


Mount Vernon is offering a 10-week internship in architectural history and historic preservation during the summer of 2016.  The M-WTCA Historic Preservation Intern will conduct documentary research in the Washington papers for records of tools related to the building trades (carpentry, masonry, plastering, painting, etc.) at Mount Vernon during George Washingtons lifetime. Work involves thorough investigation in the archival record for the purchase, distribution, use, repair and sale of tools at Mount Vernon during the 18th century.  References will be captured into a database and the intern will compile a written final report that analyzes the results.  The intern will have opportunities to work closely with Historic Preservation and Collections staff.


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. The candidate should have knowledge of hand-written 18th-century documents and should be equally comfortable researching 18th-century documents online and in a library setting.  Database experience is critical.


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. 

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 1, 2016. Selection will be made by April 15, 2016.
Thomas Reinhart
Phone: 703-799-5223
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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