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.