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Posted: 04/06/2016

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Government Relations

Government Relations & Public Lands Advocacy Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC

The Government Relations Intern will be an integral part of the Government Affairs team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. S/he will assist with high profile work including saving historic resources within the National Parks system, Public Lands issues, and cultivating positive relationships with Congress.  The intern will also assist with daily operations of department and research related to historic sites and the historic preservation legislation.


National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a $2,000 stipend to help offset expenses. 






  • Perform all duties with the aim of helping to achieve National Trust strategic goals of preserving historic places, reaching more diverse communities and constituents, and building and highlighting organizational partnerships
  • Assist with work related to a new project that will identify and mobilize national organizations (including groups focused on cultural and historic resources, such as the American Institute of Architects, NPS Retirees, individual NPS Friends Groups, Society of American Archeology, National Heritage Association, and Civil War Trust) within the historic preservation community to express support for increased funding for deferred maintenance needs in the National Park System.
    • Specifically, the intern will assist with case studies in which we will produce a total of 10 national park unit case studies (one page each, front and back) that demonstrate the importance of historic and cultural resources in the National Park System.
    • Case studies will emphasize the stories and history associated with each place and lack of adequate funding to maintain and restore historic structures within the unit.
    • Intern will research images and documents related to National Register of Historic Places
  • Other projects will include:
    • Researching public policy issues related to historic preservation and the National Trusts Public Lands programs
    • Drafting communications to members of Congress, their legislative staffs, and national organizations within the historic preservation community
    • Working closely with the Vice President of Government Relations & Policy and the Public Lands Director
    • Some administrative tasks in support of the department's mission.





  • A strong interest in historic preservation, history, cultural resources, and/or public policy.  Some experience in government relations or congressional affairs preferred.
  • Experience researching images and documents in major archival repositories
  • Availability to work 20-35 hours per week
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including  issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills. 
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.  Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with other software a plus, including ArcGIS and social media tools.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter (public policy, history, preservation, etc.) preferred.

Educational Value to the Intern

The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and government relations professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nations leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations.  The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program.  Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution. 


Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:


  • Research in Historic Preservation
  • Public Policy


At the end of the project the intern will have produced research and policy work which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.

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How to apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to 362757-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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