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Posted: 05/13/2016


The City of Paterson, New Jersey is seeking graduate students in Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Archaeology, History or other closely related field to intern with the Division of Historic Preservation. Paterson is America’s first planned industrial city, home to the Great Falls of the Passaic/Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers Historic District and the recently-designated Great Falls National Historical Park. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1976, and a Municipal Historic District in 1988. The National Landmark District consists of approximately 110 acres, of which the National Historical Park is a subset of 35 acres, and includes the Great Falls of the Passaic, a 77-foot tall waterfall; a mile-long waterpower raceway system (1794), and approximately 150 nineteenth-century industrial and residential structures. The principal historic industries represented are silk textile manufacturing /dyeing and locomotive manufacture. The new national historical park recently completed its General Management Plan, and is working closely with the Division of Historic Preservation on the design and construction of key park lands that are identified for transfer to the NPS following construction. Other projects underway during 2016 are construction and planning projects for Hinchliffe Stadium, a 1930s arena that is a National Historic Landmark and part of the national park; several engineering / preservation plan studies, and a number of large-scale rehabilitations of multi-story buildings in the commercial district as well as in the national park district. These and other projects will provide excellent opportunities for hands-on independent and guided work in a high-paced, historic preservation office staffed by seasoned professionals.

Internship Opportunity
Paterson, NJ
$not offered


The main emphasis of the internship will be participation in a current in-house project that closely suits the interests of the interns research focus or developing a knowledge base.

In addition to a project focus, the intern can expect to:

1.   Become familiar with the goals, duties, and responsibilities of the City of Paterson Historic Preservation Commission and the daily operations of the Historic Preservation Office.

  1. Prepare a pre-hearing report, with recommendations, for a proposed project requiring Commission review.
  2. Attend public and committee meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission during the term of the internship.
  3. Prepare for and attend all other public meetings related to in-house projects.
  4. Perform certain administrative office duties. 

A minimum of two, full-time weeks, but more than four is preferred; or a longer term, part-time schedule may be considered. To be based on a flexible summer schedule, between June and October 2016. The period can be tailored to meet your universitys internship requirements.

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How to apply
Interested? Please send a letter of introduction of not more than 2 pages together with your CV. Send as a PDF file attachment to email. No phone calls please. Include your contact information, educational level, degree program and institution, enrollment status, availability, internship degree requirements if known, and any specific topical or project interests. Also include a short writing sample of 10 pages or less.
Gianfranco Archimede

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