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Posted: 03/13/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Houston Office

Latino Heritage Preservation Research Internship - Rio Vista Farm Hist
Internship Opportunity
Houston, TX


Intern will research and write on the history of the Bracero Reception and Contracting Center at Rio Vista Farm in Socorro, Texas, in support of a National Historic Landmark nomination.

Throughout its 101 yearsfrom beginnings as a poor farm to sheltering of children during the Great Depression and point of entry for the Bracero ProgramRio Vista Farm has shaped the region and helped establish a foundation for modern Mexican-American communities. Rio Vista Farms history reveals a nationally significant, yet overlooked, side of the American experienceand remains a testament to the stories and contributions of the many skilled Mexican guest-workers brought in to the U.S. to aid with farm labor shortages across America during and after World War II. Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working to save this National Treasure through landmark designation and adaptive use.

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 may be able offer a stipend to help offset expenses. Dates of the summer internship program are June 5 July 28, but may be flexible for this project.

The intern may work in the Houston Field Office or on site at the University of Texas in El Paso near the Bracero Program archives.


  • Research and collect primary historic documents from the Bracero Program archives and other sources
  • Prepare a historic narrative of Rio Vista Farm during the Bracero Program period
  • Collected research and documentation will assist in supporting a National Historic Landmark nomination


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation 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:

  •  historical and archival research
  •  collecting documents using best archival practices
  •  preparation of National Historic Landmark nominations

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a portfolio of historic documentation and possibly a National Historic Landmark nomination which can be added to their professional resume in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Strong archival and digital research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Interest in public and Latino history.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) with ability to read and speak Spanish preferred.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • 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
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners, especially Latino communities, a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • 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 preferred, including historic preservation, history, Latino studies, archives, museums, humanities, or other related fields.
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Until Filled

How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 518964-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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