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Posted: 03/22/2017

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Programmatic Diversity Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC




As Programmatic Diversity Intern, undergraduate and graduate students interested in such fields as preservation, diversity and inclusion, instructional design, program management and/or event management will receive real-world work experience in the above fields. Through the internship, students will increase their knowledge and awareness of organizational diversity and inclusion goals and strategies, enhance their understanding of continuing education programming, and observe the work of professionals in the broader preservation community. The intern will receive access to the Forum Connect community to stay connected with the preservation professionals network through the duration of his or her internship and afterwards.

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 stipend of $2,000 to help offset expenses. Date of the summer internship program are June 5 July 28, but may be flexible.  


  • Assist with developing content and questions to spark dialogue in the Forum Connect community about diversity issues in preservation.
  • Compile diversity and inclusion resources to post on staff intranet.
  • Assist with selection of 2017 PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program conference participants.
  • Organize Diversity Scholarship Program alumni database and make recommendations for tracking updates.
  • Assist with developing 25th anniversary programming for Diversity Scholarship Program at the 2017 PastForward conference in Chicago.
  • Develop photo collage of Diversity Scholarship Program alumni.
  • Write blog article about Programmatic Diversity Internship experience.


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

  •  Preservation 
  •  Diversity and inclusion programming and initiatives 
  •  Instructional design and continuing educational programming 
  •  Event management  

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a suite of resources to promote diversity in preservation and a blog article to document their experience which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Familiarity with diversity programming and initiatives, including experience cultivating and working with diverse audiences and partners.
  • A minimum of 20 hours per week the duration of the internship.
  • 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.
  • 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: preservation, instructional design/continuing education, social justice, journalism, communications.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.


OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 524264-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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