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Posted: 03/31/2017

Historic Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre National Historic Landmark situated along the Anacostia River on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. As the premier burial ground for the nationís capital city founded in 1807, Congressional became the final resting place for hundreds of notable individuals from across the country. This impressive roster of outstanding Americans enables Congressional to tell the story of America in all its many dimensions. Today Congressional is not the sleepy old burial ground you might expect; it is a vibrant active community of daily dog walkers, visiting descendants, outdoor movie nights, history and genealogy researchers, school tours, living history presentations, night tours, marching bands, 5k races, festivals, preservationists, and gardeners. It is also a privately owned, non-profit managed active burial ground with 68,000 interred and 30,000 headstones. Learn more on our FB page or website at www.CongressionalCemetery.org

Hands on Consevationist
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$250 week

Assist the Grounds Conservation Manager with the up-righting, repair, pinning, and cleaning of headstones and repair of historic vaults, buildings, mausoleums, etc.Install historic landscaping and outdoor memorials, furniture, and footstones.Assist with ongoing mapping project via Ground Penetrating Radar and ArcGIS.Must be able to life 50 pounds, mostly outdoor work.

Intern General Responsibilities & Other Possibilities:

- Expand & create digital walking tours on our two Apps

- Assist with management and coordination archival documents

- Assist with all historic preservation and collections management projects

- Assist visitors with genealogical and historical information requests

- Assist in planning and implementing myriad public events

- Assist visitors in locating individual burial plots and family biographical records

- Updating historical information data bases

- Making entries in historic death registers

- Assist in the conservation of individual headstones

- Conduct Monument Condition Assessment Reports

- Observe or participate in staff meetings

- Research African-Americans, LGBT, and other minority groups interred in the cemetery

- Assist in light maintenance of buildings and grounds, as able or appropriate

- Lead occasional tours of historic property

- Researching and writing grants

- Assist with media relations efforts, including various writing assignments

- Development and carry through of independent research projects


- Background in Historic Preservation, Conservation, History, and/or Museum Studies

- Strong computer skills in Word, Access, Excel, Outlook

- Good organizational skills

- Good written and oral communication skills

- Attention to detail and accuracy essential

- Able to work independently

Qualified applicants will be available for flexible scheduling of minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer. Internships last for a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks and may be part or full time. This is a paid internship position at $250 per week full time, up to $3,000 total.† Reimbursement for public transportation costs also available (VRE, MARC or Metro).† Connection to reasonable cost summer housing also available.† Academic credit may be arranged in cooperation with sponsoring college or university. Historic Congressional Cemetery is easily reached by taking metro to the Stadium/Armory or Potomac Avenue Station, on the orange, blue and silver lines.



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How to apply
Please send cover letter, internship type desired, and resume or any questions to Paul K. Williams, President, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 or pwilliams@congressionalcemetery.org. No calls please
Paul Williams
Phone: 202-543-0539
1801 E Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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