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Posted: 02/02/2018

Dane G. Hansen Foundation & K-State Research and Extension

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation & K-State Research and Extension work to enhance economic and community development initiatives in northwest Kansas. This internship will work with property and business owners in Lincoln County, KS to help develop improvement plans for downtown storefronts and public buildings.

Architecture Intern
Internship Opportunity
Lincoln, KS
$14/hr + housing is covered locally
Open Until

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Attractive and well-maintained storefronts and buildings are critical to the survival of small town businesses.  Owners often defer maintenance on their buildings due to not having enough time, money or knowledge to deal with the problems.  To address these issues, an intern(s) will work with property owners to design and develop improvement plans for downtown storefronts and public buildings.  Plans will compliment the unique and historic post rock limestone architecture present throughout the community.  The goal is to work with property owners to create a tangible plan for their buildings and an inspiring vision for the overall downtown.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, February 16, 2018

EMPLOYMENT:  May 29, 2018 to August 3, 2018


Creation of schematic designs 2D or 3D renderings that follow historic preservation principals with annotations of recommendations for storefront improvements (such as windows, doors, signage, paint, masonry repairs, etc.) and renovations to existing buildings (such as designing a new city council chamber room within city hall). 

Provide product examples paint samples, awning fabrics swatches, signage recommendations, etc.

Develop cost estimates gathered from local contractors and suppliers to be used by the property owners for grant funding applications.

As time allows, assist with other community visioning projects such as development of a streetscape plan for downtown with new streetlights, planters and improved crosswalks. 

Meet with local boards and civic organizations as needed to explain and conduct the identified project.

Community service or volunteering with a community organization is highly encouraged.  This would be outside of the scope of the designated project and working hours.

Participate in any professional staff development that may be available.

Complete other responsibilities assigned by the mentoring supervisor.

This position may require travel connected with official duties, including attendance at night and weekend meetings, participation in out-of-county events, access to a personal vehicle, and a drivers license. The intern will be required to provide their own computer with software such as Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.


Completion of at least six university semesters (will need to have reached at least senior status by the 2018 fall semester at any college or university).

Students enrolled in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups, and through mass media and social media.

Self-motivation and ability to work with minimum supervision.

Experience working with individuals, groups, and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by previous leadership roles.

Students with a strong interest in historic preservation and understanding of preservation design principals are preferred.

Students from NW Kansas are preferred.


$14.00 per hour. 40 hours per week. Maximum 400 hours


The host community will provide housing and cover rent and utilities.


February 16, 2018 - Application deadline

February 5 February 28, 2018 - Interviews conducted

March 5, 2018 - Offers made to applicants

March 19 May 12, 2018 - Visit to host communities

May 29, 2018 - Internship start date

How to apply
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Submit resume, cover letter, transcripts, portfolio and list of references using the link below. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. For more information about the position, contact Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, Executive Director, 785-524-8954, lcedfdirector@outlook.com or Nadine Sigle, Community Vitality Extension Specialist, 785-346-6256, nsigle@ksu.edu. Online application portal at the bottom of the page: http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/503041/dane-g-hansen-kstate-research-and-extension-community-intern
Kelly Larson
Phone: 7855248954
216 E Lincoln Ave
Lincoln, KS 67455

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