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Posted: 03/14/2018

National Trust for Historic Preservation
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. We protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring board public support.

GIS Internship (Rosenwald Schools Mapping Project)
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until


 The Rosenwald Schools GIS Mapping Intern will work on a National Park Service-funded program to geo-map information on historic Rosenwald Schools, one room schools houses built by and for African American communities during the period of segregation in education. The progam will aggregate disparate cultural resource information about schools located all over the southern US into one comprehensive geodatabase that will become the go-to resource for the public, researchers, and preservationists alike to better understand these important historic resources.  The intern will ultimately help preserve Rosenwald Schools by standardizing historic resource survey data, which will allow for easier-to-understand information while encouraging the addition of new surveys from state preservation officers and other agencies. By helping to create interactive story maps, the intern will provide the public with compelling information on these structures and enhance their interpretation, increasing visibility for the Rosenwald Schools and the ongoing work to save them, as well as elevating to a national level the importance of these schools, the stories they tell, and the threats they face.

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 $3000 to help offset expenses (funded in part by a National Park Service African American Civil Rights grant). The period of the internship would be from approximately 6/4 to 7/27, for approximately 35 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  •  The intern will assist the GIS Project Manager and other National Trust staff with:
  • digitizing data from electronic or paper maps and images;
  • developing and organizing spatial data into geodatabases;
  •  creating print maps;
  •  creating ArcGIS Online web applications and story maps

 The intern will also assist with other GIS-related projects, such as:

  • creating story maps and other web applications for National Trust programs like HOPE Crew, the Historic Tax Credit, National Treasures, and Historic Sites
  •  developing core datasets for the National Trust
  •  producing print maps for advocacy efforts to protect the historic tax credit, and assisting National Treasure campaigns through the production of web applications and spatial analytics. 


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

  •  geodatabase creation and management;
  •  spatial analytics;
  •  web GIS/ArcGIS Online web applications;

As the National Trust has an Enterprise License Agreement with Esri, a leader in GIS software, the intern will be using the latest GIS software and familiarizing him/herself with important industry standards and guidelines, such as spatial data creation, geodatabase management, and metadata standards.

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a set of print and web map applications, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  •  Knowledge and experience using Esri products, especially ArcMap 10.x.
  •  Familiarity or strong interest in web GIS applications.
  •  Knowledge of geodatabases, spatial analysis, and cartography.
  •  Experience working with Model Builder and/or arcpy preferred.
  •  Familiarity with metadata standards and relational databases preferred.
  •  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 (especially English/Spanish) 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, 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 (geography, urban spatial analytics, historic preservation) preferred.

How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 721824-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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