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Posted: 03/17/2019

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Historic Sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direction action and inspiring broad public support.

Historic Sites Management & Women's History Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$2,000.00 stipend
Open Until


The Historic Sites Intern will focus on engagement of the National Trusts portfolio of 28 Historic Sites, affiliated historic site networks such as Historic Artists Homes and Studios, and the historic sites field at-large. Part of the interns time will be spent on duties related to the administration of the Trusts network of sites, and part of their time will be spent conducting research and outreach related to the Trusts current Womens History initiatives.  

The intern will report to the Manager for Historic Sites Administration and Engagement in the Historic Sites Department at the National Trusts Watergate headquarters. Some opportunities for visiting and working with local National Trust Historic Sites may be possible through assigned projects. 

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 $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately May 1, 2019 through July 26, for approximately 20 hours per week (some flexibility of dates and schedule available).


  • Assist with the annual Historic Sites Award process, including award marketing, nomination and jury process, and coordination with award recipient(s).
  • Assist with scheduling and logistics for the National Trusts annual Historic Site Directors meeting.
  • Work with staff at National Trust Historic Sites to update the National Trusts internal Image Management System collection of Historic Sites images.
  • Assist in developing and stewarding Historic Sites content for the National Trusts Editorial channels. Opportunity to contribute written pieces for National Trust website.
  • In the lead up to the 2020 centennial of the passage of the 19th Admendment securing the constitutional right of women to vote in the United States, and in conjunction with a cross-Trust task force focused on identifying and supporting sites associated with Womens History, the intern will also have the opportunity to conduct research on womens heritage at National Trust Historic Sites. Through staff interviews, use of the Trusts new online collections management portal, and other sources, the intern will help identify potential new National Treasures projects and opportunities for collaborations between Sites and National Treasures programs.  


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 and culture organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to visit and work with staff at local National Trust Historic Sites and 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:

  • Experience day-to-day operations at a large national nonprofit and gain insight into current stewardship models and management of prominent historic sites and museums.
  • Nonprofit marketing and content development strategies related to history, preservation, landscapes, and related topics.
  • Project management and communication strategies for working with colleagues remotely and engaging external audiences and partners. 

This internship offers the opportunity to write and publish pieces on the National Trusts website and social media channels, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits. The intern will also serve a key role in facilitating the 2019 Historic Sites Award process, including identifying and coordinating new marketing and outreach efforts. 


  • Experience, studies or interest in museum administration, as well as collections management and research, particularly in the area of Womens History.
  • 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. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
  • 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 frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel, required. Familiarity with other software (such as social media platforms, Adobe InDesign, and video conferencing programs) a plus.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required. Time commitment will range from 15-25 hours per week depending on workload.
  • 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, including history, preservation, museum administration, womens history or gender studies, art history, marketing, communications, or other fields preferred.

How to apply
Please email resume with cover letter to
David Field
Phone: 2025886124
2600 Virginia Avenue
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037

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