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Posted: 03/25/2020

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Law Department

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

Historic Preservation Easements Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until


The National Trust Easement Program Intern will document historic protected properties through current conditions reports. The National Trust administers preservation easements, deed restrictions, and covenants on over 130 historic properties located in 25 states across the country.

Baseline documentation typically accompanies a preservation and conservation easement at the time the easement is granted and is critical for establishing the condition of those features protected by the easement. However, older easements may have inadequate baseline documentation, as standards for documenting properties protected by preservation and conservation easements has evolved over time.

A current conditions report is designed to document the existing conditions at a protected property with inadequate baseline documentation. Developing current conditions reports for these properties will improve the National Trusts stewardship of its easements in perpetuity. The intern will develop current conditions reports for approximately five (5) easement properties in the Washington, DC area. Some limited travel may be required in Northern Virginia. A remote opportunity in the New York/Philadelphia area may be also available depending on the home location of the intern.

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. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 1 to July 31, for approximately 35 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Become familiar with the National Trusts template preservation and conservation easement, including baseline documentation and current conditions report format;
  • Contact property owners to inform them of the current conditions report project;
  • Complete site visits to document properties for current conditions reports, including photography; and
  • Develop up to five (5) current conditions reports, including creating site plans and floor plans, drafting written architectural descriptions, identifying character-defining features, identifying preservation and conservation values, and processing photographs.


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and legal 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 and conservation easements
  • Administration of easements by preservation organizations
  • Documentation of historic properties

At the end of the project the intern will have produced current conditions reports on several historic properties which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Experience in historic building documentation, including architectural photography.
  • An interest in preservation legal tools, including preservation and conservation easements, a plus.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with other software, such as Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS, a plus.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in historic preservation, architectural history, urban planning, or related fields preferred.

How to apply
Please visit the application URL below to upload our resume and cover letter.
David Field



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