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Posted: 03/25/2020

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Shadows-on-the-Teche Historic Site

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

African American History & Genealogy Internship
Internship Opportunity
New Iberia, LA
$2,000 stipend
Open Until


The intern will assist staff with research for the ongoing Telling the Full History project. Specifically, the intern will conduct research in Shadows archives, Weeks Family Papers, census records, period newspapers, and courthouse records, to identify and learn more about African Americans connected to the site between 1830s-1950s. The intern will work with site and historic sites staff to develop a new, more inclusive tour and introductory exhibit scheduled for September 2020.

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 15, 2020 to August 15, 2020, for approximately 20 hours per week.


  • Conduct research in Weeks Family Papers, census records, and parish records to build on 2019 research list of African Americans who worked or were associated with the site.
  • Set up research files for names on this list with images and any genealogical information discovered
  • Continue working with the Iberia African American Historical Society to connect research findings to IAAHS genealogical records.
  • Write weekly social media posts on the project.
  • Present a public program on project


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 & 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:

  • Use of archival materials
  • Working with primary documents
  • African American genealogical research
  • Collaboration with community partners
  • Planning, creating PowerPoint, marketing, and presenting public program as culmination of internship.

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a PowerPoint to be used in guide training, and set up African American family files to serve as model and added to by future research, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Be able to work 20 hours per week; which can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, between 9:00-5:00
  • 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. Bi-lingual language skills 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 required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • 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 research, African American studies, genealogy, and historic sites preferred.

How to apply
Please visit our application portal at the URL below to upload your resume and cover letter



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