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Posted: 03/25/2020

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Marketing Department

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

Distinctive Destinations Historic Sites Marketing Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$2,000 stipend
Open Until


The Marketing Intern for Historic Sites will play a key role in helping to further develop the Distinctive Destinations historic sites marketing program and work on other historic sites marketing initiatives as identified. The intern will have an opportunity to help build the Distinctive Destinations program and to communicate with historic sites across the country on a regular basis as well as being involved in consumer marketing initiatives to increase awareness for the program.

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, and is looking for someone from approximately June 8 - July 31, 2020, at about 20-30 hours per week (flexible schedule available).


  • Help to expand the Distinctive Destinations program by researching and engaging with a prospect list of historic sites to reach our FY2020 goal of 300 participating sites.
  • Maintain the prospect and member database.
  • Maintain consistent communication stream with participating sites, providing regular updates and training opportunities.
  • Work with Historic Sites and Forum marketing to develop training and networking opportunities for participating sites staff.
  • Build and maintain Distinctive Destinations site pages on SavingPlaces.org
  • Brainstorm and develop marketing campaigns to drive visibility for the Distinctive Destinations program among National Trust supporters and prospects, including working with Facebook advertising and GoogleAds.
  • Work with the Marketing Partnerships team to identify and pitch corporate partners for additional funding for the program.
  • Research and help identify possible growth opportunities and marketing strategies for DD and National Trust historic sites.


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. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning how a non-profit organization can grow a targeted marketing program with a front row seat as we determine the strategy to keep the program moving forward.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Program development and project management
  • Business development learning the process and partnership structures involved in developing corporate partnerships
  • Historic sites management providing marketing, fundraising, and professional development assistance to all types of historic sites

The intern can also participate in any educational programming offered during their time at the National Trust through the internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.


  • Some experience in project management, new business development, relationship management and marketing
  • Ability to work 20+ hours per week during regular business hours schedule can be flexible
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated 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. Comfort with web-based tools and PhotoShop is 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 career interest in marketing, strategy, business, and related subject matter preferred.

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



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