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Posted: 03/25/2020

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Historic Sites 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 Sites Fundraising & Marketing Internship
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$2,000 stipend
Open Until


The Historic Sites Advancement Team intern will assist with fundraising and marketing projects for the National Trusts portfolio of 28 Historic Sites and affiliated programs such as Historic Artists Homes & Studios, Distinctive Destinations, etc.

The intern will report jointly to the Senior Manager for Historic Sites Marketing and the Senior Manager for Historic Sites Development. The intern will join the Development division 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 June 8 to July 31, 2020 for approximately 20 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Assist with creation and design of fundraising proposals and materials for staff, donors, and other National Trust audiences.
  • Assist with research of fundraising prospects, primarily foundations and corporations, for National Trust Historic Sites and related initiatives.
  • Assist with creation and design of marketing plans and materials for National Trust Historic Sites programs and events.
  • Research, write, and develop content relating to National Trust Historic Sites for the National Trusts platforms (web, email, social media, etc.)
  • Research and provide recommendations on various marketing-related programs across the National Trust Historic Sites portfolio.


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected fundraising, marketing, and cultural heritage 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:

  • Fundraising operations at a national nonprofit
  • Fundraising opportunities and challenges at historic sites
  • Writing for various targeted audiences (donors, general public, internal communications, etc.)
  • Marketing practices at historic sites and throughout the cultural resources and nonprofit fields.

At the end of the project, the intern will have produced fundraising and marketing materials which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • 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 Adobe InDesign 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.

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



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