National Trust for Historic Preservation

PICS Organization Name
National Trust for Historic Preservation


Washington, DC

Weekly Stipend
Approx. $500

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns

Organization Description

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to protect significant places that reflect our nation’s diverse cultural heritage. We take direct action and inspire public support for saving the places and revitalizing the neighborhoods that have shaped our American experience, that honor our personal and shared stories, and that will inspire a more vibrant future. 

The National Trust is comprised of 300 staff members and many volunteers and interns, who work at our Washington, DC, headquarters in the iconic Watergate Office Building, as well as at our 6 field offices and 28 historic sites all around the country. Much of our work centers on our National Treasures program, which leverages all the National Trust’s resources to focus on a portfolio of endangered nationally significant buildings, landscapes, and communities. The National Trust’s new African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund seeks to tell our nation’s full history by drawing attention to centuries of African-American activism and achievement. And our work in the area of Re-Urbanism connects issues of sustainability, environmentalism, adaptive re-use of older buildings, and community re-investment to improve the health, affordability, and livability of urban neighborhoods. 

During an 8-week program, our 15-20 interns work on individual projects and attend weekly networking events and educational sessions on topics relating to preservation, National Trust programs, and non-profit advocacy. 

We would welcome the opportunity to leverage the background and first-rate education of Princeton students who would energize our mission and who are looking to have a direct impact on communities around the country while building invaluable workplace and advocacy experience.

Internship Description

A PICS program Advocacy Intern 
would work alongside staff from one of several possible departments depending on the skills sets, educational background and interests of the intern and the needs of the National Trust for the coming summer. Past interns have worked in areas that include government relations & policy, public affairs & media relations, community outreach & engagement, marketing, social media & digital content, direct action field services, or community development. 

Projects typically involve research, writing, or helping to create strategy and community engagement for advocacy campaigns. Past interns have researched and compiled case-studies on preservation- or sustainability-related topics; documented the success of community revitalization programs; helped to develop resources to advocate for National Treasures, or assisted in field surveys and community development organizing in older neighborhoods. Interns often produce material used in publications or data used in lobbying, advocacy work and community outreach programs.

Internship Qualifications
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.
Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
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 (especially English/Spanish).
Experience in full MS Office suite, including Work Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook strongly preferred. 

Additional qualifications: Interest and/or studies in related fields, such as public policy, communications, journalism, social activism/social justice, or history, architecture, urban planning, urban studies.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/3/19 - 7/26/19

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Interns typically find housing through several local universities or on their own

Evaluation Excerpt

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


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