National Trust for Historic Preservation

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 250 staff members and many volunteers and interns, who work at our Washington, DC, headquarters, as well as all around the country at our 27 historic sites and various field offices. Our work leverages all the National Trust’s resources to focus on endangered nationally significant 10) Organization Description Please describe your organization briefly, including mission statement, activities, size etc. Please also explain the benefit that will be derived by your organization by sponsoring a Princeton intern. buildings, landscapes, and communities. Programs like our African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund seek 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 community revitalization 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 will work on individual projects and attend weekly educational sessions on topics relating to preservation, National Trust programs, and nonprofit 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.

In 2022, as in 2021, our program will be completely remote, meaning that we can accommodate participation by students working from anywhere in the U.S. where they have their own computer or laptop, phone, and strong, secure high speed internet access. Educational and networking events will be held virtually in order to benefit all participants.


Washington, DC

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 casestudies on preservation- or sustainability-related topics; documented the success of community revitalization programs; helped to develop resources to advocate for saving historic sites, 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. Interns benefit by gaining real world work experience on substantive, impactful projects under the guidance and mentorship of professionals in various fields. Many interns produce deliverables such as case studies or online articles that can be added to their portfolio and cited on their resumes.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 6/6 - 7/29 2022 9:00am  5:00pm No No Remote

Housing Information

Internships for this year will be remote. The Intern does not need to reside in DC and can work from home or any other location.

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.

Writing Sample Required


Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations
  • Computer, phone and internet access to effectively work remotely