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National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship, Wesleyan Summer Grants Program

Nancy Campbell Internship - Wesleyan Summer Grants Program

This internship is funded through the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program.

In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic preservation, friends and family of Nancy Campbell, wife of former Wesleyan University President Colin Campbell, established this endowed grant fund.

Nancy Campbell is chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as chairman of the National Trusts Campaign for Americas Historic Places. She is a former chairman of both the National Trusts Board of Advisors and the Heritage Society. She served on the White House Millennium Committee to Save Americas Treasures, is a trustee of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy and Historic Hudson Valley, both in New York, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered by Congress in 1949, is a nonprofit advocacy organization with approximately 250,000 members. The National Trust is committed to saving America’s diverse historic environments and to encouraging public participation in the preservation of sites, buildings, and objects that are significant in American history and culture.

Dates:           10 weeks, from June to August
Location:     Washington, DC (other locations may be possible) TBD if in-person or remote
Housing:      On own (several local universities make housing available)

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. 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 welcome the opportunity to leverage the background and first-rate education of a Wesleyan student who is looking to have a direct impact on communities around the country while building invaluable workplace and advocacy experience.

Internship Description
The Nancy Campbell Intern from Wesleyan University 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, fundraising, social media & digital content, direct action field services, community development, or museums, collections & public programming.

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. We also may have opportunities at one of our local history sites, or in areas like our fundraising or business development departments.

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

Please Apply on Handshake with the Following Materials:
1) Resume
2) Budget - Access Here
3) Essays (Please put in one document and upload in Cover Letter section)
  1. Tell us about yourself and your goals for the future. (500 words maximum)
  2. Tell us why you are interested in working at the National Trust for Historic Preservation this summer. (750 words maximum)

**If chosen for this opportunity, you will be required to complete all components of the Wesleyan Summer Grants post-acceptance application before funding is finalized. Please visit our website to read and review the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program.

If you are interested in applying to the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program with another opportunity in mind, you may complete the general application on  AcademicWorks.
Applications close February 26, 11:59pm