The Preservation Maryland staff in their offices at the historic Meadow Mill complex in Baltimore City.

Maryland History and Preservation Internships

05/25/2016
By Preservation Maryland

As an 84-year old organization you might think that Preservation Maryland has slowed down a bit – but no, we’re still full of fight! Since our founding, we have worked to preserve Maryland’s heritage through funding, advocacy and outreach. One of the ways that we move towards the Maryland that we envision is through training a new generation of preservationists with the William D. Waxter Memorial Internship program.

OPEN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Preservation Maryland is offering an array of opportunities to work and learn with our organization in a meaningful way throughout 2016 by inviting interns to participate in a number of important projects. Our staff of six are experts on and passionate about Maryland’s heritage. We offer a welcoming office environment in Baltimore City in a renovated historic mill with a flexible schedule. Some travel during the internship may be reimbursed, and a small stipend may be awarded at the conclusion of an internship. Internships are open to students, recent graduates, and all those with an interest in preservation and a dedication to helping protect what makes Maryland great.

AVAILABLE PROJECTS

RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Project: Seek out, explore, and document interesting stories and places of Maryland; covert those to blog posts on a regular basis. See our blog and/or Facebook page for examples.

Topics may include: Researching past and present preservation projects, following-up with grant/award winners, posting/attending/recapping preservation/history events across Maryland, interviewing partners/sponsors, assisting as needed in the office.

Skills: General computer literacy, proficient in online searches, comfortable making phone calls to gather and update contact information. Experience in design, journalism/reporting, photography and blogging a plus. In addition to the general application materials, please provide a writing sample.

When: Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3 month commitment

Where: Preservation Maryland office, and/or remotely


ENGAGEMENT & EVENT INTERN

Project: Assist in enhancing our outreach with existing supporters, and expanding that reach with quality communications and event offerings. Specific projects may include coordinating a field trip, partnering with businesses and organizations, tabling/attending events across the State.

Skills: Great organizational skills, experience with Microsoft Excel/Access; experience with EveryAction, EventBrite, Google Forms a plus; interest in communications, fundraising, and engagement work. In addition to the general application materials, please provide a writing sample.

When: Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3 month commitment

Where: Preservation Maryland office, and/or remotely


DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Project: Work with staff to research, execute, and enhance our development efforts to corporations, organizations, sponsors, and major donors using a variety of media and tactics.

Skills: Detail oriented with strong organizational skills, very comfortable with making phone calls and in-person meetings, experience with Microsoft Office required with expectation of data entry work, experience with donor management or database software a big plus.

When: Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3 month commitment

Where: Preservation Maryland office, and in-person with potential donors


OPEN SPACE RESEARCH & ADVOCACY INTERN

In partnership with the Partners for Open Space, Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce a special opportunity to help advocate for Maryland’s Program Open Space, one of the nation’s strongest land and cultural resource preservation programs. Two positions are currently available and will be located in the Preservation Maryland offices.

Project: Seek out, explore, and document interesting stories and places protected by Program Open Space. Convert those to blog posts on a weekly basis. See our blog and/or Facebook page for examples.

Topics may include: Researching past and present preservation projects, following-up with Open Space grant recipients, posting/attending/recapping preservation related events across Maryland, interviewing partners/sponsors/landowners/park visitors, assisting as needed in the office.

Skills: General computer literacy, proficient in online searches, comfortable making phone calls to gather and update contact information. Experience in design, journalism/reporting, photography and blogging a plus. In addition to the general application materials, please provide a writing sample. Fluency in Spanish is also a plus.

When: Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3 month commitment.

Where: Preservation Maryland office, and/or remotely, as approved


 

DIGITAL ARCHIVE PROJECT

Project: Research and enter descriptive metadata to our born-digital photography collection for in-office access through Adobe Bridge, and online access through Flickr. This is part of a larger digitization project that may expand to include additional opportunities. Learn more about the project from this blog post or go to flickr.com/presmd.

Skills: Organizational skills, experience in cataloging collections, library science, or museum studies, experience using Adobe Bridge a plus

When: Flexible daily schedule, 20+ hours/week, minimum 3 month commitment

Where: Preservation Maryland office


PRESERVATION INTERN

Project: Provide essential organizational, field work/documentation, and narrative content for historic sites throughout Maryland that apply to be part of our Six-to-Fix program. Six-to-Fix makes real impact on threatened sites in Maryland by providing a tailor package of support, be it seed funding, professional/technical assistance, project planning, and/or promotion.

Skills: Great organizational and communication skills, and ability to set meaningful personal goals; experience in Maryland-based historic research, academic/experience-based knowledge of historic preservation, photography and drawing skills a big plus. In addition to the general application materials, please provide a history/architectural history/preservation or other technical writing sample.

When: Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3 month commitment (August through October)

Where: Preservation Maryland office in Baltimore, travel required


ADVOCACY ASSISTANT

AVAILABLE JANUARY 2017 THROUGH APRIL 2017

Project: Assist with our Preservation Platform advocacy strategy and grassroots advocacy events during the Maryland General Assembly; learn more at presmd.org/advocacy

Skills: Organizational skills, interest and/or past experience in advocacy, good online research and writing skills, comfortable public speaking a plus

When: Must be available for full duration of Maryland General Assembly, January 2017 through April 2017; 10-15 hours/week, flexible daily schedule

Where: Preservation Maryland office, and/or remotely; requires travel to Annapolis

How to Apply

Please read through the following internship project descriptions, responsibilities and deliverables, and apply only to those that your skills and interests are best suited. Interns will likely be asked to perform additional tasks than those listed in order to assist the organization. To apply, send an email to submit@presmd.org with the project title in the subject line and attach a PDF version of your resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you have any questions, please call Meagan Baco, 410-685-2886 x308.

Since 1931, Preservation Maryland has worked to protect the places, stories and communities in Maryland that matter. As a non-profit organization, it works with partners across the state to accomplish this important mission and protect the best of Maryland. Preservation Maryland is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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