Preservation Maryland and Burkittsville Preservation Association at Shafer Farm, November 2016.

Rolling Application Dates: Maryland Historic Preservation Internships

01/15/2020
By Preservation Maryland

One of the ways that Preservation Maryland moves 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 offers an array of opportunities to work and learn with our organization in a meaningful way by inviting interns to participate in a number of important projects. Our staff 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. Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis. 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.

How to Apply

Please read through the available 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 internship title in the subject line and attach a PDF version of your resume and either (1) your portfolio, or (2) writing sample; no cover letter needed. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you have any questions, please call Meagan Baco, 410-685-2886 x308.

Available Projects

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Project: Seek out, explore, research and write about interesting stories and places of Maryland history; convert those to blog posts and social media posts on a regular basis that may be featured on the Preservation Maryland blog or PreserveCast podcast. See our blog and/or Facebook page for examples. Preservation Maryland has priority topics including researching locations of enslaved people and the Underground Railroad in Maryland related to our statewide project in partnership with the Department of Tourism. 

Topics may include: Researching Maryland history and architecture, summarizing historic preservation projects, following-up with grant and award winners, creating and posting to a communications/social media calendar, creating media and outreach communications lists, and assisting as needed in the office.

Skills: General computer literacy, proficient in online historic research, familiarity with social media, comfortable making phone calls and participating in a small office environment. Experience in design, journalism/reporting, photography/photo editing, and blogging/social media a big plus. In addition to the general application materials, please provide a writing sample suitable for a short essay or blog post.

When: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with the intention of filling the position in early Spring 2020. Flexible daily/weekly schedule, 20+ hours/week, 2-3 days/week in office, minimum 3-month commitment.

Where: Preservation Maryland office in Baltimore City, and/or remotely.

Compensation: Preservation Maryland will work with selected applicants to qualify for academic credit houses, intern requirements, and/or provide an hourly wage starting at $11/hour. Approved mileage and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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ARCHITECTURE INTERN

Project: Provide essential fieldwork, documentation/measuring, drafting, and 2D/3D renderings for historic sites throughout Maryland. These are real-world projects that are done in collaboration with professional architects, preservationists, and planners and have direct impact on saving historic resources. Architectural interns must work independently to complete measured drawings from their own measurements, notes, and sketches. The organization has several active projects for documentation including in Western Maryland.

Skills: Understanding of historic construction and architecture, ability to document buildings in the field, prepare field notes and measurements into floor plans and elevations, 3D rendering capability a major plus. This position is best suited for interns with a technical background in preservation, planning, and/or architecture. Intern must have their own access to design/CAD software and have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license.

When: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on February 1, 2020, and filled based on available projects.

Where: Preservation Maryland is headquartered in Baltimore with project across the state. Intern must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Intern is eligible for remote work approved by their project supervisor.

Compensation: Preservation Maryland will work with selected applicants to qualify for academic credit houses, intern requirements, and/or provide an hourly wage starting at $11/hour. Approved mileage and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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DIGITAL ARCHIVE PROJECT

Project: Research and enter descriptive metadata to our print, slides, and born-digital photography collection for in-office access through Adobe Bridge and online public access through Flickr and Digital Maryland. Learn more about the project from this blog post or go to flickr.com/presmd. This digitization project is part of a larger committement of Preservation Maryland to archive and provide access to our organization’s work and resources. The physical collection of the organization is held in Special Collections at the University of Maryland. 

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

When: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as this is an on-going project and available any time of year. This round of applications will be reviewed in early Spring 2020 with the goal  of bringing the intern on in early 2020. Flexible daily schedule, 5-10 hours/week, minimum 3-month commitment.

Where: Preservation Maryland office in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore City, and/or in partnership with the Digitization Lab and Digital Maryland at the Pratt Library in Baltimore; some remote work possible.

Compensation: Currently, this is an unpaid position available for academic credit, internship requirement fulfillment, or a project/practicum exercise for academic credit. Preservation Maryland will work with academic institutions to provide credits or develop the project into a practicum or studio course for more than one student.

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SMART GROWTH POLICY INTERN

We are not currently hiring for this position but will accept and record applications of interest.

Project: Smart Growth Maryland was launched in 2018 when 1000 Friends of Maryland, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization merged into Preservation Maryland. This merger of activities resulted in increased efficiencies, bigger impacts and more donor dollars put towards the critical work of helping save historic places and growing smarter. The Smart Growth Policy Intern will support campaigns to advance state and local smart growth efforts of Smart Growth Maryland and Preservation Maryland. Responsibilities will include helping to manage diverse coalitions, researching smart growth policy issues, and creating communication tools including fact sheets, website content, and email alerts. This is a part-time, hourly position.

Skills: Familiarity with Maryland environmental and smart growth issues is preferred, along with strong writing skills. The intern will be expected to work primarily at the Preservation Maryland in Baltimore City and will report to Kimberly Golden Brandt, Director of Smart Growth Maryland. Interns will likely be asked to perform additional tasks than those listed in order to assist the organization.

Where: Preservation Maryland office in Baltimore City, with the possibility of remote work, site visits, and time in Annapolis.


MEET OUR PAST INTERNS

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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