Summer Interns in the National Building Museum

Interested in the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources? The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C., has internship opportunities available for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. A small, independent federal agency, the ACHP oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and conducts a variety of preservation programs dealing with promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, national preservation policy and legislation, Native American interests, community preservation, economic development, sustainability, building a more inclusive preservation program, and youth engagement.

Summer internships at the ACHP typically last 10 -12 weeks and start dates are flexible. Specific assignments will be developed based on the skills and interests of selected interns. Interns are volunteers, though a small stipend to help offset expenses will be provided. Projects can be tailored so that academic credit can be awarded. ACHP professional staff members supervise all interns.

Candidates should have an interest in historic preservation and may come from a wide variety of disciplines in addition to history, architectural history, or archaeology, such as planning, law, economics, architectural design, communications, or education. The selected intern will complete projects contributing to, or broadening awareness of, the activities carried out or overseen by the ACHP and our historic preservation partners nationwide. Interns will become familiar with the full range of work of the agency and the roles of preservation partners through orientation, training, and by participating in meetings to observe the development and implementation of federal historic preservation policy, as well as programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations.

How to Apply – Deadline June 17, 2019

Interested applicants should apply using the form available here and a resume. Using “save as”, save the filled-out form as a pdf and then attach it to an email along with your resume.  Send to Judy Rodenstein, Internship Program Coordinator, at For more information on the ACHP and its work, please visit

Potential 2019 Projects

In addition to supporting emerging priorities through work with the Offices of Communications, Education, and Outreach (OCEO) and Preservation Initiatives (OPI), the summer 2019 intern may:

  • Research and develop materials highlighting the importance and benefits of historic preservation for all Americans. Help develop outreach strategies and communication tailored for a variety of audiences, including Congress, young audiences, preservation partners, and the general public. (OCEO)

  • Suggest ideas and research and draft content for the ACHP Web site and social media. Help expand the agency’s social media presence.  Familiarity with content management systems a plus. (OCEO)

  • Research and help develop new material related to heritage tourism and the economic benefits of preservation. (OPI)

  • Assist with enhancing and updating existing online content, managing program information, and acquiring current contacts, images, and program examples. (OPI)

Relevant skills include strong research, writing, and organizational ability; comfort with contacting, meeting, and interviewing people by phone or in person; and experience with using and developing content for the Web and social media. Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required.  

Past interns say…

“I loved how friendly and welcoming everyone was. Even though it's a federal agency, it's small enough that you can easily meet people and learn about what they do. I also appreciated how flexible the ACHP was in making my internship project work for my graduate program, and I felt like I was doing substantive work, both with the work directly related to my project, and the everyday work that I did. ~ Diana Maxwell, Grants Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation

“One of the best parts of my internship at the ACHP was the opportunity to learn about preservation across the entire country. Reading about communities and projects in states like Colorado, Alaska, and American Samoa really opened my eyes to the diversity of preservation in the United States. From a practical side, the internship taught me valuable skills for any job, including program management, agency interaction with the public, and writing for specific audiences. I translate the knowledge I gained about the National Historic Preservation Program into my current position. It was great working alongside the staff at the ACHP, as I was treated as a fellow staff member and not just an intern. They allowed me to take initiative on certain projects.”  ~ Raina Regan, Senior Manager, Easement Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation

“I highly recommend the ACHP internship program to any student or emerging professional interested in government, history, urban/community planning, architecture, or cultural studies; all will find relevant and valuable experiences with the ACHP. Staff members in the small agency are a close-knit group and provide personal, one-on-one guidance to interns.  The ACHP is genuinely interested in helping interns develop professionally and provides many opportunities to do so both within the agency itself and throughout the DC arena.”  ~ Emily Sisler, Planner, City of Hendersonville, NC