Are you, or do you know of, a student 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 and graduate students, and, in some cases, for individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development.

ACHP summer intern sitting at a desk
Virtual intern Maya L. on Zoom

A small, independent federal agency, the ACHP oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and manages a variety of preservation programs dealing with national preservation policy and legislation, promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, Native American interests, climate change and sustainability, building a more inclusive preservation program, workforce development, and youth engagement.

Candidates should have an interest in historic preservation and may come from a wide variety of disciplines, such as history, architectural history, archaeology,  planning, law, architectural design, communications, or education. Selected interns complete projects contributing to or broadening awareness of the work of the ACHP and our historic preservation partners nationwide. Specific assignments are developed based on current agency priorities and the skills and interests of selected interns. Interns become familiar with the full range of work of the agency through orientation and training, and by participating in meetings to observe the development and implementation of federal historic preservation policy. They may also participate in programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations, and the ACHP will assist interns with networking and advice.

ACHP offers two internship tracks. Program Internships are full or part-time paid internships supervised by ACHP professional staff. Chair's Internships are open to current students who will receive financial support for the internship from the ACHP Foundation, their academic institution, or another source. Also eligible are current students seeking course credit as part of an academic program (e.g., a Semester in DC program) in which they cannot be paid. These interns are supervised by the Chair of the ACHP and hourly expectations are flexible, as long as the total number of hours allows these students to satisfy the requirements of their program. All  interns can receive academic credit if they meet the requirements of their programs.

Internships are offered each summer and often for the fall or spring semester. Internships may be on-site, hybrid, or virtual. Opportunities to apply for both tracks are posted below when they are open for application. We encourage applications from students at minority-serving institutions.

Questions? Contact the Internship Program Coordinator at


Explore preservation-related careers and develop professional skills promoting the sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources.

Internship Postings

Two ACHP Chair's interns in the National Building Museum
Chair's Interns Patricia McKee and Khayla Saunders at the ACHP office in the National Building Museum