Four summer 2019 interns on a tour of the Capitol Dome
ACHP Summer Interns Touring the Capitol Dome

How to Apply – Deadline February 19, 2021

Interested applicants should apply using this form and a resume. Save the filled-out form on your computer as a pdf and then attach it to an email along with your resume.  Send to Judy Rodenstein, Internship Program Coordinator, at jrodenstein@achp.gov

Summer 2021 Projects

Relevant skills include strong research, writing, and organizational ability; the ability to work independently and collaboratively; comfort with contacting and interviewing people by phone; and experience with developing and managing content for the Web and social media. Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required.

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking a second year law student to complete an independent project: updating the agency's Section 106 case law book (see https://www.achp.gov/sites/default/files/2018-10/Section%20106%20Casebook%201966%20though%202000.pdf). The selected legal intern will conduct a comprehensive review of Section 106 litigation in federal courts from 2000 to 2020, identifying common fact patterns and trends. The purpose of this update is to inform the advice and guidance which OGC provides to agency staff and Section 106 practitioners in developing agency policy and participating in Section 106 reviews. The final product would include individual case summaries as well as an analysis of the findings and likely outcomes for future challenges.

The Office of Communication, Education, and Outreach is seeking an intern to:

  • research and develop materials highlighting the importance and benefits of historic preservation for all Americans, including engagement with a wide range of communities, organizations, and educational institutions representing more diverse audiences;
  • develop outreach strategies tailored for a variety of audiences, including Congress, young audiences, preservation partners, and the general public; and            
  • suggest ideas, do research, and draft content for the ACHP Web site and social media. The intern will help expand the agency’s social media presence by getting involved with Instagram takeovers, writing posts for Facebook, taking pictures for social media platforms, and more. 

Interns may also assist with other emerging priorities through work with the Offices of Communications, Education, and Outreach; Federal Agency Programs; General Counsel; Native American Affairs; and Preservation Initiatives.

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, Senior 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 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 was not only afforded the opportunity to immerse myself in preservation law and policy at the national level, but my eyes were also opened to a wealth of interesting possibilities throughout the preservation world. My supervisor was incredibly instrumental in helping me draft my research, cultivate professional connections, and explore opportunities for success in my prospective career.”

  • Jonathan Stark-Sachs, Office of General Counsel Intern (2019), J.D. /M.S student, Law and 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