Washington DC’s oldest city-wide non-profit historic preservation association. Founded in 1971 as “Don’t Tear it Down.” The mission of DCPL is to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic built environment of Washington, DC, through advocacy and education.
The DC Preservation League has internship positions available each academic semester. Interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects that may include:
- Research: contributing to building and neighborhood histories, working on an urban planning-focused project
- Writing/editing: contributing to DC Inventory/National Register landmark and historic district nominations, creating social media posts
- Education: creating tours on our DC Historic Sites App, proposing and helping coordinate relevant events
- Non-profit management: supporting our development efforts, archiving materials, etc.
Staff will work with selected interns to assign projects that match their professional goals and experience.
Interns learn how a non-profit operates and regularly interact with all staff. Interns have opportunities to attend hearings, meetings, and site visits with staff and to learn about how historic preservation is implemented throughout Washington.
Ideal candidates are historic preservation students (graduate and undergraduate) or those in a similar field of study. History and/or non-profit experience is preferred, but not required.
Internships run for at least 8 weeks. Dates are flexible.
Internships may be part time (15-25 hours/week) or full time (37.5 hours/week). Occasional evenings and weekends may be required when working with volunteer committees.
Internships are unpaid. Class credits are available.
How to apply
Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.