Internship Opportunities

DC Preservation League is Washington DC’s oldest citywide historic preservation non-profit organization. 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 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 urban planning projects
  • 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 events
  • Non-Profit Management: supporting fundraising 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.

Recent DCPL interns obtained jobs after their internship at the US Forest Service, The Philips Collection, and the Museum of the Bible.


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 8 weeks. Dates are flexible.

Internships are typically part-time (20 hours/week). Occasional evenings and weekends may be required when working with volunteer committees.

The internship stipend is $2,500.

How to apply

Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to