Preservation Conference Diversity Scholars Program Internship

Position Details

Type Internship
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington , District of Columbia
Salary $2,000 stipend

The intern will support the Diversity Scholars Program of the National Preservation Conference. 

Since 1992, the National Trust’s Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) has been engaging grassroots leaders and emerging professionals in preservation.  The program supports the attendance of community leaders new to preservation and emerging preservation professionals at the National Preservation Conference.   In addition to the full conference program of education and field sessions, special events, and workshops, scholarship recipients are provided a special orientation, an opening session, a mentor program, and exclusive opportunities to present at the general sessions and power sessions. To date, over 2,100 individuals from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds have participated in the program and have helped enrich the overall preservation movement by incorporating a wide range of perspectives in the National Preservation Conference programming and in the field. 

About National Trust Internships

National Trust internships are an ideal way to learn more about preservation and earn great real world experience in preparation for a career in this or an allied field.  The intern will have the opportunity to gain insight into the workings of a national non-profit advocacy organization, working alongside seasoned preservation professionals and making lasting connections with staff and partners dedicated to our cause – saving the past to enrich the future. 

During the Trust's 9-week summer program in Washington, between 10-12 interns work on individual projects and have the opportunity to attend weekly educational sessions on topics relating to preservation & community revitalization, Trust programs, and non-profit management. 

This internship offers a $2,000 stipend.  Projected dates are approximately June 2- August 1, but with some flexibility. 


Intern will work with Preservation Conference staff to assist in educational content development and streamline tracking processes that measure success for diversity-related conference and training programming. Tasks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop pre/post conference assessment surveys to track impact of participating in the Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP)
  • Clean up DSP contact list of past scholarship recipients and make recommendations for maintaining and updating list going forward
  • Organize conference funder reports and demographic reports for DSP in public drive
  • Assist with administrative aspects of developing another type of workshop that will focus on diversity: Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) Intensive, a “boot camp” style training opportunity for community leaders

Intern will learn about professional development programming in historic preservation and how to develop tools for tracking and measuring success of programs.


  • This internship is ideal for students with an interest or experience in working in the areas of diversity, educational program management, fundraising, and/or community outreach.
  • Experience related to conference planning or educational programming a plus.
  •  Ability to collaborate across departments
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel required
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, meeting time sensitive deadlines
  • Strong writing, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in outreach to and engagement of culturally diverse partners and constituents is preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree (or comparable work experience); studies or interests in a related field preferred.

How to Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.