Editorial Internship (Print & Online)

Position Details

Type Internship
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Department of Editorial & Creative Strategy
Washington , District of Columbia
Salary $1,000 per month Stipend

The summer Editorial intern will assist the Editorial team in writing, editing, researching, fact-checking, and publishing digital and print content. Outlets include the SavingPlaces.org website and Preservation magazine. Responsibilities include some administrative support.

In particular, the summer Editorial intern will work closely with a Preservation Division intern to research and develop content related to the full American story, with a focus on African-American content.

Selection will be based on the candidate’s demonstrated writing ability, familiarity with tech platforms, and interest in/involvement with subject matter.

Interns available for May through August or similar extended timeframe are preferred; 32 hours/week (schedule negotiable).

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a $1,000/month stipend to help offset expenses. 


  • Write, edit, fact-check, and proofread a variety of on-line stories, magazine content, and other materials as assigned
  • Research stories and images for online and print
  • Work with the Preservation Division intern on research and development
  • Publish blog posts in the National Trust’s content management system
  • Assist with multimedia production
  • Participate in campaign planning where appropriate
  • Topics of research and writing will vary and can be tailored in part to the intern’s interests and background, within the scope of the Trust’s editorial needs.  In particular, topics related to African American heritage and preservation issues will be included, along with other themes of diversity and inclusion.
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned


  • Must have some reporting/writing experience (clips are required).
  • Previous experience with blogging platforms, social media, and/or CMS platforms preferred.
  • Research/writing experience, studies, personal connections to and/or interest in African American history and communities preferred.
  • Fact-checking experience preferred.
  • Must be responsible, motivated, detail-oriented, and comfortable with collaboration
  • Communication skills that come from good listening techniques; good verbal skills; and a clear, concise writing style, with strong knowledge of AP Style and grammar.
  • Excellent organization and project management skills.
  • Ability to manage time, adhere to regular deadlines, prioritize quickly, and readjust priorities throughout the day.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with photo editing and video editing software a plus.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; in journalism, writing, English, communications, history, or a related field preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter a plus (history, architecture, historic preservation).

Educational Value to the Intern

The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of editorial professionals, in an educational setting within the award winning publications department of one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in any educational programming offered during their time at the National Trust. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Writing, editing, researching, and story development
  • Researching and creating compelling content for print and online publication
  • The professional editorial process, from start to finish
  • Working as part of a publications team, as well as part of a larger organization in a professional office setting.
  • A deeper understanding of America’s full story, with a focus on diversity and inclusion

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a variety of digital media such as online stories and slideshows, and other published pieces which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.

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 362752-CS-815@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

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.