Public Affairs Internship

Position Details

Type Internship
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
2600 Virginia Avenue Suite 1000
Washington , District of Columbia

Work for an organization you can feel good about! The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country’s leading non-profit dedicated to helping people save places that matter, is seeking an intern. The Public Affairs Intern will be an integral part of the public affairs team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He/she will assist with high-profile programs, media relations and daily operations in a fast-paced public affairs department. Interns have flexibility to create and execute independent projects based on their interests. This internship will require 20-35 hours/week from now - August.


  • Perform all duties with the aim of helping to achieve National Trust strategic goals, including engaging the public, reaching more diverse communities and constituents, and building and highlighting organizational partnerships;
  • Build editorial calendar and track media opportunities;
  • Help implement media strategy, including pitching, for high-profile National Trust programs, events and initiatives, including 11 Most Endangered;
  • Draft press releases, media advisories and other press materials;
  • Assist with management of online Press Center;
  • Build strategic media lists;
  • Manage and edit digital assets;
  • Administrative tasks as assigned.


  • Current or recent undergraduate or graduate student; communications, public relations, journalism or other related field preferred.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest working in communications, public affairs, historic preservation, or related field; experience marketing to and engaging culturally diverse audiences, constituents and partners a plus;
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills; excellent writing, editing, and research skills required;
  • Strong word, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software skills preferred;
  • Familiarity with content management systems, Photoshop and FTP desirable.
  • High-energy, task-driven and detail-oriented, with ability to work productively and independently.
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative.

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.