Public Affairs Internship - Spring 2016

Position Details

Type Internship
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Public Affairs
Washington DC , *United States

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. As for scheduling, this internship will be ~ 35 hours/week lasting for 3 months.  There is also a small stipend to offset living/commuting costs.


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected public affairs professionals,  in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations.  The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in professional meetings and any in house educational programming offered at the National Trust’s Washington Office.  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:

  • Drafting, pitching and tracking media communications

  • Creating local and national advocacy campaigns to help save threatened  historic places and cultural resources.

At the end of the project the intern will have  produced a collection of communications and web materials that can be added to their professional portfolio in support of future career pursuits.


  • 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;

  • Draft press releases, media advisories and other press materials;

  • Assist with management of online Press Center;

  • Build strategic media lists;

  • Maintain and edit digital assets;

  • Administrative tasks as assigned.


  • 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;

•Familiarity with content management systems, Photoshop and FTP desirable.

•Entrepreneurial and creative.

•Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including  issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills. 

•Excellent attention to detail.

•Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.

•Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion

•Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment

•Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.  Bi-lingual language skills a plus.

•Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.

•Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

•Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter preferred, including public relations, journalism, historic preservation, museum studies, etc.

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.