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The National Fund for Sacred Places (National Fund) is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the National Fund, Partners for Sacred Places provides planning grants, technical assistance, and capacity-building support, while the National Trust provides preservation expertise and capital grants up to $250,000 to help congregations restore and preserve historic places of worship. The National Fund for Sacred Places intern will focus on researching and producing editorial content highlighting congregations in the National Fund program for coverage on SavingPlaces.org, Preservation Leadership Forum, and through other National Trust channels (web stories, case studies, etc). Research tasks will include identifying issues and challenges related to preservation of historic sacred places, gathering lessons learned, best practices, and success stories from successful congregations, as well as writing editorial content for National Trust channels to share this information.
National Trust internships are temporary experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.
For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 14, 2021 to July 30, 2021, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most National Trust staff and interns will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through August 2021). Internships for 2021 will be performed remotely.
- Research and interviews with representatives of the congregations in the National Fund program
- Writing stories and other content to synthesize lessons learned and best practices
- Participation in National Fund for Sacred Places staff team meetings
- Some administrative tasks related to National Fund program management
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and architecture professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit historic preservation organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s organization-wide internship program. 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:
- The editorial process, research, storytelling, story pitching, reporting, and writing
- Best practices for preservation of historic sacred structures
- Grant management and working with grantees
- Collaboration with other preservation nonprofits and professionals, especially Partners for Sacred Places
- Operating in a professional setting at a leading national nonprofit organization
At the end of the project the intern will have produced at least two web stories, as well as other editorial content, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.
- Undergraduate degree or focus in historic preservation, architecture, journalism, history, English, religion, or related liberal arts disciplines.
- Availability for 28-hour work week in a remote setting.
- Demonstrated writing ability and experience a must (three published writing samples are required with application.)
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
- Strong background in research and story development.
- Strong knowledge of Associated Press Style and grammar.
- Demonstrated interest in subject matter.
- Analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with remote supervision, including ability to interact professionally in a remote fashion with key internal and external stakeholders.
- 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. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone, in videoconference platforms, and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word, and Excel; as well as virtual meeting platforms Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
- Ability to work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.
- Studies or demonstrated interest in historic preservation, architecture, history, English, religion, language, or related liberal arts disciplines preferred.