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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. An internship with the Public Affairs department provides a practical learning opportunity for college or graduate level students who have an interest in protecting historic landmarks that reflect our nation’s diverse cultural heritage. Applicants of color who are interested in preservation, history, and communications are strongly encouraged to apply.
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 media relations and daily operations in a fast-paced public affairs department. The Public Affairs intern will help monitor media response to the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places campaign, assist in executing the rollout announcement of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund 2021 grantees, help plan and advance new digital initiatives for Instagram, help curate and update media lists to ensure our outreach is reaching the desired audiences, and may serve as a production assistant, as assigned, for a new web series designed by Public Affairs.
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 $2,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately 6/7/2021 – 7/30/2021 , 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.
- Help create Public Affairs’ Instagram initiatives
- Assist with media rollout of Action Fund grantees
- Monitor media response to 11 Most Endangered Historic Places campaign
- Curate and update media lists
- Depending on experience, assist with production of web series
- Administrative tasks as assigned
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected communications 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 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:
- Strategic communication
- Organizational and time management
- Media relations
- Media monitoring
- Digital media tools such as Cision, media metrics and monitoring, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom interviewing
- 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;
- 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 journalism, historic preservation, museum studies, public relations.
- Strong interpersonal skills; excellent writing, editing, and research skills required;
- Strong social media skill and familiarity with social media platforms
- Basic analytical and problem solving skills
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- Adaptability and flexibility in a dynamic work environment
- Willingness to work effectively with and take direction from culturally diverse colleagues
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel, familiarity with Cision a plus.
- Ability work independently in a remote environment