From the PreserveNet Education website:

The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and other partnering agencies, is pleased to offer internships during the 2019 academic year (January-May). NCPE has partnered with the NPS since 1992 to connect higher education students and recent graduates in historic preservation, cultural resource management, and related fields to projects at hundreds of sites and divisions within the NPS system and other agencies annually. Completing an application is the first step in securing an internship.

The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full-time (40 hours/week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. The exact starting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis with the site supervisor.

Stipends are paid at $15/hour. The position supervisor has details of the total stipend amount for a given position if you are called for an interview. Please note that interns are not NCPE employees or NPS contract employees; stipends are awards rather than wages. Taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional.

The following list of internships is grouped by sponsoring agency, starting with the NPS and followed by DOI and GSA. Within each agency, the list is arranged geographically, starting with Washington, D.C. and the Capital Region, then grouped by area such as the Southeast, Northwest, Midwest, Intermountain, Pacific West, and Alaska regions. All positions are subject to funding.

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program or recently graduated (degree received October 2017 or later). Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in this program; previous interns in the program must stay within this overall limit.

Please be aware that, unless otherwise noted, interns are responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location. In some cases the supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodations.

Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required for all positions if you are chosen for that position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about those requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. Please direct any question to

The application is available in Adobe Acrobat.

To submit your application, please scan your materials electronically and email them as a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing both the signed application and the two most recent years of your transcripts to Julee Johnson, NCPE Internship Program Co-Director, at Applications that include a resume, writing sample (other than the required essay in the application), portfolio, or other documents are not acceptable. Please adhere to the single .pdf format requirement; your application will be rejected if materials are not received in this form. Name the file with your name in this format: Lastname, Firstname NCPE AY 2019. Due to the large number of applications received, please strive to keep files under 3 MB; any files over 3 MB should be submitted in a compressed file format to make transmittal easier.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The application asks you to list the internship(s) in which you are interested by number. This 4-digit number is part of the position description, below. No more than six total positions may be selected (multiple numbers heading a single description count as one choice). If you check the box that asks if you are willing to be considered for positions that receive no applications, this will not be counted as one of your choices.

3 tips for completing a successful application:

  1. Type your application. The easier it is to read by site supervisors, many of whom are reading many applications, the more it will stand out. This is especially true of the required short essay.
  2. Plan your application. Treat it as a series of questions with a single purpose, to convince a site supervisor that you want a particular position for a particular reason. Writing that you seek “General experience in your chosen field” isn’t specific enough; be explicit about why your top picks will help your professional or academic career. Don’t forget to explain what you will bring to the position in the way of skills and/or experience.
  3. Reread your application. Have someone else read it for you to help catch any misspellings, unfilled fields, or incomplete answers.

Additional information, including descriptions of available programs, can be found at