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Internships

Help preserve the incredible history at Mount Vernon through one of our exciting internship opportunities.

GIS Summer Internship 2014

Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington, was the nucleus of an eight thousand acre plantation divided into five farms. The property remained in the Washington family until 1858, when it was purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s first historic preservation organization. The current historic site encompasses George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm and consists of five hundred acres. Operated as a historic house museum, Mount Vernon now welcomes over one million annual visitors who come to Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River.

In the summer of 2014, Mount Vernon is seeking an intern to begin work on a plantation landscape survey.  This survey will document the transformation from plantation to modern suburbs by combining land records, historic maps, and other documentation to create a comprehensive geographical and temporal map of Washington's original land holdings.  This site specific investigation intends to show how Mount Vernon and its surroundings have been inter-connected through time.

The applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level program with a major in GIS, geography, land planning, or a related field. The candidate must be proficient in the use of GIS software.  Previous work with land records, land use, or historical research is preferred.  Duties will include georeferencing, digitization, plat and deed interpretation, and other historical research.

Compensation in the amount of $3,500 is offered for this 10-week internship, which must begin no later than June 9th.  Room, board, and daily transportation to/from Mount Vernon will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Mount Vernon will work with the intern’s academic program to provide credit for the internship period if interested.

Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references and cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program. Deadline is April 4, 2014.  Selection will be made by April 11, 2014.

Please send applications to Eric Benson, ebenson@mountvernon.org.

Historic Preservation Summer Internship, 2014

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a preeminent example of an 18th-century Chesapeake plantation, has been owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s first historic preservation organization, since 1858. Over one million annual visitors come to experience the 36 original and replica buildings comprising Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River.

Mount Vernon is offering a 10-week internship in architectural history and historic preservation during the summer of 2014.  The Historic Preservation Summer Intern will prepare a historic structure report on the Texas Gate, the Estate’s main entrance, constructed in 1900. Work involves examination of the documentary record for the construction, use, alteration and restoration of the building to the present day and documentation of the physical fabric of the building through written description, photography, and architectural drawing. The intern will have opportunities to work closely with Historic Preservation staff and engage with the collaborative historic preservation field school taking place at Mount Vernon from May 27 to July 3.

The successful Historic Preservation Summer Intern candidate will hold an MA or be enrolled in a graduate-level program in architectural history, historic preservation, or a related field. Previous experience with documenting historic resources is preferred.

Compensation in the amount of $3,500 is offered for this 10-week internship. Room, board and daily transportation to/from Mount Vernon will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Mount Vernon will, if interested, work with the intern’s academic program to provide credit for the internship period.

Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references and cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program. Deadline is April 4, 2014.  Selection will be made by April 11, 2014.

Please send applications to Thomas Reinhart, treinhart@mountvernon.org.

2014 Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Historic Preservation Internship

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a preeminent example of an 18th-century Chesapeake plantation, has been owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s first historic preservation organization, since 1858. Over one million annual visitors come to experience the 36 original and replica buildings comprising Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River.

Mount Vernon is offering a 10-week internship in architectural history and historic preservation during the summer of 2014.  The M-WTCA Historic Preservation Intern will prepare a historic structure report on the 1775 kitchen. Work involves examination of the documentary record for the construction, use, alteration and restoration of the kitchen to the present day and documentation of the physical fabric of the building through written description, photography, and architectural drawing. The intern will have opportunities to work closely with Historic Preservation staff and engage with the collaborative historic preservation field school taking place at Mount Vernon from May 27 to July 3.

The successful M-WTCA Historic Preservation Intern candidate will hold an MA or be enrolled in a graduate-level program in architectural history, historic preservation, or a related field. Previous experience with documenting historic resources and/or interest in 18th-century Chesapeake architectural history and material culture preferred.

Compensation in the amount of $3,500 is offered for this 10-week internship. Room, board and daily transportation to/from Mount Vernon will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Mount Vernon will, if interested, work with the intern’s academic program to provide credit for the internship period.

Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references and cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program. Deadline is April 4, 2014.  Selection will be made by April 11, 2014.

Please send applications to Thomas Reinhart, treinhart@mountvernon.org.