IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
complete an internship?
candidates in history with a preservation emphasis are
encouraged to complete an internship.
When will I do
Before beginning an
internship, the student must have completed sixteen hours of
graduate course work.
How much credit
do I receive for my internship?
internships are worth three hours of credit toward the degree.
How do I enroll
for my internship?
preservation graduate internships are listed as course number
HP640. You must obtain permission to enroll from the
What must I do
to receive a grade and credit for my internship?
must involve at least 150 hours of work at an appropriate
facility. The work done must be sufficiently varied and
challenging to provide a significant learning experience.
Students should inform the internship coordinator of the plan
of work. The internship coordinator must make contact with the
supervisor of the work, in order to insure that internships
are a valuable experience for the student.
In order to receive
a grade for the internship, students must complete the
concise daily journal of activities during the internship
substantial typewritten report on a special project involving
significant research or a professional level of activity*
30-minute oral presentation on the intern's experiences (to be
presented to an audience of historic preservation students) OR
a ten-page paper describing the internship experience
* The student and
the internship coordinator should agree in advance on a
Where can I do my
take the initiative in arranging an internship at a museum,
archival facility, historic site, or historical agency. In the
past students have completed internships with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.), the
National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center
(Frederick, Maryland), Gettysburg National Battlefield
(Pennsylvania), Vicksburg National Military Park
(Mississippi), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (St.
Louis, Mo., and Vicksburg, Ms.), Conner Prairie (Indiana), the
Navy Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Indiana State Historic
Preservation Office, the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum
(St. Louis), the Samuel Cupples House (St. Louis), the
Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Historical
Society (St. Louis), the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri
State Museum, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office,
the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, the New Jersey
State Historic Preservation Office, and many other historical
Missouri State University Historic Preservation Program has
on-going arrangements for internships with the following
Scenic Riverways, Van Buren, MO
The National Park
Service preserves both natural and cultural resources in this
beautiful corridor along the Jacks Fork and Current rivers in
southern Missouri. Interns have opportunities to work in
preservation of historic buildings, curation of museum
collections, and the processing of archives. Housing and a
stipend are generally offered.
National Historic Site
The National Park
Service preserves and interprets the prisoner of war camp at
Andersonville and the Carter Home at Plains, Georgia. A new
national prisoner of war museum recently opened. A stipend is
(National Park Service), Asheville, NC
The National Park
Service preserves and interprets cultural and natural
resources along this scenic highway through mountains and
and Virginia. Under the supervision of the Curator, interns
learn NPS museum methods and participate in day-to-day
activities in the curatorial office. Housing is provided, and
some expenses are covered. The intern must have a vehicle.
House State Historic Site, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Department of Natural Resources owns, preserves, and
administers several historic properties in Ste. Genevieve.
Interns offer interpretive tours and programs. A stipend is
provided through Les Amis, the Friends, of the site.
coordinator maintains files on these and other facilities. Set
your sights high. Explore the possibilities. Opportunities
How do I apply for an
The first step is
to write a letter of interest to the agency offering the
internship. You may also write a letter of inquiry to an
agency, if you are not sure the agency offers internships. In
this letter, identify yourself, explain your intentions, and
briefly state your qualifications. You may enclose a resume
with this letter, or you may offer to send a resume later.
Prepare a resume
that highlights your field experience, academic training, and
special interest in preservation. If you need assistance, ask
an instructor or the internship coordinator. Sample resumes
are available from the coordinator.
If the agency
expresses interest in your application, submit all forms and
materials they request. Make telephone contact with someone in
the agency. Inform the internship coordinator of your
progress. When negotiations become serious, the coordinator
will contact the agency to explain our internship program.
Please be sure to
be courteous and businesslike in dealing with the agency. When
in doubt, talk to the coordinator.
Will I be paid
for my internship?
receive stipends, wages, or some sort of financial support
from the facilities at which they do their internship.
Arrangements must be made directly with the facility.
Paid internships in
historic preservation are also available through the following
for Preservation Education (NCPE)
NCPE offers a
variety of internships on a competitive basis every year.
Students must apply for these internships. You may obtain
application forms an information from the internship
anything else I should know?
While engaged in
the internship, the student should maintain a cheerfully
professional attitude. Interns should report to work promptly,
fulfill all assignments to the best of their ability, discuss
problems with supervisors and co-workers in a calm and
constructive manner, and contact the internship coordinator if
problems become serious. Whether paid or unpaid, an internship
is a job. Interns should honor all commitments to the
facilities that employ them.
The internship coordinator will be more than happy to
assist in submitting applications, preparing resumes, and
setting up internships. Please feel free to call Dr. Steven
Hoffman at 651-2808,
or email him at