IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION
complete an internship?
preservation majors are required to complete an internship in
order to qualify for the bachelor of science in historic
When will I do
complete the internship during the summer between their junior
and senior years. But other timetables are acceptable. Before
starting an internship, students must complete the following
courses: HP100, HP200, and either HP405, HP410 or HP420 AND
the appropriate problems course (HP407, HP417, HP425 or
In other words,
before beginning an internship, students must have completed a
400-level sequence in either archives, historic sites or
How much credit
do I receive for my internship?
internships are worth nine hours of credit toward the degree.
How do I enroll
for my internship?
preservation internships are listed as courses numbered
HP500-501-502. 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 400 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
five-page 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 twenty-page paper describing the internship experience
* The student and
the internship coordinator should agree in advance on a
Where can I do
take the initiative in arranging an internship at a museum,
archival facility, historic site, or historical agency. In the
past students have completed internships at the National Trust
for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.), Gettysburg
National Battlefield (Pennsylvania), Vicksburg National
Military Park (Mississippi), The Navy Museum (Washington,
D.C.), the New Jersey SHPO (Trenton), Conner Prairie
(Indiana), Ft. Davidson State Historic Site (MO), Ft. Larned
National Historic Site (Kansas), the Eugene Field House and
Toy Museum (St. Louis), Jefferson Barracks County Park (St.
Louis County), the National Park Service Historic Preservation
Training Center (Frederick, Maryland), the National Archives
(Denver Regional Office), Oshkosh Public Museum (Wisconsin),
the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri Department of
Transportation, the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri
State Museum, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office,
the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, Old Town Cape
and the City of Cape Girardeau, and many other historical
Students have made
the following comments on the internship experience:
SHPO is an excellent opportunity to use skills learned in
class and to learn a great deal -- and not just about what you
are doing, but what others are doing."
-- Sara Andre, 1999, NJSHPO
cannot express the wonderful experiences I had during this
internship. The knowledge gained is invaluable."
-- Andrew Halter, 1999, MoSHPO
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.
Carter National Historic Site, GA
The National Park
Service preserves and interprets the prisoner of war camp at
Andersonville and the Carter Home at Plains, Georgia. The new
national prisoner of war museum opened recently. A stipend is
offered. Housing is arranged.
Parkway (National Park Service), Asheville, NC
The National Park
Service preserves and interprets cultural and natural
resources along this scenic highway through mountains and
valleys in North Carolina 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 internship?
The first step is
to write a letter of interest to the agency offering the
internship. You may also write letters to agencies, asking if
they offer internships. In these letters, identify yourself,
explain your intentions, and briefly state your
qualifications. You may enclose a resume, 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. You may also ask
for assistance from the office of Career Services on campus.
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 and information from the internship
Is there 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.
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