Architectural/Engineering Intern for Professional Services,
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
Dates: 6/3/2013 - 2/9/2014 (flexible start and end dates)
This internship will provide an opportunity for an architectural, engineering, or historic preservation student to develop project management skills in a fast-paced and complex urban environment -- the Professional Services division of Independence National Historical Park. Under the mentorship of park architects and landscape architects, this position will support a diverse and wide-ranging set of projects, either proposed or currently underway. The internship will focus on developing and applying a professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of architecture and landscape architecture, as well as historic preservation, to projects such as museum renovation, conservation of historic structures (three National Historic Landmarks), and documentation of historic landscapes. Non-historic facility projects currently include developing a recycling plan for the Park, a sustainable space management plan to document building use, and working with the City of Philadelphia and EPA to install bio-remediation and "green" storm water management features such as a "Living Wall." The internship will allow the student to develop skills in project planning, design, construction, and resource protection/conservation by working on a diverse portfolio of resources and project stages.
The intern will utilize CAD, Adobe Illustrator, as well as incorporating hand-drawn and photographic representation to document field conditions, proposed designs, and construction as-built for the various projects, as well as potential visual presentations to Park Partners or the visiting public. Also required will be daily electronic communication with project and park staff, as well as lending assistance to project managers when priorities shift (which they sometimes do on a daily basis). Flexibility, computer literacy, and willingness to assist park staff at all stages of project execution are key components of this internship.
The internship is part of a collaborative team approach to projects within the Park, which includes both internal Park staff (such as Facilities, Interpretation, and Cultural Resource Management) in addition to forging relationships with Park Partners. One proposed project is the development of an historic landscapes training for at-risk Philadelphia youth that is based on the successful Olmsted Center's "Branching Out" program--a summer field school with projects both in the Park, and at Partner sites such as Bartram's Garden. This project will involve working with Park partners to establish training modules at sites outside of the NPS, but in our local community.
Exposure to park planning processes, resource protection, and facilities operations will be inherent to the internship, as well as involvement with NPS regional staff, park staff, Park Partners, and various municipal, non-profit, and academic partners.
The intern will be actively mentored by Park staff in project management with a wide range of daily learning ops.