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Posted: 03/14/2018

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Shadow on the Teche Historic Site

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. We protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring board public support.

Historic Landscape Research Internship
Internship Opportunity
New Iberia, LA
Open Until


The Historic Landscape Research Intern at Shadows-on-the-Teche Historic Site will study a four-volume 1992 Historic Landscape Study by Suzanne Turner plus Weeks Halls 1940 Account of the Restoration of An Old House to create a site plant list as reference for restoring the Weeks Hall Gardens 1930s-40s. The intern will also study archival photographs of the gardens from the Shadows Collections, and will research sources of plant materials and estimated costs for use in creating an implementation plan for restoration of the gardens. This project will be used for future fund a need appeals and for engaging supporters looking for more tangible involvement with the site.  Visit our website for more information about this unique historic site.  

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.  

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $1,600 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 4, 2018 to July 27, 2018, for approximately 20 hours per week.


  •  Read Suzanne Turners 1992 Shadows Historic Landscape Report
  •  Study 1940 Account of Restoration of An Old House by Weeks Hall including plant list and ideas for garden
  •  Study landscape photos from Weeks Hall era in Shadows Archives
  •  Create Shadows Plant List based on above study, including pictures of individual plants
  •  Research sources and estimated costs for plants on list
  •  Write weekly social media posts about the project
  •  Write an article for the site newsletter


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nations premier historic house museums. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate via webinar in educational programming offered through the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Historic Landscape Reports
  • Use of archival materials
  • Issues of preserving/re-creating period landscape
  • Maintenance of historic landscape and mitigating damage from public programs
  • Landscape/Plant discussions about the Shadows Gardens with University of Louisiana at Lafayette Horticulture Instructor Jim Foret and Ted Viator of Viator and Associates Landscape Architects.

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a report including Shadows plant list for 1930s-1940s, sources for obtaining these plants along with cost estimates, and digital images of plants from list, with references to period photographs of Halls garden rooms, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Ability to work 20 hours per week, which can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, between 9:00-5:00.
  • Experience or studies in historic landscapes, landscape architecture or horticulture, and experience conducting research with related primary and secondary sources preferred
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills (specially English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel. Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in historic landscapes, gardens, and historic sites preferred.

How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 721820-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com



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