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Posted: 03/14/2018

National Trust for Historic Preservation
James Madison Montpelier 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.

Archaeological Collections Management Internship
Internship Opportunity
Orange, VA
Open Until


 The Archaeological Collections Management Intern will work to help evaluate, inventory and rehouse the National Trusts Historic Sites archaeological collections that are currently stored at our historic site Montpelier in Orange, VA. Under the supervision of the John & Neville Bryan Associate Director of Museum Collections with the assistance of the Montpelier Curator of Archaeological Collections, the intern will review the archaeological collections, assess their status and work to consolidate and/or rehouse the collections. 

This internship will fill a critical need for the Historic Sites department and provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for the intern. The National Trust once had a full-time archaeologist who managed the archaeological activities at all of the Trusts historic sites. Based out of Montpelier, the archaeologist collected and stored the collection there. When the position was eliminated a few years ago, the collection went into storage in one of Montpeliers warehouses. This intern will be the first person to work with the collection since then and will play a critical role in the Trusts ability to restart its active management and use of the collection. The intern will work with the experienced archaeologists at Montpelier and gain exposure to their active archaeological program, while at the same time gaining deep experience in the management of a large archaeological collection.   

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 $2000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 4, 2018 to July 27, 2018, for approximately 35 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Inventory National Trust archaeological collections stored at Montpelier
  • Identify and remove duplicate files and other unnecessary items from the storage area
  • Review stored materials for documentation and relevance
  • Identify items in the collection that could be recommended for removal.
  • Review and work to consolidate and/or rehouse the archaeological collections.
  • Work with Associate Director of Museum Collections to return archaeological collections to home sites.
  • Prepare recommendations for ongoing and future collections management of the archaeological collections.


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 sites.  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:

  • Archaeological collections
  • Collections management

At the end of the project the intern will have improved the documentation, storage and management of the National Trusts archaeological collections, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Experience working with archaeological collections or in an archaeological lab.
  • 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.
  • 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 other software a plus.
  • Physical requirement include but are not limited to: Ability to lift and carry storage boxes of up to 40 pounds, and occasionally more.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in Archaeology, Museum Studies or related subject matter preferred

How to apply
Please email resume and cover letter to 723242-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com

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