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Posted: 03/14/2018

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Denver FIeld Office

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.

Route 66 Summer Road Trip Campaign Internship
Internship Opportunity
Denver, CO
Open Until


The Denver Field Office Intern will split their time between two major projects: Assisting with the National Trusts Route 66 Summer Road Trip Campaign, and hunting for new National Treasures, focusing on underrepresented communities in the Western US.

During the summer of 2018, the Route 66 Summer Road Trip Campaign will engage in a major on-the-ground advocacy push with a road trip from Chicago to LA along historic Route 66. Working with National Trust staff at HQ and in multiple Field Offices, the intern will assist with researching potential content for National Trust media channels, develop and plan events along the Route, and engage with a wide variety of partners and allies in advocacy efforts. Depending on the interns skill set and travel availability, they may have opportunities to participate in multi-day sections of the Road Trip and staff selected events.

The intern will also research potential new National Treasures projects, and may selectively support other existing National Treasure campaigns as appropriate. The National Treasures program leverages all of the National Trusts resources to focus on a portfolio of endangered nationally significant buildings, landscapes and communities around the country. As the National Treasures program continues to grow and evolve, we know that gaps exist in the current portfolio. By focusing on identifying potential Treasures in culturally diverse and underrepresented communities, the intern will contribute directly to the goals of the National Trust by working to expand our view and incorporate more diverse voices, and by helping us to protect places that tell the full American story.  To support the National Trusts goal of broadening the diversity of individuals pursuing careers in historic preservation, applicants with culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.  Visit our website to learn more about our National Treasures work and for a list of our current Treasures projects.

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 May 1 to August 15, for approximately 40 hours per week (flexibility of schedule available).


  • Perform all duties with the aim of helping to achieve National Trust strategic goals, including engaging the public, reaching more diverse communities and constituents, and building and highlighting organizational partnerships;
  • Research and draft compelling content for National Trust media channels.
  • Help develop, plan, and promote events tied to the Road Trip.
  • Research and build relationships with potential partners and allies for programs, events, and initiatives.
  • Draft and write in-depth research on potential National Treasures; write reports that compile and analyze information regarding significance of the sites, threats to their preservation, and potential stakeholders, constituencies and partnership opportunities to be considered.
  • Administrative tasks as assigned. 


The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and marketing professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nations leading preservation and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate via webinars in educational programming offered through the National Trust for Historic Preservations Washington Office internship program, as well as engagement with other historic preservation nonprofits near the Denver Field Office. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

The projects will expose the intern to a large cross-section of the National Trust, and allow them to build relationships with preservation professionals across the country, as well as allowing the intern to gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Non-proft advocacy
  • Time- and project-management
  • Effective writing and storytelling, with an emphasis on creating engaging calls to action
  • Working on a mutli-location team

Activities performed by the intern will be directed and reviewed by National Trust Staff, and at the end of the project the intern will have produced or contributed to substantive research and writing pieces, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Some experience in non-profit advocacy preferred, including a firm grasp on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat) and passion for telling unrepresented stories in a dynamic, engaging manner.
  • Experience doing prospect research for identification of partners and supporters, and/or researching historic sites and social issues (primarily online) preferred. Familiarity with preservation issues (researching significance of sites; analyzing potential threats and preservation solutions) a plus.   
  • 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 (especially English/Spanish) are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
  • Proficiency with Google Docs and Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Ideally, some flexibility to travel on evenings or weekends to participate in the Road Trip and staff selected events.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred, with studies in communications, marketing, or social media journalsim and/or interest in history, historic preservation and cultural resources, or related fields.

How to apply
Please email cover and resume to 723327-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com



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