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Posted: 03/17/2019

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Shadows-on-the-Teche Historic Site

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African American History & Archives Internship - Shadows-on-the-Teche
Internship Opportunity
New Iberia, LA
Open Until


The intern will study archival photographs of African American people who were associated with Shadows-on-the-Teche, a c.1834 former plantation property in New Iberia, LA, and create list of names for research purposes. The intern will conduct research to learn more about the persons identified in the photos, using census records and the Weeks Family Papers.   This project will be the starting point for continued research to be disseminated through an exhibition and public programs in 2020, "Out of the Shadows, Reconstruction to Jim Crow".

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 $2,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately June 3, 2019 to July 26, 2019, for approximately 20 hours per week.


  • Scan archival photographs and create exhibit research list of African American people who worked at or were associated with The Shadows in the 1860s-1940s.
  • Conduct research in census records, parish records, and Weeks Family Papers to learn more about persons identified in photos.
  • Work with The Iberia African American Historical Society to connect research findings to IAAHS genealogical records, thereby expanding knowledge of descendants of former slaves on the Shadows plantation.
  • Write weekly social media posts about the project
  • Present a public program on method and findings 


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 in educational programming offered via 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:

  •  Use of archival materials
  •  Working with primary documents
  •  African American genealogical research
  •  Collections care of photographs
  •  Collaboration with community partners  

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a Project Research Binder including image, biographical data, genealogical connections, and any other information discovered for each person on the exhibit research list, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits. 


  • Be able to work 20 hours per week; which can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, between 9:00-5:00.
  • Ideal candidates will have some experience in archival and genealogical research, especially relating to African American families and communities, as well as researching photos and institutional records and preparing museum exhibits.
  • 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. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
  • 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. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
  • 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 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, Twiter, and Instagram.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • Bachelors level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in historic research, African American studies, genealogy, and historic sites preferred. 

How to apply
Please email resume with cover letter to 996517-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com
317 East Main Street
New Iberia, LA 70560

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