Architect Intern/Historic Preservation Technician

The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title: Architect Intern/Historic Preservation Technician
NPS Unit Name: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Heritage Documentation
Programs, NPS – Washington, DC
Position Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018

Position Description:    
Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The office staff consists of architects, historians, and landscape architects. Each summer there is an influx of young professionals from around the country who work with us to produce documentation of historic buildings, sites, and landscapes around the country. Documentation consists of measured and interpretative drawings, written historical reports and large-format photographs. The documentation produced by HABS/HAER/HALS is archived in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which makes the documentation available to a worldwide audience on their website.
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The position requires hand sketching and hand measuring in the field and the production of detailed, as-built, measured drawings of historic sites and landscapes in AutoCAD. Student landscape architects measure buildings, landscapes, industrial structures, sites, and objects, including floating vessels, and produce existing-conditions drawings in CAD, including drawings that interpret and explain industrial processes and engineering works. Landscape architect interns produce standard two-dimensional landscape architectural drawings (site plans, site sections, details, etc.) and some work in three-dimensional modeling. The position is supervised by a permanent member of the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) staff. Applicants should have completed at least three years in an accredited program of architecture or pursuing a degree / certify cate in Historic Preservation. Coursework in an accredited design major or technical/computer aided drafting is strongly recommended (e.g. Architecture, Architectural History, Computer Aided Design and Drafting, Historic Preservation, etc.).
Applicants should possess the following three skills: hand lettering, freehand sketching, and precision computer-aided drafting. Experience in producing field measurements and measured drawing is recommended, but not required.
Additional qualifications:
Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Environment:       
The HABS/HAER/HALS office is located in downtown Washington, DC, a large, urban, multicultural area where a wide variety of ethnic communities exist. The office is located near several public transportation methods, in a large, historic federal building, with security, a cafeteria, gym (fee), post office, dry cleaner and the Federal Credit Union.

The office environment is professional yet casual. There will be many opportunities to work with various members of the HABS, HAER and HALS staff and summer interns on a professional level. College-age summer interns hired through our Summer Recording Program often socialize outside of office hours and Client the history and culture of the Washington, DC area.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
Other than standard proof of identity and American citizenship, no driver's license is required for placement at HDP, although possession of a driver's license is helpful.
Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $400 per week
  • Housing stipend or offsite housing is provided for non-local students
  • Mandatory attendance at the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:
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