Are you, or do you know of, a student interested in the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources? The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C., has internship and fellowship opportunities available for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. 

A small, independent federal agency, the ACHP oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and manages a variety of preservation programs dealing with promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, national preservation policy and legislation, Native American interests, community preservation, economic development, sustainability, building a more inclusive preservation program, and youth engagement.

Selected interns complete projects contributing to, or broadening awareness of, the work of the ACHP and our historic preservation partners nationwide. Specific assignments are developed based on current agency needs and the skills and interests of selected interns. Projects can be designed so that academic credit can be awarded, and ACHP professional staff members supervise all interns. Interns become familiar with the full range of work of the agency and participate in meetings and programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations.

Internships can be for the summer (10 -12 weeks) or an alternative period of time, such as a quarter or a semester during the school year. Interns are volunteers, though a small stipend is provided to help offset expenses. Candidates should have an interest in historic preservation and may come from a wide variety of disciplines, such as history, architectural history, archaeology, planning, law, economics, architectural design, communications, or education.

Questions? Contact Internship Program Coordinator, Judy Rodenstein, at jrodenstein@achp.gov.

Explore preservation-related careers and develop professional skills promoting the sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources.

Internship Postings

The Music Heritage of the District of Columbia is the theme for the 2019 Fall Semester ACHP-Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Fellowship. Current or recent undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in cultural and/or historic preservation are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Those with an interest in exploring the preservation of historic sites, intangible heritage, and artifacts within and around the nation’s capital as they relate to music are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline is June 17 for the summer internship in the ACHP's Offices of Preservation Initiatives and Communications, Education, and Outreach