Job Listing: Historic Preservation Internship
Red Hill-Patrick Henry National Memorial – Brookneal, VA
Closes - Open until closed
Position Title – Historic Preservation Internship
Salary -Paid internship, $1,500
Job Type - 30 hours a week minimum (flexible scheduling), 1 semester commitment
Apply: Send all requested items to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
The mission of the PHMF is to promote educational and research programs about the life,
character, times, philosophy, and legacy of Patrick Henry.
PHMF was founded in 1944 to save the historic property of Patrick Henry from irreparable loss and
form a non-profit organization to ensure its continued protection. PHMF purchased Red Hill from
the estate of Patrick Henry’s great-granddaughter, Lucy Gray Henry Harrison, in 1945. The property
has since been expanded to encompass 1,000 acres, including the location of the Enslaved and Free
African American Cemetery at the Quarter Place. In 1978, Red Hill was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. In 1983, the property was designated a
Virginia Historic Landmark. Three years later, the national memorial was authorized by Congress.
PHMF seeks one (1) Preservation Intern to support the Curator in several preservation projects
involving significant historic buildings and structures at Red Hill which are Virginia Historic
Landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This opportunity will allow the
intern to gain practical, hands-on experience working directly with historic structures with a
connection to slavery within a rural landscape to learn proper building maintenance and report
writing techniques that can be transferred to later job opportunities. The Preservation Intern will
work with the Curator on special projects related to the twelve historic structures on the property,
including the creation of cyclical building maintenance schedules and participating in comprehensive
inspections to identify necessary repairs.
Current or recently graduated undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of history,
architectural history, construction, building conservation, historic preservation, or related disciplines
are encouraged to apply.
• The intern will assist the Curator with the inspection and documentation of historic
buildings. The intern will also assist with completing building condition reports, identifying
areas of previous inappropriate repairs, and photographing areas of deterioration.
• The intern will work with buildings related to the history of slavery at Red Hill, particularly
on the Quarter Place, and assist in their identification and research. Construction techniques
unique to buildings constructed for use by the enslaved will be identified with sensitive
repair works proposed to ensure their continued preservation and interpretation.
• The intern can expect to gain a practical working knowledge in building conservation. The
intern will gain valuable preservation experience by helping prepare Scope of Work reports,
identifying contractors to carry out work, and documenting the work before, during, and
after its completion.
• The intern will assist in duties related to cost analysis and funding to identify possible grant
opportunities. The intern will also help with preparing grant applications as needed.
• The intern will engage with the public through tours of school groups and elementaryschool-aged children by presenting short tours of the historic buildings and preservation.
• The intern will be given opportunities to attend organizational events, such as staff meetings,
to gain a broader understanding of the workplace and its initiatives. Other activities will be
assigned that will further the intern’s learning, knowledge, and experience.
• Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program in
history, architectural history, construction, building conservation, historic preservation, or
• Ability to commit 30 hours a week minimum.
• Basic knowledge of current practices in historic preservation.
• Computer proficiency.
• Dedicated team player with strong leadership skills and independent, creative attitude.
• Previous knowledge or understanding of architectural vocabulary.
• Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of
• Familiarity with 18th century building methods, materials, and their inherent risk.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Ability to navigate Red Hill’s historic buildings and landscape, comfortable being in small spaces and
working outdoors for short periods of time. Mobility and sensory capability required for the care of
buildings, computer utilization, telephone access and communication, communication in one-on-one
meetings. Non-employee position.
Intern will be paid a $1,500 stipend to be distributed over the course of the semester. Housing with
amenities on site is provided.
A completed internship application consists of the following:
• Cover letter
• Resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences
• Contact information for two references
Send the above items to: email@example.com