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🔗Digital Heritage Intern – 400 hours

  • Internship
  • NCPE Internship
  • Natchitoches, LA
  • 17.00 USD / Hour
  • March 4, 2024
  • Department: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)
  • Job Reference #: 4045e
  • Job Summary: The Digital Heritage Intern will scan a building using a FARO Focus S scanner and process the data. The intern will work in a team to investigate and assess data to provide recommendations for an adaptive reuse plan.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Experience with a FARO Focus S laser scanner (scanning and processing data). Knowledge of CAD and 3D software. Knowledge of architecture. Ability to work in a team environment. Interest in re-envisioning and repurposing historic structures.


  • How to Apply:

    Click on the application button at this listing and follow the instructions to apply online.

  • Job benefits: Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work will be performed in the field and in office. Ability to be outside to laser scan a building and ability to work at a computer to process data/complete research.
  • Application Email:

Website National Park Service/NCPE Internship Program

NCPTT is a research and education center dedicated to advancing the field of historic preservation through the use of science and technology. We are part of the National Park Service's Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science Directorate. Our research and educational programs focus on a wide range of topics, including materials conservation, architectural conservation, archeology, and cultural landscapes.

It has been 30 years since the founding of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). The present facilities have not radically changed since The Center was envisioned. This internship project will review NCPTT’s facilities and reimagine how those facilities can be consolidated and utilized to best serve NCPTT’s mission, its university partner, and the local community for the next 30 years.

The Digital Heritage Intern will work with NCPTT’s Building and Landscapes Department, and a team of interns, to investigate how the facilities can be adaptively reused. Special focus will be given to a preselected building. The team will scan the building using a FARO Focus S laser scanner. The Digital Heritage Intern will scan and process the digital data for the building.

The internship team will create an adaptive reuse plan to present to NCPTT and its university partner with recommendations based on their investigation and findings. Students will work with NCPTT staff and partners to discuss NCPTT’s mission and future needs. Students will utilize scans of present and proposed facilities to develop CAD drawings and investigate how facilities can be adapted to best meet the needs for NCPTT and its partner for the next 30 years.

This project will be a mix of field work and office work at NCPTT, and on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches, LA. Housing is not included; however low-cost housing is available.

The Digital Heritage Intern will complete the internship with the following products:  processed digital scan of a campus building and an innovative adaptive reuse plan created in partnership with the internship team.

This position is part of the Internship Program administered by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The program is a partnership between the National Park Service and NCPE. Eligibility requirements apply; visit for details and instructions on how to apply.

Qualified NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate.  Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Visit the website listed above for details about this benefit. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee Federal employment.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

    Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


    To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

    How to Apply

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    Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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