🔗GIS Research Internship
Website National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust is seeking candidates for a Summer 2023 Internship to support the work of the Research & Development Department (RAD). RAD serves a broad mandate for producing innovative research and development of data-informed deliverables in service of the activities across the Preservation Division and the strategic priorities of the National Trust.
Recently the work of the department has focused on equitable development, racial equity, and social justice issues in preservation among other pressing priorities confronting cities and historic sites in the 21st century. You can see two examples of recent work completed by the RAD team at https://savingplaces.org/equity-report and https://forum.savingplaces.org/state-htc
National Trust internships are temporary 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 $4,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship is from June 5 to July 28, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available). The internship for 2023 will be performed remotely.
The GIS intern will be a valued contributor to the work of the RAD team and will work closely with the Senior GIS Project Manager. RAD will provide the intern with opportunities to engage in multiple facets of GIS including data research, collection, editing, analysis, and mapping. Specific tasks may include the following:
- Conduct geospatial research and analysis to support the RAD team’s work on climate change, natural disaster risk and response, Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, affordable housing, and mapping of historic places
- Compile and create metadata for geospatial resources for inclusion in an open data repository
- Create customized web maps and map-based tools to present findings of GIS data collection and analysis efforts
- Research current use, best practices and barriers to use of GIS throughout the preservation field
- Research and collect GIS data on historic districts and other preservation related information at the local and state scale
- Maintain and update feature services, map services and other GIS content within the National Trust’s ArcGIS Online environment
- Assist with routine ArcGIS Online organization administration
Write brief articles or blog posts to present findings of GIS data research and analysis efforts
- Contribute to the creation of ArcGIS StoryMaps
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation & GIS professionals, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s organization-wide internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.
The RAD GIS intern will be exposed to all areas of the department’s activities and be provided with a variety of opportunities to participate in applied GIS. Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Practical application of GIS technology and methods in the historic preservation profession
- Thought leadership in the realm of creating creative GIS solutions to promote positive and data-informed actions
- GIS career development in a non-profit context from a leading national organization
At the end of the project the intern will have produced or contributed to multiple GIS efforts and products which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits. GIS projects at the time of internship may vary depending on emergent priorities of RAD and alignment with the interests and background of the selected candidate.
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.
As an organization operating under Public Land Corps Act (PLC) authority, many NCPE positions qualify the intern for Federal Hiring Preference if (1) they complete a minimum of 640 hours at one or more qualifying conservation project(s); (2) are between the ages of 16 and 30 years (35 if a veteran); and (3) apply for a Federal position at USAJOBS with PLC noted in the announcement within two years of completing the internship. Find out more about this hiring preference during the interview or contact email@example.com for details.
To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
You may review NCPE's internship opportunities during the Summer and Winter application rounds without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.
Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from email@example.com to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your user name or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.
Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only, labeled Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.
Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during this application round. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
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.
Quick Tips on How to Apply
#1 If you feel you need to bolster your resume or expand your knowledge base in a certain area, consider offering research assistance to an authority at your university and/or design a 1-credit reading course with an eminent scholar or practitioner.
#2 "Experience" is more than paid work. It is any activity that gives you the knowledge and ability to do something well. So include in the Universal Application all relevant research projects, academic extracurricular activities, and volunteer interests to show your initiative, leadership, and competency.
#3 Proofread everything. The qualification most sought after for any job or internship is strong communication skills so start off on the right foot with no spelling or grammatical errors in your application.
Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.