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Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program


What are the benefits of this internship program?

  • These internships are a unique career exploration opportunity in the historic preservation/cultural resources field.
  • Interns contribute to the preservation of the nation's cultural heritage.
  • Internships with this program are paid. See below.
  • If necessary, travel from the intern's home base to the internship location is paid by the program.*

Who is eligible for this internship program?

  • Students ages 18-25 currently enrolled in a college or university degree program, either undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Recent graduates, ages 18-25, within one year of the start of the internship, are also eligible.

What do I need to submit for my application?

  • A resume or curriculum vitae (c.v.), preferably 1-2 pages that includes: your education information; previous and current experience; publications or presentations; awards, scholarships honors, etc.
  • A cover letter that includes a statement, 100 words or less, of why you want the internship and why you are qualified.
  • A school transcript. An unofficial one is acceptable.
  • A list of three references with contact information.
  • Submit your application materials directly to the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Electronic submissions are preferred:, phone 703-524-2441, fax 703-524-2451.
  • It is highly recommended that you provide all of the above materials. An incomplete application is less competitive.

Will I need to provide references or recommendations?

  • Yes. List at least three references with full contact information as part of your resume or c.v.
  • References are typically supplied by current and former employers, and current and former professors. A professional non-relative who has worked with you in a community context also may be considered a reference.

Will I be interviewed?

  • Yes. Interviews are conducted by telephone; the project supervisor will review your application material and call you. If you are local to the project site, an in-person interview may be arranged.

When are applications due?

  • Applications are accepted beginning in February 2013.
  • Application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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Is this a paid internship?

  • Yes, this is an expense-paid and salaried internship. Interns are paid every two weeks for full-time work hours of the project.


Summer Internship benefits:

  Paid a set salary of $250/week.

  Basic medical insurance coverage if eligible.

  Housing stipend of up to $800/month.

  SCA uniform package.

  Travel expenses up to $650.

  Option to receive an Americorps Educational Award of $1,000.  

Can I apply to more than one project?

  • Yes, students can apply to multiple projects that they are genuinely interested in.
  • It is recommended that students apply to 3-4 projects and rank their order of preference.

What is the time commitment of the internship?

  • Summer internships are 10 weeks beginning June 2, 2013.
  • Start and end dates are determined by the host site and confirmed with the intern upon hire.

How can I find housing?

  • You will be responsible for finding and paying for your own housing convenient to the worksite.
  • Both SCA and the project supervisor will work with you to provide information about local housing resources.
  • A housing stipend of $800/month is provided.
  • The host site may provide housing when the project is located in remote (non-urban) locations.

When will I know if I have been selected for the internship?

  • You will be notified by email when your application has been submitted. You may also receive contact information for the site supervisor for your use in pursuing the opportunity.
  • Notification time varies, but you should inquire about your status 2-3 weeks after your application is submitted to the project supervisor.
  • If selected, the project supervisor will make the offer of the internship; you will be asked to respond within 2-3 business days.
  • After confirming your acceptance of the internship, you will work with SCA staff to enroll in the program.
  • Internships with the National Park Service will require security clearance at least 30 days prior to the start date.

How can I get more information?

  • Visit the website:
  • Contact the National Park Service coordinator: Paloma Bolasny, 202-354-2174,
  • Contact the Student Conservation Association coordinator, Justin Chow, 703-524-2441 ext. 25, or SCA, 1800 N. Kent St, Suite 102, Arlington, VA 22209

*Interns must be willing to travel by air or use alternative transportation not to exceed a reasonable amount of time.

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