Salary $14.61 Hourly
Location Dauphin County, PA
Job Type Internship
Department Historical & Museum Commission
Job Number N-2022-14224
Closing 2/20/2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Job Code U2700
Position Number Multiple positions may be filled
Union Non-Union Bargaining Unit 98
Pay Group ST01
Bureau/Division Code 00300600
Bureau/Division State Historic Preservation Office
Worksite Address 400 North Street
Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Contact Name MegAnn Carey
Contact Phone(717) 772-2839C
Are you exploring the field of historic preservation and looking for some real-world experience? The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Internship Program provides opportunities to pursue your professional growth and contribute to sharing Pennsylvania’s rich heritage with the public.
Keystone Internship dates are scheduled for June 6 – August 12, 2022.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The Historic Preservation Office is offering three internships this year. We will be filling a Preservation Services and Education Internship, a Public Service Internship, and a MARS Sites Survey Internship
Preservation Services and Education:
Information is powerful, especially when it comes to historic preservation. As the State Historic Preservation Office, PA SHPO places a high value on providing Pennsylvanians with credible, practical, and accessible information about historic preservation and the value of the commonwealth’s older and historic places. Educational materials, along with preservation programs like survey, the National Register of Historic Places, and historic tax credits, are critical tools in the preservation toolbox to assist citizens, communities, agencies, and others preserve the places that matter to them.
This internship supports PA SHPO’s work – and by extension the work of preservationists and planners throughout the commonwealth – with three projects that provide needed guidance to help users achieve preservation outcomes. These projects, when completed, will be published and disseminated widely to PA SHPO’s many audiences to assist them with research and documentation projects that further preservation interests.
The intern will have the opportunity to draw on classroom knowledge and previous experience and apply it to real-world preservation and public history practice. Working alongside members of the PA SHPO team in a traditional and virtual professional office environment, the intern will gain valuable hands-on experience in the field with historic resources survey and the new Surveyor suite. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will have a portfolio of work products and invaluable experience working with a diverse professional team.
Agricultural Survey Internship:
Big-box stores. Warehouses. Highway expansions. Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage is being eroded before we have the chance to truly understand it. Via purposeful, experiential activities designed to engage the applicant in the development of critical skills for future professional work, the right applicant will help build Pennsylvania’s understanding of its own past and better prepare the Commonwealth for its future in a changing economy.
This internship will explore Pennsylvania’s agricultural history and will provide intern staff will the opportunity to gain real world experience with the research, documentation, recordation, and evaluation of these significant property types, and therefore prepare interns for professional opportunities in both historic preservation and public history practice. Reconsidering, consolidating, and taking advantage of existing data to prompt new avenues for research will be an important part of every preservation professional’s career. Through this internship, the right applicant will find an unprecedented level of autonomy and freedom to re-interpret existing data.
In addition to working in person within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Building, the applicant will have the opportunity to take their skills and curiosity out on the road. Field visits to surveyed properties will be an important part of evaluating their current conditions, potential boundaries, and contextual relationships. They will also offer the budding photographer the chance to hone their skills in a variety of lighting and weather conditions.
Many offices are awash with outdated and poorly reviewed survey data. This internship will provide a case study in using imperfect data as the basis for evaluating the potential significance of specific agricultural properties, identifying gaps in existing data, and correcting that data to produce a higher quality inventory of significant places in the commonwealth.
MARS Sites Survey Internship:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue. Snyder County, Pennsylvania’s McClure Bean Soup Festival fairgrounds. From grassroots advocacy for a local site of cultural importance, to the study of archaeological patterns, to the lengthy National Historic Landmark designation process, all aspects of historic preservation practice start with identifying what you have! Accordingly, the goal of this internship is the documentation of PHMC historic sites through cultural resource survey to serve as a model for others to be good stewards of their historic places.
This internship opportunity seeks to collaborate with the right candidate to provide hands-on training in professional quality cultural resource survey. Through purposeful, experiential tasks and hands-on work assignments, the right candidate will create a survey plan, learn and work with the digital survey tools used by professional cultural resource consultants in Pennsylvania, conduct fieldwork that includes training in the architectural history and archaeological resource identification skills necessary for professional practice, receive training to develop professional level field photography skills, learn the processes of research and survey data management in Pennsylvania, gain experience with professional quality survey report creation, and get an insider’s view of working with both clients and the State Historic Preservation Office.
The right candidate for this internship will have the opportunity to gain work experience in cultural resource survey at a professional level while also participating in pertinent training sessions, meetings, and educational events at the PA SHPO, gaining exposure to internal and external networks across the agency, and benefitting from structured mentoring conversations that will highlight both the missions of the State Historic Preservation Office and the values of historic preservation practice.
Keystone interns will work between 225 – 300 hours during the scheduled internship dates of June 6th – August 12th 2022. Work hours will be based upon operational needs and finalized between selected interns and their supervisor.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, enrolled at a college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program, and must hold a minimum of a 2.5 GPA at the time of their internship.
How To Apply:
- Attach academic transcripts; if applicable.
The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
613 North Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120