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Architect/ Historic Preservation Technician Intern
Ref No.: 19-00128
Location: Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/25/2020
Pay Rate : $ 10.00 /Hour
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, and we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title Architect/ Historic Preservation Technician Intern
NPS Unit Name Historic American Buildings Survey, Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS), WASO - Washington, DC
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position Description The position requires the ability to produce hand sketches and take hand measurement in the field, and produce detailed, as-built,  measured drawings of historic sites and landscapes in AutoCAD. Student architects measure buildings, landscapes, industrial structures, sites, and objects, including floating vessels, and produce existing-conditions drawings in CAD, including drawings that interpret and explain industrial processes and engineering works. Architect interns produce standard two-dimensional landscape architectural drawings (site plans, site sections, details, etc.) and some work in three-dimensional modeling. The position is supervised by a permanent member of the Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) staff.
Heritage Documentation Programs administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and companion programs HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The office staff consists of architects, historians, landscape architects, and a large format photographer. Each summer, there is an influx of young professionals from around the country who work with us to produce documentation of historic buildings, sites, and landscapes around the country. Documentation consists of measured and interpretative drawings, written historical reports, and large-format photographs. The documentation produced by HABS/HAER/HALS is archived in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, which makes the documentation available to a worldwide audience on their website.  The office environment is professional yet casual. There will be many opportunities to work with various members of the HABS, HAER, and HALS staff and summer interns on a professional level. College-age summer interns hired through our Summer Recording Program often socialize outside of office hours and Client the history and culture of the Washington, DC area.
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Learning Goals Learn by working with architects, landscape architects, and historians to produce official HABS/HAER/HALS documentation of historic sites. Learn about HABS/HAER/HALS methods of "Preservation Through Documentation." Learn the Secretary of Interior Standards for Architectural Documentation. Understand the principles of design and construction of historic sites. Learn how to produce field sketches by hand and learn a variety of techniques for taking measurements by hand of historic structures and sites. Improve skill in the use of AutoCAD to produce two dimensional, three dimensional, measured, and
interpretative drawings. Learn how to use photogrammetry to accurately produce measured drawings from orthographic photographs and various software. Spend time in the field with the HDP Large-Format Photographer and learn about film and digital large format photography. Use High Definition Laser Scanner and associated software. Work with 3D Point Clouds to produce measured drawings. Network with professionals in the field of Historic Preservation. Understand the mission of the National Park Service. Understand the role of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection.
Qualifications Applicants should have completed at least three years in an accredited program of architecture or pursuing a degree/certificate in Historic Preservation. Course work in an accredited design major and technical/ computer-aided drafting is strongly recommended (e.g., Architecture, Architectural History, Computer-Aided Design, and Drafting, Historic Preservation, etc.). Applicants should possess the following three skills: hand lettering, freehand sketching, and precision computer-aided drafting. Experience in producing field measurements and measured drawings is recommended, but not required. Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD or other CAD software is required. Work samples (portfolio) will requested prior to placement. Work samples should illustrate skills and should include freehand pencil sketches, architectural lettering, field notes with annotations and measurements,  traditional landscape architectural drawings produced in AutoCAD 2016 or later version, etc.
Additional qualifications:
•          Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
•          Must be between 16 and 30 years of age
•          Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
•          Must be able to pass a federal background check
 Work Environment The participant will work with several other student architects and historians who are hired as Federal employees and will be spending the summer in Washington, DC, working on a variety of documentation projects, providing many opportunities for networking, cultural exchange, and learning. The majority of the internship will occur in a professional office environment between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Occasional site visits outside of the office environment will occur where appropriate clothing and footwear are necessary. There may be the opportunity of overnight stays with a measuring team while conducting fieldwork. The office building is accessible to those with physical disabilities. However, some site visit locations being documented may not be accessible.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not required for this site.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • A housing assistance stipend is available for non-local interns.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Career & Leadership Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at
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