Historic Preservation Internships
An internship is strongly suggested in the summer between your academic years. Pursuing a Historic Preservation internship is intended to be a learning experience, a chance to try out new skills and interests developed in your first year of the program.
An internship can be anywhere in the world that offers a possibility for a supervised, quality experience with historic preservation professionals and projects. We recommend that students find paid positions, however if you are working outside of the United State it may not be possible due to visa and immigration restrictions. International students should check with the Columbia International Students and Scholars Office to learn about your unique status before starting any search.
We recommend that an internship be a minimum of 240 hours of employment. Some students have one internship for the entire summer, while others have several short-term or part-time assignments.
You are responsible for finding your own internship, however the program administration is here to help you with applications and your search. Some opportunities come to Columbia and are disseminated to students through the Weekly-Emails. Others can be found by networking with faculty and alumni.
We ask that students let the HP office know what you are going to do before you leave at the end of the spring semester.
Internships at Historic Seattle & Historic Tacoma
Her second internship is at Historic Tacoma. Here she is working with Historic Tacoma Board President Dr. Caroline Swope to develop, produce, and promote a community workshop on historic preservation and facade restoration as well as a walking tour, with a printed guide, of South Tacoma. She is also creating an online community resource guide, a preservation plan, and researching approximately 50 buildings in order to eventually have them listed on Tacoma's Register of Historic Places.
Internship in Usonia, New York
The leafy, wooded enclave continues to project an aura of man and nature in harmony together, and the original owner of one of the Wright houses, attributes the longevity of so many original residents of the community to its design. Jess is working under the direction of the Westchester County Historical Society and the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
Alison Chiu ’12
Internship at the Shangri La (Doris Duke Foundation, Center for Islamic Arts) in Honolulu, HI.
Shangri La was constructed from 1937-1939, and was Doris Duke's residence in Honolulu, Hawaii from the 1930s until her death in 1993. It is currently owned by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts. Shangri La houses an exquisite collection of Islamic art pieces from her world travels, and operates as a museum with daily tours in partnership with the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Emma Marconi '12
Internship at AKRF in New York and Southampton, NY
David Ault, Lorena Perez & Lauren Younce
Internship with the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation
David Ault, Lorena Perez, and Lauren Younce, worked under the supervision of Kim Miller, Staff Architect & Director of Operations at the Pocantico Center (GSAPP M.Arch 1990); Preservation Program Associate Maggie Oldfather (GSAPP HP 2006) ; and Arnaldo Ugarte, Sculpture Conservation Technician.
The property is perhaps best known as the location of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a house museum. Tarrytown, New York, is 30 minutes by train from midtown. The entire estate property is now known as Pocantico Hills.
There are several other buildings on the property besides Kykuit which have now been relinquished by the family since Kykuit opened as a museum. In planning for future use and preservation of the additional buildings on the estate, the staff of the Pocantico Hills site first needed good documentation. Neither of the two buildings most recently turned over to the Foundation had any plans, elevations, or measurements in the extensive files of the Foundation. The students prepared Historic American Building Survey – level documentation, drawings and photographs for the Marcel Breuer House (1949), originally designed for an exhibit, the House in the Museum Garden at MoMA; and the Japanese Shrine (1909) a mahogany teahouse originally located in the Japanese Garden adjacent to Kykuit. The beautiful drawings produced by the students will be entered by the students in the national Charles E Peterson competition for architectural drawings, co-sponsored by HABS, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the AIA.
The interns will also spent some time each week assisting the Conservation Technician with cleaning and treating the outdoor sculpture collection at Kykuit.
Neela Wickremesinghe, Sarah Sher & Reba Ashby
Internship in Lesvos, Greece with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
For their internship, under the supervision of Adjunct Professor Pamela Jerome, the students were given the invaluable opportunity to work on the Monis Perivolis Lesvos Churches on the island of Lesvos, Greece, undertaking conservation of Post-Byzantine wall paintings at the 16th century church of the monastery of Monis Perivolis. The students spent five weeks on site in Lesvos.
The Kress Foundation has been a supporter of the students and faculty of the Historic Preservation Program for many years, enabling their participation in preservation projects around the world.
Internship with Jablonski Building Conservation
Internship with Jablonski Building Conservation
Internship with the U.S. Embassy in Peru at the Museo Larco in Lima, Peru
Despite being a relatively small, privately run institution, the Museo Larco has one of the foremost collections of Peruvian pre-Columbian artifacts in the world. It is located in the center of Lima in an 18th century Colonial mansion that is built over the remains of a 7th century Incan pyramid. Lauren’s internship was at an interesting period for the museum. Having recently undergone an extensive renovation of its gallery spaces, Museo Larco was preparing for its official unveiling (an event expected to have over 1000 guests, including President Alan García Pérez of Peru, in attendance), which enabled Lauren to have a variety of projects to assist with the event.