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Historic Preservation Internships

Stay up to date with our students this summer as they blog about their internship and travel experiences: Historic Preservation at Columbia Blog

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. 

Past Interships

Below is a list of internships students have held in the past few years.

In New York City
Avery Library
Belmont Freeman Architects
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
Building Conservation Associates
Central Park Conservancy
Cloisters Museum
DOCOMOMO US
Easton Architects
Evergreene Architectural Arts
Friends of the Upper Eastside
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Governor’s Island National Park
Higgins & Quasebarth
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
Jablonski Building Conservation
Kaese and Lynch Architecture and Engineering
Landmark West!
Li/Saltzman Architects
Merchant’s House Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Municipal Arts Society
New York Economic Development Council
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
New York City Parks Department
NY Preservation Archive Project
Rockefeller Brothers Foundation
Skyscraper Museum
Superstructures Engineers + Architects
TriBeCa Trust
WASA Architects & Engineers
World Monuments Fund

Beyond New York City
Cape Cod Preservation Association
Frances Perkins Center
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation/Museum
Greater Portland Landmarks
Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office
Heritage Toronto
Historic Hudson
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
Historic Seattle
ICOMOS (Ecuador, Ireland)
Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation
MacRostie Historic Advisors
Montana Preservation Alliance
Moni Perivoli Mural Conservation in Greece
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
National Park Service: Northeast Region Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center
Newport Historical Society
New York State Historic Preservation Office
Page & Turnbull Architects (San Francisco Office)
Perkins & Will (San Francisco Office)
Rio World Heritage Institute
San Francisco Planning Department
Westchester County Historical Society
United States Embassy in Peru Summer Internship Program