The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and other partnering government agencies, is pleased to offer internships during the 2020 academic year, beginning in January 2020. NCPE has partnered with the NPS since 1992 to connect post-secondary students and recent graduates in historic preservation, cultural resource management, and related fields to projects at a wide variety of sites and divisions within the NPS system and other agencies annually. Approximately 60 internships are available during this period; another 85 will be offered in the summer of 2020. This page describes the process to apply for an academic year 2020 internship; visit this page in February for information about summer internships. In both cases, completing an application is the first step in securing an internship.
The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full-time (40 hours/week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. The exact starting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis with the supervisor.
Stipends are paid at $15/hour unless noted otherwise. Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees; stipends are academic awards rather than wages. Taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.
To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program or recently graduated (degree received December 2018 or later). Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in NCPE’s program. Previous interns must stay within this overall limit.
Please be aware that unless otherwise noted, interns are responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location. In some cased the supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodations.
Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required for all positions if you are chosen for that position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about those requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. Please direct any questions to Julee Johnson at

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NCPE’s staff will process applications and forward them to the supervisors at the many NPS sites and offices requesting an intern. Supervisors will review the applications and contact applicants for a phone interview. Please allow 6-8 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.


The application is available in Adobe Acrobat. To submit your application, please scan your materials and email them as a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing both the signed application and the two most recent years of your academic transcripts to the Co-Director of NCPE’s Internship Program, Julee Johnson (email:
Applications that include a resume, writing sample (other than the required essay), portfolio, or other documents will be rejected. Please adhere to the single .pdf format requirements. Name the file with your name in this format: Lastname_Firstname_NCPE_AcademicYear20. Due to the large number of applications received, please keep your file under 5 MB or compress it to meet this limit.
Applications must be received no later than November 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
For more information, including “tips for completing a successful application,” visit the official posting at PreserveNet Education.
Posted November 6, 2019