Nancy Campbell
National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship Program

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by 4:00pm.  

See Also

Application  (MS Word)

How to Develop a Great Nancy Campbell/Application

Winning Application Sample

Former Intern Profiles

Nancy Campbell is chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as chairman of the National Trusts Campaign for Americas Historic Places. She is a former chairman of both the National Trusts Board of Advisors and the Heritage Society. She served on the White House Millennium Committee to Save Americas Treasures, is a trustee of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy in New York and of Historic Hudson Valley, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation. In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic preservation, friends and admirers of Nancy Campbell, wife of former Wesleyan University President Colin Campbell, established the Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship Program.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered by Congress in 1949, is a nonprofit advocacy   organization with approximately 250,000 members.  The National Trust is committed to saving America’s diverse historic environments and to encouraging public participation in the preservation of sites, buildings, and objects significant in American history and culture.

Description of the Internship                                                                    
The program runs ten weeks from June to August in Washington D.C.  The intern will be involved in a project and attend weekly education seminars and field trips.  Internship projects vary based on National Trust needs developed during the year.  Former intern responsibilities have included research and writing on historical topics, developing architectural and collections databases, marketing the annual conference, promoting a cultural diversity program, and researching community revitalization projects.  To learn more about what former interns have done, see Former Intern Profiles.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Completion of sophomore year required by the start of the internship.  Must have strong writing, research and computer skills.

Criteria for Selection                                                                             
The Nancy Campbell Summer Internship Program Committee will evaluate the proposals based on:                                 

The ability of the internship to enhance the student’s Wesleyan educational experience, provide new skills and/or test or broaden the student’s areas of career interest.

Proven commitment from a faculty member via a reference.

Amount Available                                                                                               
$3,900 to cover expenses related to the ten week internship. Housing is not provided.

Note: Wesleyan University does not make any determination on the taxability of these awards.  Please consult your tax advisor to determine your tax status and liability. International students should refer to the Financial Aid Web site for details on their tax status.

Applicant must submit 4 copies of a resume, an unofficial transcript, and a one to two page essay. In addition, we require 1 copy of a reference from a faculty member addressed to the Campbell Internship Committee included in a sealed envelope in the application packet.  For tips on creating a solid proposal, see How to Develop a Great Nancy Campbell Application

Request a faculty recommendation. Take the time to meet with him/her to provide an overview of your interest in the Campbell and how it meets your career goals. Provide a deadline for picking the recommendation up in a sealed envelope, to be included in your application.

Prepare a one to two page statement detailing your interest and how the experience of interning for the National Trust fits your long-term career goals. A Career Center staff member will be glad to meet with you to review your statement.

             For more information on the internship:
             Explore some past Intern Profiles.
             Check out possible internships at the trust:
                   (click on “Resources” then “Jobs” to view possible internships).
              Look at a good sample of an essay, see a sample winning essay

Prepare a resume. Staff at the Career Center will be happy to help you develop or polish your resume.  Call 860/685-2180 for an appointment.

Download an unofficial transcript from your electronic portfolio

Complete the application.

Make four copies of the resume, unofficial transcript and application including the statement of interest.  In addition, we require one copy of the faculty reference addressed to the Committee in a sealed envelope included with the packet.

Submit all hard-copy application materials, including the letter of recommendation to the Career Center by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

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