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. 

Any application received after 9 p.m. on March 5th will not be considered.

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. 


  • 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
Applications are evaluated 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.
  • Endorsement by a Wesleyan faculty member (written reference)

Grants Award
$4,000 to cover expenses related to the ten-week internship. Housing is not provided.
Please 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. 

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following documents to the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

  1. Resume (must be a resume approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake--note that resumes are reviewed, not necessarily, approved on Handshake with 48 hours or 2-business days, so please plan accordingly)
  2. Completed application 
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. One to two page statement detailing your interest in interning at the National Trust and how the experience fits into your long-term goals. 
  5. One faculty recommendation*

*A faculty recommendation addressed to the Wesleyan Grant Committee should be emailed directly to Marcy Herlihy at
Please put "CONFIDENTIAL" in the subject line. 

Visit the 2017 Wesleyan Grants Application page for full application instructions. 
Apply for Wesleyan Grants online via the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 


Each year, there are a number of applications for the Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship but only one person receives funding.  It is, then, very important to develop the best application you can.  The following are tips to help you in your quest for the Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship.

If you have previous experiences that relate to the type of work you would like to do at the National Trust or relevant coursework, be sure to include that information on your resume. 

Faculty Recommendation
Please begin the process of approaching a faculty member for a recommendation early.  When you are asking him or her for a reference, be sure to provide them with a brief statement describing the Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship and also explaining why you are applying for the internship.  Provide the faculty member with a resume and request a pick-up date for the reference – in a sealed envelope – preferably a few days before the application is due.  Send them a short e-mail a few days before the arranged pick-up date to remind them of the deadline. 

It is very important that the faculty recommendation be included with your application when you hand it in.  If you are abroad and must e-mail the application, the recommendation must be emailed to Marcy Herlihy at

Application Essay
Although the above components of the Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship application are key, perhaps the most important section of the application is the essay. 

In a one to two page statement, detail your interest in interning at the National Trust and how the experience fits into your long-term goals. 

The Committee really wants to know why this internship is important to you.  The best essays generally take a “past, present and future” approach. 

First, tell us what in the past has inspired you to explore this career (courses, experiences, exploratory searches, events, courses, and/or internships). 

Next, explain to the Committee what you think you might like to do at the National Trust.  Basically, the Nancy Campbell Internship is a special internship that is provided funds by an endowment fund at Wesleyan University.  Therefore, the National Trust is committed to placing the Wesleyan recipient in a capacity that works for him or her.  Opportunities can range from policy work to preservation to public relations.  See for general information but also explore the entire National Trust site to see where you think you might like to work at the Trust.  Finally, tell us what contributions this experience will have toward your future goals and give us a sense of what you think are your future goals.  You do not need to have specific goals (though some of our applicants do); just give us an idea of what you think you might like to do some day. 

Most applicants write anywhere from a few paragraphs to two pages.  Generally, we have found that one short paragraph doesn’t give you an opportunity to explain to us who you are and why we should fund you.  Finally, we do expect good, grammatically correct writing free of spelling errors!

Please remember that career advisors are available at the Gordon Career Center to review your entire application.