Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is now in the midst of a rebirth—re-imagining itself as a more relevant community asset by re-activating its historic spaces and stories, all the while showcasing why the preservation of an undeniable cultural treasure matters. Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House has appealed primarily to traditional historic house visitors, but in the recent past and in the present, is now producing a range of new innovative program offerings, through socially relevant partnerships.
The Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House Marketing & Event Support Intern will support a new interpretive and landscape design-based symposium and exhibition to take place this Spring 2021, that will help the site design a blueprint for an outdoor, narrative-based art trail. This project will bring together artists, landscape designers, agriculturalists, architects, historians, place-makers and community activists to produce a template for what will be a contemporary art walk that will capture the site’s historic stories – dominated by farming, craft, art, architecture and social justice narratives – and the needs of its community.
National Trust for Historic Preservation internships are temporary, volunteer, experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship. The period of the internship can be flexible depending on the student’s needs, for approximately 6-8 hours per week (flexibility of schedule available). We seek someone for the summer and/or fall season. Due to current quarantine restrictions, the work will likely be completed remotely for the foreseeable future, but someone local who could come on site periodically as the site re-opens would be preferred.
- Assist with research, community outreach, design and marketing for the Symposium
- Assist with contacting and coordinating the logistics of symposium speakers and participants
- Assist with special event planning and implementation
- Intern will also be invited to be part of other exhibits and programming going on at the historic site during their tenure, and to interact with site staff and visitors regularly, both remotely and through periodic in-person meetings.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of non-profit and museum professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s premiere historic house museums.
Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- Special event coordination and planning
- Community outreach, promotion and media planning
- Ability to work six to eight hours a week for a four-month period is expected.
- Basic analytical and problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Basic project-organization skills.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
- Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with the ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
- Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter preferred.