Be a part of the National Trust’s summer internship program and join 15-20 other interns working on individual projects, as well as attending weekly brown bag lectures, tours of historic places, and other education activities.
The National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab is seekign two interns to work in the National Trust’s Washington Office this summer. The Preservation Green Lab advances research that explores the value that older buildings bring to their communities and pioneers policy solutions that make it easier to reuse older and historic buildings. As a programmatic field office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Green Lab is proud to work closely with local, state and national partners to develop innovative content and strategic partnerships that are crucial to advancing our research and policy work. Through four key programs of research and innovation, the Green Lab seeks to minimize carbon impacts from the built environment and to conserve character-rich and human-scale communities that attract people to more sustainable, urban living patterns.
- Outcome Based Energy Code: A new, Outcome-Based Energy Code framework provides regulatory flexibility and enables innovation in greening older buildings.
- District Energy: District Energy Solutions can make it easier and more affordable to transition older neighborhoods to cleaner sources of energy.
- Valuing Building Reuse: New research explores the environmental value of reusing buildings rather than demolishing them to replace with new construction.
- Deep Energy Retrofits: A new, web-based tool – being developed in partnership with the New Buildings Institute – will provide customized guidance for retrofits of smaller commercial structures to achieve energy savings of 50 percent or greater.
The Preservation Green Lab is seeking two summer interns to each produce a discrete deliverable that is pivotal to the success of at least one of these programs.
Internship #1: Survey of Existing Policy and Codes
Perform a survey of existing state and local codes that have implemented an outcome-based approach to existing or historic buildings. The intern will be responsible for conducting research to identify existing legislation nationally that enables flexibility and alternate compliance paths for building, energy, life safety or seismic codes. The final deliverable will be a written report with links to sources.
Internship #2: Deep Energy Retrofit Case Studies
Create a toolkit that allows for the collection and distribution of high-performance historic building case studies. The intern will be responsible for cataloging an existing collection of case studies, evaluating the future case studies that will be generated from activities of the Lab and determining the range of case studies that might be collected from external partners. The final deliverable will include: an information collection standard, graphic template using Adobe InDesign and a website design standard. Time allowing and under the direction of the Green Lab’s Research Fellow, the intern will create a database table and forms using Access to collect future case study information.
The ideal candidates for either internship will be undergraduate Seniors or a graduate students in public policy, architecture, urban planning, or historic preservation with an interest in building classification, preservation, building reuse and/or sustainability.
How To Apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to 87081-CSemail@example.com. Position open until filled.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.