Records Management Intern – National Park Service – Washington, DC

Internships are available immediately for current or former students with archives/records management, library science or historic preservation backgrounds to assist with records management duties in Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service.  TPS has responsibility for historic preservation activities including administration of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives Program.

POSITION:   Records Management Intern

LOCATION:   National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC

PAY:   $15/hour

ELIGIBILITY:   Recent graduate or current student

HOURS:   Full or part time available

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT:  400 hours total (10 weeks full time), possible 10-week renewal

DUTIES:   Opportunity to gain practical experience in the Federal archiving process and in library and archives management of materials relating to cultural resources, specifically historic building rehabilitation.  Work will involve one or both of the following sets of duties, dependent upon the successful candidate’s skills, abilities and interests:

  • Primary duties:  Assists TPS staff with management of project files and resource materials for the Rehabilitation Tax Incentives Program and related technical preservation assistance initiatives.  Duties include organizing and preparing files for disposition to the National Archives and Records Administration, following procedures required under the Federal Records Act and NARA regulations.  Other duties include organization and maintenance of an office library collection containing books and other materials on technical preservation topics. Library duties will include cataloging.
  • Secondary duties:  Assists with the implementation of a database of scanned images of historic properties and historic preservation projects and treatments, drawn largely from ongoing or completed rehabilitation projects reviewed by the Tax Incentives Program.  Duties include scanning images and entering thorough descriptions and metadata for each image file, contacting image owners for permission to publish when necessary, and ensuring that the information attached to each image meets all Federal requirements for future web or print publications. Additionally, assignments to find and procure images needed for publications under development may be made.

In addition, position will assist, as needed, with the administration of the Federal Historic Tax Incentives Program.  To see the range of TPS activities and publications go to our website at; information on the Tax Incentives program is under that tab at the top of the page.  

SKILLS AND BACKGROUND:  Strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.  For library and archives management duties, a background in library science and/or archives management is preferred, but a background in historic preservation or an allied field with a strong interest in library and archives management will be considered.  For database duties, experience with or interest in database management and/or with image management software such as Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Fireworks is desirable. Familiarity with architectural terminology preferred, but not required.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND CONTACT:  To apply, email a resume and academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) to Guy Lapsley in Technical Preservation Services at .  For questions or further information, send an email to the same address or call 202-354-2025.   

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled:  positions are available now, so early submission is recommended and encouraged.

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