Editorial Internship (Asian & Pacific Islander History)

Academic Credits





$1000 per month

Hours per week

Approximately 28 hours/week (flexible)



Start Date


End Date



2600 Virginia Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States



 The Editorial Intern will focus on producing research that identifies historic places that have connections to the heritage and culture of Asian American or Pacific Island people for editorial coverage on SavingPlaces.org, in Preservation magazine, Preservation Leadership Forum, and through other National Trust channels. The intern will also be given the opportunity to write and report a number of these stories on their own, contributing directly to the values (innovation, diversity, collaboration, and making a difference) and goals of the National Trust by working to incorporate more diverse voices, expanding our view, and helping us tell the full American story.

National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship. 

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $1,000 per month to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately May to August (exact dates TBD with intern), for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Conduct editorial research and reporting, including identifying issues and challenges related to historic preservation practice around sites with connections to Asian American & Pacific Islander hertage and culture, as well as identifying stories for National Trust content creators to report and write about.
  • Conduct photo research and editing for related images
  • Engage in story building, pitching and writing for web/blog, social media and print outlets
  • Use National Trust’s content management system for management of online resources
  • Some administrative tasks and other duties as assigned



The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected editorial professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and nonprofit advocacy organizations and an award winning publication. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.  

Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • The editorial process
  • Research and story pitching
  • Reporting, storytelling and writing
  • Photo research and editing
  • Using online content management systems
  • Operating in a professional setting at a leading national nonprofit organization

At the end of the project the intern will have produced a significant body of research, as well as a number of editorial clips, that can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Availability for 28-hour (4-day) work week in the Washington, D.C, office from May through August. Exact dates are flexible but note this may be longer than some standard summer internship dates)
  • Demonstrated writing ability and experience a must (three published clips are required with application.)
  • Strong background in research and story development.
  • Strong knowledge of AP Style and grammar.
  • Demonstrated interest in subject matter.
  • 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 ability to speak and write clearly in English. Bi-lingual language skills a plus, especially English/Spanish or language relevant to API heritage.
  • 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. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and content management systems a plus.
  • Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in journalism, history, Asian American studies/history, English, philosophy, religion, language, or related liberal arts disciplines preferred.


National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship. 

For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $1,000 per month to help offset expenses.

How To Apply


Please email cover letter and resume to  721817-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com