Want to be part of a growing and re-imagined events program at a historic house?


Academic Credits

Yes

Hours per week

15-20

Published:

05/01/2018

Application Deadline

05/14/2018

Start Date

05/28/2018

End Date

08/24/2018

Address

9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria
Virginia
22309
United States

Description

Title: Programs & Events Internship           

Division: Preservation Department 

Office/Location: Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House               

Supervisor: Kathleen Scalera

Stipend: Volunteer Only/Academic Credit

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

This internship offers experience in how a growing events program at a non-profit historic site operates. Our site is reimagining itself from a place where two traditional historic house museums exist on one property into community-based venues, where, on the same property, with partner Arcadia Farm, we will host a Center for Sustainable food & Agriculture and American craft. It is also an active wedding venue. Our program of events this summer will offer an excellent opportunity for a student interested in non-profit event planning to understand first-hand the benefits and challenges of event planning. In addition, it provides a front row seat on how taking down the velvet ropes, opening up to a local and greater community of visitors, and re-interpreting the stories of a historic home can make a property relevant again.  

 

DUTIES

The Programs & Events intern will work with the Program Assistant, Weddings & Events to help plan, promote and execute both internal and external events on the site to take place later this spring, summer and fall season. In addition, they will help organize our annual summer Writers in Residence program, which brings local writers to the property to inspire new works. The intern will also also be tasked with helping to promote the site to new participants and partners through social media and other outlets. Hours may include some weekend and evening work as programs demand.

 

EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN

The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected preservation and museum professionals & development staff, in an educational setting at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House. 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:

•      Event planning & marketing

•      Promotion techniques and execution of marketing collateral

 

At the end of the project, the intern will have helped to produce site collateral and promotional materials, and have gained knowledge working with site partners to aid in the execution of events.  They will also have gained knowledge of the benefits and challenges of an historic site undergoing extensive change, and how that change is promoted to the local and broader community.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

•      Working towards or have completed a Bachelor’s degree. 

•      15 hours a week minimum, including some weekend or evening hours.

•      Excellent attention to detail. Analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills,

•      Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal stakeholders as needed.

•      Strong organizational skills required, with ability to multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion, when needed.

•      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.  

•     Proficiency with Microsoft Office products useful, including Outlook, Word and

Excel. Familiarity with Publisher and most social media platforms especially helpful/  

•   Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. 

How To Apply

kscalera@savingplaces.org

http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/

Please submit a resume and cover letter to woodlawnevents@savingplaces.org


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