Public Affairs Internship

Academic Credits






Hours per week

Approximately 25-30 hours/week (flexible)



Start Date


End Date



2600 Virginia Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States



 The Public Affairs Intern will be an integral part of the public affairs team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He/She will assist with high-profile programs, media relations and daily operations in a fast-paced public affairs department. Interns have flexibility to create and execute independent projects based on their interests that will include:

  • Media Reporting: Create media reports for Treasure launches and other media events
  • Press Document Creation and Distribution: Draft press releases, key messages, and press lists
  • Admin: Answer the PA phone line, monitor the inbox, and send all media inquiries out to the team.
  • Diversity Outreach: Develop a diverse audience. From a media perspective, this means reaching out to a wide variety of media outlets that focus on topics of diversity and cater to diverse audiences
  • National Treasures Support: Create media lists for launches and calculate the reach of these efforts by tracking media    placements and impressions. Will also work with site managers to update the specific National Treasure pages on
  • African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund: Assist with the various developments in the communication plan and ongoing promotion to engage cultural influencers around the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
  • Conference Promotion: Prepare for promotion of San Francisco PastForward Conference focused on cities and Re-urbanism themes; create media lists and research potential outreach efforts to be used in the fall.
  • Outreach Plan: Help the Preservation Green Lab team to create a strategic outreach plan to identify research fellows from HBCUs. The fellows will research links between  the built environment and equity, vitality, and livability in African American neighborhoods and in commercial corridors with concentrations of Black-owned businesses.    

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 $2,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship will be from approximately June 4 to July 27, for approximately 25-30 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).


  • Perform all duties with the aim of helping to achieve National Trust strategic goals, including engaging the public, reaching more diverse communities and constituents, and building and highlighting organizational partnerships;
  • Build editorial calendar and track media opportunities;
  • Help implement media strategy, including pitching, for high-profile National Trust programs, events and initiatives;
  • Draft press releases, media advisories and other press materials;
  • Assist with management of online Press Center;
  • Build strategic media lists;
  • Maintain and edit digital assets;
  • Administrative tasks as assigned. 


This internship will provide great value to anyone looking to improve their professional workplace and media relations skills, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. 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:

  •  Organizational and time management skills 
  •  Writing skills
  •  Communication skills with reporters/writers
  •  Opportunistic pitching
  •  Targetting subject-specific outlets/reporters/writers
  •  Identifying and reaching key audiences
  •  Valuable digital media tools such as Cision

At the end of the project the intern will have produced an extensive outreach plan to identify research fellows from HBCUs around equity research which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Experience or demonstrated interest working in communications, public affairs, historic preservation, or related field; experience marketing to and engaging culturally diverse audiences, constituents and partners a plus;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent writing, editing, and research skills required;
  • Familiarity with content management systems, Photoshop and FTP desirable.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative.
  • 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 (especially Spanish fluency) a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 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, including public relations, journalism, historic preservation, museum studies, etc.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.


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 $2,000 to help offset expenses.

How To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to