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Tony Goldman Fellowship for Historic Properties Development

Department: Preservation
Location: New York, NY


ReUrbanism – learning from the past and shaping communities through reuse – is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that continues to hold great promise for the future of our cities. With a specific focus on resilience, affordability, and equity, the Trust is working to help revitalize urban communities by identifying, protecting, and leveraging their unique historic resources and distinctive cultural heritage. In Detroit, the Trust is actively working to revitalize an historically African American commercial corridor; in Miami, working with local partners, the Trust is developing an innovative neighborhood plan for the dynamic immigrant community of Little Havana; and in Philadelphia, as part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation, the Trust is working to strengthen the preservation infrastructure of one of America’s great cities. In each of these instances, there is a tremendous opportunity to show how a vibrant, 21st-century city can support its existing residents and use its historic assets to attract people, encourage industry, and expand opportunities for all without compromising authentic neighborhood character.

In the context of the National Trust’s ReUrbanism work, including the National Treasure projects noted above, the Tony Goldman Fellow would work closely with representatives from the Trust’s New York City Field Office and leadership from the Field Services and Research and Development Departments. The Fellow would focus on understanding and applying lessons from the innovative Goldman Properties company to help shape policy recommendations and encourage adaptive use projects in Philadelphia, Miami, and other cities where the Trust is actively engaged.

Founded by preservation minded entrepreneur Tony Goldman in 1968, Goldman Properties has been applying creative ideas to the development and revitalization of historic properties from Wynwood, Miami, to Philadelphia and New York City for over 40 years. Named for Tony Goldman, recipient of the National Trust’s prestigious Loiuse du Pont Crowninshield Award, the national preservation movements highest honor, the fellowship is designed to capitalize on the extraordinary achievements of Goldman Properties, the vision, artistry, and audacity of Tony Goldman, and the national reach and stature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It provides an opportunity to meaningfully engage emerging and/or mid-career professionals at the exciting intersection of historic preservation, real estate development, and urban design. Goldman Properties principal and chairman Janet Goldman or daughter Jessica Goldman Srebnick and son Charles Joseph (Joey) Goldman will participate in the final selection of the Tony Goldman Fellow.

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

For this fellowship, and with the support of the Goldman family, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $10,000.00 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from fall of 2019 through spring of 2020, for approximately 15-20 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available). 


  • The Fellow will be based in the New York City Field Office, but will have opportunities to travel to Washington DC to Trust headquarters, and via generous support from Goldman Properties, to spend one (1) week in their Philadelphia or Miami offices, or other city with a ReUrbanism project.
  • The Fellow will interview Goldman Properties staff to understand the conditions needed for successful adaptive use of underused properties in urban areas, with focus on Philadelphia, Miami, and New York examples. This will include consideration and understanding of market, financial, regulatory, and technical factors, as previously identified by the Urban Land Institute and the National Trust’s Research and Policy Lab as articulated in the “Retrofitting Philadelphia” and “Untapped Potential” reports.
  • The Fellow will assist the National Trust team working on the Philadelphia National Treasure and/or other ReUrbanism projects to help analyze how the array of proposed policy recommendations align with market-based adaptive reuse realities for selected project types and neighborhood conditions, building on Goldman Properties’ experience in urban markets.
  • The Fellow will work with National Trust staff to support ongoing ReUrbanism projects to be determined.
  • The duties listed herein may be altered based on the readiness of projects and/or evolving research needs.


The Fellow will gain experience under the mentorship of urban planning, preservation and real development professionals, at one of the nation’s leading non-profit advocacy organizations. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.

At the end of the project the Fellow will produce a summary report of recommendations related to real investment in historic properties, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.


  • Highly capable graduate student or early/mid career professional in the field of real estate, urban planning and/or historic preservation interested in exploring preservation-based revitalization and community reinvestment in neighborhoods with opportunities for creative, innovative adaptive reuse and real estate financing.
  • Avaibaility for a minimum of 15 hours per week for approximately six months.
  • Familiarity with or connections to Philadelphia, New York and/or Miami; ability to work from or frequently visit New York City.
  • Basic analytical, problem solving, and project organization skills, including ability to pro-actively identify key issues and establish appropriate priorities.
  • 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.
  • 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 other software a plus.

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.

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