Fall Externship, Preservation Law

Department: 2018 Internships
Location: Washington, DC


The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save Americaís historic places. The organizationís Law Division is currently seeking an extern to work in its Washington, DC headquarters for the Fall of 2018. The legal externship program provides a practical learning opportunity to law students who have an interest in protecting significant places that reflect our nationís diverse cultural heritage. Applicants with diverse backgrounds who have an interest in historic preservation law and advocacy are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Law Division's attorneys provide a wide array of legal services to the organization, which includes litigation and legal advocacy relating to saving historic places; providing general in-house legal assistance to the various operating divisions of the National Trust; providing advice (both within the organization and to the public) on matters relating to federal, state, and local preservation laws; and coordinating with government agencies and other non-profit organizations. 

The Law Division also plays a key role in supporting the organizationís National Treasures program, which leverages all the National Trustís resources to focus on a portfolio of endangered nationally significant buildings, landscapes, and communities. A list of current National Treasures is available at SavingPlaces.org/National-Treasures. In addition, the Law Division will also play a role in the implementation of the National Trustís new African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund which seeks to tell our nationís full history by drawing attention to centuries of African-American activism and achievement. More information is available at SavingPlaces.org/TellTheFullStory.

The externship provides students with a well-rounded experience of working in a fast-paced nonprofit in-house counselís office with several research and writing opportunities.


The externship program is targeted to second- or third-year law students, preferably with a demonstrated interest in historic preservation or a related field. Excellent writing abilities are a prerequisite, and law review or journal experience is a plus. Work performed by the extern will be directed and reviewed by supervising attorneys. 


A modest stipend is available through the Mildred Colodny Internship in Historic Preservation Law. In some instances, students who are receiving classroom credit may be unable to accept outside funding for their work. The Law Division will assist the extern in obtaining academic credit in the form of an externship.  


August 27, 2018 for the Fall 2018 externship 

Interested students should send a resume, detailed cover letter, and short writing sample (not exceeding ten pages) in electronic format only to:

Legal Externship Program
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Law Division

Watergate Office Building
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20037

E-Mail: 838570-CJB-0@nthp.hrmdirect.com
Phone: 202-588-6035

Please email your resume in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, or .ascii format to the address below. If you wish to enclose a cover letter, please include it in the body of your email message.

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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