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Build Up Junior Project Specialist Intern


HPTC Build Up Technical Internship- Junior Project Specialist

Length: Term of position is 6-12 months; full-time 40 hrs./wk
Number of Positions 2
Location: Washington, D.C.
Living Allowance: $22.50/hour
Start Date: May 22nd, 2023
Application Due Date: Preference given to applicants that submit application 03/20/2023
Title of Position HPTC Build Up Junior Project Specialist


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placements (SIP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

SIP in partnership with the National Park Service and Historic Preservation Training Center are seeking individuals for an exciting new opportunity as a HPTC Build Up Junior Project Specialist. The goal of this position is to provide a technical internship that facilitates the opportunity to learn the full scope of HPTC project management.

HPTC utilizes historic preservation projects as the main vehicle for teaching preservation philosophy and building crafts, technology, and project management skills. Our experiential learning approach emphasizes flexibility in addressing the unknown conditions encountered during the project and ensures that the goals of preservation are met.

Interns in this position will be exposed to both design and construction management projects. Additionally, they will receive safety training for construction and learn how to use software programs related to project management and cost estimating. Interns will be rotated through the permanent Project Management (PM) staff to gain different perspectives of project management methodologies.


Identified Projects for 2023 include:

Carter G . Woodson Home Interior Rehabilitation – Washington, D.C.
National Mall Survey Lodge – Design Management – Washington D.C.
Eisenhower Home Roof Replacement – Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg Observation Towers – Design Management – Gettysburg, PA
Ford Theater Door Hardware Replacement – West Virginia
Old North Church Crypt Restoration – Boston, MA
Old State House HVAC Replacement/Upgrade – Boston, MA
Roeder House Plaster Stabilization – Harpers Ferry, WV


Position Responsibilities will include:


Orientation and Training
Intern will receive the following training over the course of their internship:

  • Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) New Employee Orientation and Onboarding
  • OSHA 10 – Construction Safety Training Certification Course – 1-Day Instructor-Led Various safety training courses online related to construction (Scaffolding, tag out procedures, lead base paint, asbestos, etc.)
  • Historic Preservation Fundamentals – 3-Day Instructor-Led Course

Construction and Contract Management
Interns will work with project management staff to gain skills and/or exposure in the following areas while on project sites:

  • Project documentation.
  • Safety and progress inspections.
  • How to facilitate weekly construction progress meetings.
  • The development of meeting agendas and minutes
  • Laborer interviews in accordance with the Dept. of Labor guidelines.
  • Review contractor and subcontractor weekly payrolls for accuracy with PM staff.
  • Review contractor pay application invoices for accuracy and completeness with PM staff.
  • Review As-built drawings for accuracy with PM staff.

Contract Procurement
Intern will work alongside Project Management staff to learn and assist with the following activities related to contract procurement:

  • Conduct market research to determine current market conditions for requirements.
  • Contact vendors to promote bidding on upcoming solicitations and determine if contracts should be solicited as a set aside.
  • Develop an Independent Government Construction Estimate (IGCE) for the contract requirement.
  • Develop scopes of work for design and/or construction contracts.
  • Develop proposal evaluation criteria.
  • Participate in technical evaluation panels to review contractor proposals.
  • Develop requests for proposals (RFP’s), including the generation of cost estimates for contract modifications.
  • Provide responses to Requests for Information (RFI’s).

Project Administration
Intern will work with Project Management staff to learn and assist with the following activities related to project administration:

  • Setup project ledgers and track budget, resource use and schedule changes with MS Project.
  • Help develop project agreements and estimated costs for PM services.
  • Maintain organized project files on SharePoint sites


Qualification Requirements:

  • Ages 18-30 (Up to 35 with veteran status documentation)
  • Responsibility and time management skills to handle remote supervision and remote work
  • Very strong communication skills (writing/editing)
  • Very strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to pass a federal background check
  • Valid Driver’s License


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Recommendations for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • You must be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment with attention to detail.
  • The intern must be trustworthy, dependable and willing to work with people of different perspectives.
  • Must have great organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of RS Means and/or Computer Estimating Software System (CESS)
  • Knowledge of MS Project
  • Degree majors in the following or similar are preferred:
    • *Construction Management
    • *Civil or Structural Engineering
    • Historic Preservation
    • Historic Architecture

*Indicates most desirable degree majors



  • $22.50/hr. (Full Time, 40 hours per week)
  • Health coverage available
  • Public Lands Corps hiring authority eligible
  • Travel to local National Park Service sites available
  • Networking across the National Park Service
  • Involvement in dynamic team, get experience in and have impact on a national program in the National Park Service
  • Exposure to many individuals in youth programs, historic preservation, and training world of National Park Service
  • Ample professional and individual development opportunities to be determined by intern and supervisor

How to Apply:
Please be prepared to submit a resume and cover letter as part of this application.

Gwennan Richmond
Stewards Program Coordinator



Washington, D.C.
DC United States