Assist with historical research, interviews, and content creation for a new online walking tour for the Sweet Auburn District.
Located along a mile and a half of Auburn Avenue, the Sweet Auburn National Historic Landmark District was established in 1976. The neighborhood retains cultural resources of international significance – the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Dr. King’s childhood home, and King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Beyond these resources, Sweet Auburn features elaborate late 19th-century churches and Atlanta Life Insurance Company, a classically-styled building owned by Alonzo Herndon, a formerly enslaved African American who became Atlanta’s first black millionaire.
National Trust internships are temporary 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 $3600 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be the fall or spring semester, for approximately 15 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).
- Research the history of the people, buildings and businesses associated with the Sweet Auburn District.
- Interview various residents and business owners associated with the Sweet Auburn District.
- Create content related to findings from research and interviews.
- Photo and image research and acquisition as needed
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of a Atlanta based respected preservation professional, in an educational setting at one of the nation’s most important non-profit advocacy organizations. 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:
- Historical research on Atlanta, African American, and entrpeneurial history.
- Photo and image research and acquisition
- Project management
At the end of the project the intern will have helped with research and content creation, which can be added to their professional portfolio in support of their future career pursuits.
- Strong research and interviewing skills.
- Ability to work no less than 15 hours a week.
- 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. Public contact and ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
- 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. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- 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.
- Ability work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.
- Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies in history, public history, historic preservation, or African American history is required. Knowledge of Atlanta history would be extremely helpful.