It’s more than just a job… it’s your future. Get hands-on experience and build your resume while preserving the history of your country.

Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, and materials science.

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Materials Conservation intern Sarah Hunter documents samples in one of NCPTT’s laboratories.

What do interns do?

Interns work in one of our four program areas:

Projects vary from year to year but may include historic resource documentation, hands-on research, data collection, materials and product testing, or testing new technologies.

Check out what past interns have worked on at NCPTT >>

Listen to interns talk about their work >>

Special Internship for 2015: This summer, we will be offering a special internship opportunity in petrographic analysis of building stones for students or young professionals with a background in geology, mineralogy, or other related field.

How long are the internships?

Our summer internships last ten weeks. Positions will begin on or about June 1, 2015 and end August 7, 2015.

Will I get paid?

Yes! Our interns are short-term employees of Northwestern State University. Compensation is based on experience, including academic experience. Depending on your personal spending habits, the compensation provided is typically more than sufficient to cover living expenses during your stay in Natchitoches.

Is housing provided?

Sorry, but no. While we don’t provide housing, we will help you find a place to rest your head. Natchitoches is a college town and there are usually plenty of sublets and short-term rentals available in the summer.


Historic Landscapes intern Paul Cady stops to smell the flowers during an excursion to Melrose Plantation.

Who’s eligible?

Applicants should demonstrate skills and knowledge in preservation technology. This may include but not be limited to documentation, condition assessments, literature reviews, laboratory or field research, materials testing, hands-on preservation treatments, or other related skills. Undergraduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college program. Graduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in a discipline such as architecture, anthropology, conservation, chemistry, engineering, geology, geography, preservation, etc. Applications from recent graduates will also be considered.

Foreign Nationals

We do accept applications from foreign nationals (non-US citizens). However, these individuals are responsible for obtaining their own visa. Please ensure that your application materials are in English.

How to Apply

Please read and follow the notes below before you submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest that clearly indicates which of our four program areas (see above) you would like to apply to, along with the dates you will be available for work at NCPTT (if other than June 1 through August 7, 2015),
  2. Resume with three reference contacts,
  3. Current official or unofficial transcript.

Mail to:
Attn.: Ed FitzGerald
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Or via email to

  • If submitting your application via email, please keep the size and number of file attachments to a minimum (i.e. combine documents or PDFs into one file).
  • Include the letter of interest in your file attachment, not in the body of your email.
  • Please do not submit a hyperlink to your transcript. Include the transcript in your email attachment.
  • Ensure that all attached files can be opened in common software packages such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader.
  • Please do not submit design portfolios as these will be ignored.
  • You do not need to submit reference letters. We will contact the references you provide if we select your application for further review.
  • You may apply for consideration in multiple program areas, but please be explicit about which programs you are interested in.

Applications will be accepted through March 2, 2015 and positions will be announced at the beginning of April.

The National Park Service and Northwestern State University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.