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NCPTT seeks qualified candidates for an internship in petrography. The intern will be responsible for creating petrographic descriptions of building stones. Candidates should be fully capable of preparing petrographic descriptions from hand samples and thin sections without supervision. Demonstrated competency in the application of light microscopy techniques to geologic samples required. Candidates should be comfortable and capable of operating light machinery (wet saws) without supervision. Additional duties include procuring samples from quarries, documenting samples, and preparing specimens for thin sectioning (thin sections prepared at a commercial lab).

This internship will provide an opportunity to contribute to the, a catalog of North American building and decorative stones. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about the application of petrographic analysis to the conservation of historic buildings and monuments.

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.

Who’s eligible?

Applicants should demonstrate skills and knowledge in petrographic analysis. Undergraduate and graduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college program in geology, mineralogy, or a related field. Graduate applicants preferred. 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 submit the following:

  1. Letter of interest 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:
Ed FitzGerald
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
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 attachments.
  • Ensure that all attached files can be opened in common software packages such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader.
  • You do not need to submit reference letters. We will contact the references you provide if we select your application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 26, 2015. 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.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119