Internships

 The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy offers short and long-term summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the Conservancy’s many departments. Interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department.

We also offer fall and spring semester internships for students currently enrolled in degree-granting programs. These internships are unpaid and require a commitment of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks. The Conservancy strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to its mission.

Current Internship Opportunities

Fawcett Digital Multimedia Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a digital multimedia intern for summer 2019.

Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, enhancing your skills and building experience in the field of public relations and digital communications. The intern will work to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Communications Department in the area of digital communications for Fallingwater’s website, social media and other electronic platforms.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Content development: Propose and develop content ideas for new videos, social media, podcasts, enewsletter stories and other projects.
  • Photography and videography: Take photography and video shoots as assigned inside and outside the house.
  • Social media planning: Support Fallingwater’s social media platforms by writing content and developing graphics. Develop a social media campaign for Fallingwater that includes strategies and objectives to attract and engage new and current audiences.
  • Web content development: Support Fallingwater’s website presence, including taking photographs, recording video and audio, writing content for website and development of graphics for website. Help to optimize website images in WordPress.

Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student with progress toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications, public relations, design, media arts, interactive media or a related field. Qualified candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Photoshop and Premiere), Microsoft Office applications and the use of a DSLR camera are required for this position.

Position Duration: Summer 2019. The intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 30-40 hours per week. There is potential to expand the responsibilities on an as-needed basis through spring 2020.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately 90 miles southeast from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of onsite housing.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free onsite housing shared with other interns. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and toiletries.

Application Process:  To apply, email cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and at least three work samples to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Digital Multimedia Internship in the subject line.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Fallingwater Collections Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Judy Cheteyan Fallingwater Collections Internship. This year we seek a full-time residency intern to work exclusively with the archives collection.

Job Description:  Working under the supervision of the Director of Preservation and Registrar, the Collections Intern will select one or more collections from the archives as a focused summer project. The selection will be based on diversity of content, and will be of a size and scope that can be successfully completed. Duties will include housing, organizing, and preparing a finding aid according to national standards for DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).

Projects Planned:

  • Continued cataloging of all Kaufmann Family correspondence and images, including digitization and PastPerfect database updates
  • Ongoing rehousing of archival materials, including architectural drawings
  • Condition reporting of a selection of collection objects

Qualifications: Recent graduate or current graduate student in Library and/or Information Science with a strong interest and relevant experience in archives with preference given to those with an interest and/or experience with photo archives.

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning June 3, 2019, and ending August 9, 2019. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. July 4 is an unpaid holiday.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).  Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay:  This is an hourly paid internship. Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Collections Intern in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference (academic or employer)
  • Essay of 500 words on how participating in our internship program fits your academic and/or career goals

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

Fallingwater Summer Landscape Internship (2 openings)

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for the McKenna Foundation summer landscape internship.

Job Description:  The landscape interns are responsible for the design and installation of a project defined by the Operations Department for the Fallingwater grounds.  The interns will work as a team to implement the approved design/build project.  Cyclical maintenance of the Fallingwater landscape will also be part of daily responsibilities.  The interns work under the direct supervision of the Horticulture Specialist and the Director of Operations.  Dr. George Longenecker, Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University, will provide guidance on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Qualifications:  Enrollment in a masters program or undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting or related fields of study.  Experience with Adobe Photoshop and CAD or other drafting software.  Applicants must have the ability to perform strenuous outdoor landscaping tasks in a variety of weather conditions.

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in early August.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run Pennsylvania and is approximately 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  Housing on site is provided and is shared, Co-Ed.  Access to a personal vehicle is recommended due to the remote location of Fallingwater.

Pay:  This internship pays an hourly wage of $10 and includes free on-site housing.  Interns are responsible to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items as PDF files to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Landscape Intern in the subject line.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (employer or professor)

Application deadline:  March 15, 2019

Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Intern

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications to fill our Fallingwater Education Department Internship. This intern will reside on-site, while immersing her/himself in the many organizational and curricular tasks required to provide successful educational programming at Fallingwater. This is a unique opportunity to work in the education department at a world-renowned museum and architectural site.

Job Description: The education intern will work directly with the public tour staff to interpret Fallingwater through guided tours and lectures.  The entrant will also assist education supervisors with on-site residency programs focused on high school, college and adult learners; grade 3-12 educational workshops, assist with grant writing as well as general department administrative tasks

In addition, the intern will complete an independent project.  All interns will be responsible for presenting their accomplishments to senior staff at the completion of the program. This individual will report directly to the Curator of Education.

Qualifications: The applicant must be a current undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate in museum education, art and visual culture education, museum studies or a related field devoted to education. The successful candidate will possess experience in teaching, informal learning environments, architecture and museums. Experience teaching from objects in a museum setting preferred.

Position Duration:  This position will be ten consecutive weeks in duration, preferably beginning in May of 2019. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. Educational programs are run 7 days per week including Memorial Day and Independence Day. You will be obligated to work some weekends and evenings although you will not be required to work in excess of forty hours per week.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance of on-site housing.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free on site shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, clothing, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, a two page writing sample and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list FW Education Intern in the subject line.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Fallingwater Preservation Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Preservation Internship. This full-time residency intern will interact with Fallingwater’s preservation and maintenance department, visiting consultants, and vendors while working in and around a historic house museum environment.

Job Description:  Interns will be exposed to a variety of tasks related to the conservation and maintenance of the historic buildings on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. Interns will split their duties between documentation and photographic archives and hands-on work such as stone repointing and concrete repair. Past intern projects have included historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs. The preservation intern may often work outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions, so proper attire is required.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a current or entering graduate student in historic preservation, historic building trades, or architectural history with experience in assessing and documenting historic structures. A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering is preferred.

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning June 3, 2019, and ending August 9, 2019. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), forty hours per week. July 4 is an unpaid holiday.

Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).  Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended, as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay:  This is an hourly paid internship. Coed, shared housing is provided at no charge. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process:  To apply, email the following items to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Preservation Intern in the subject line:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference (academic or employer)
  • Essay of 500 words on how participating in our internship program fits your academic and/or career goals

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy considers applicants and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, disability, marital status or veteran status. Read the WPC Equal Opportunity Employer Statement.