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

Fallingwater’s Judy Cheteyan Collections Internship

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Judy Cheteyan 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 collections 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. Preference given to those with an interest and/or experience with photo archives.

Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning June 7, 2021, and ending August 13, 2021. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 40 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 minutes by car from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).  Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay:  Fully funded by a private donation, the internship is paid on an hourly basis and includes complimentary on-site, shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, clothing, 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: March 15, 2021

Fallingwater’s 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 themselves 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.

About the Education Department: Fallingwater’s education department engages visitors from all over the world, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, in experiential, inquiry-based learning about Fallingwater. Site specific, immersive, observation-based learning is the foundation for Fallingwater’s education programs, which range from guided experiences for drop-in visitors to workshops for local students to week-long, studio-based residencies.

Job Description: The education intern will work directly with education department staff to interpret Fallingwater through guided tours and other educational programs. The intern may also assist education supervisors with on-site residency programs for high school, college and adult learners; grade 3-12 educational workshops, 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, visual art education, museum studies or a related field devoted to education. The successful candidates will possess experience in teaching, informal learning, architecture and/or museums. Experience teaching from objects in a museum setting preferred.

Position Duration: This position will be 10 consecutive weeks in duration beginning in June 2021. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), 40 hours per week. Educational programs are run seven 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 90 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: Fully funded by a private donation, the internship is paid on an hourly basis and includes complimentary 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: April 1, 2021

Fallingwater’s Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation 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 horticulturist and the director of operations. Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University Dr. George Longenecker 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:  Fully funded by a private donation, the internship is paid on an hourly basis and includes complimentary on-site, shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, clothing, 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, 2021

Fallingwater’s Fawcett Digital Multimedia Internship 

Mill Run, PA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a digital multimedia intern for summer 2021.

Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at and help promote Fallingwater, a renowned architectural site that is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This internship will enhance your skills and build experience in the field of digital communications, media arts and social media. 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, 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, supplying photos and possibly developing graphics. Assist with social media content for Fallingwater that keeps audiences informed and interested to help attract and engage new and current fans and followers.
  • Web content development: Support Fallingwater’s website presence, including taking photographs, recording video and audio and developing 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 digital communications, media arts, interactive media, social media, design or communications or a related field. Qualified candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently. Proficiency in videography and video editing, light photo editing and resizing, Microsoft Office applications and the use of a DSLR camera are required for this position. The intern will also perform other multimedia duties as assigned, such as photographing special events or preservation work at Fallingwater.

Position Duration: June 7 to August 13, 2021. 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. Occasional work outside of regular hours could be required for urgent or special projects.

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: Fully funded by a private donation, this internship is paid hourly and includes free onsite housing on the Fallingwater campus. 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: March 31, 2021

Watershed Conservation Internship (2 openings)

Indiana, PA and Ridgway, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking two summer interns for the watershed conservation program. One position is to be based in Indiana, Pa. at WPC's Watershed Conservation Program Office and another located in Elk County at WPC’s Allegheny Regional Office in Ridgway, Pa. The interns will work under the supervision of assigned watershed conservation staff.

Position Duration:  Summer of 2021; two positions are available for up to 480 total hours each. Tentative dates May 10, 2021 to August 13, 2021; dates will be determined by PHEAA program.

Locations:  1067 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701 and 159 Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853

Job Description: The interns will assist with implementing a variety of watershed restoration projects and aquatic surveys, in close coordination with watershed conservation staff.  Duties may include assisting in the areas of:

  • Water quality monitoring and assessment
  • Watershed restoration
  • Agricultural best management practices
  • Volunteer training
  • Project design, planning, and implementation
  • Biological survey work focusing on macroinvertebrates, various fish species, hellbender salamanders, and freshwater mussels

Eligibility Requirements (for Ridgway office position placement):

  • Progress toward the completion of a degree or enrolled for the upcoming fall 2021 semester in biology, watershed science, stream ecology, environmental studies or a related field
  • Be an Elk County, PA resident
  • Must meet PHEAA financial eligibility requirement
  • Be currently enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in a PHEAA-approved higher education institution in a program of study at least two years in length; high school seniors are eligible as long as they will meet this requirement for the upcoming fall 2021 semester.

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel
  • Able to travel to various worksites and willing to work some evenings, weekends, and overnight trips as needed
  • The ability to conduct field research in remote locations as part of a team is essential for this position
  • The ability to swim
  • Job requires the ability to traverse rugged terrain while carrying at least 50 pounds of sampling gear in a variety of weather conditions, and assist with strenuous physical duties, including heavy lifting and using hand/power tools to complete construction activities

Pay: $10 per hour

Application Process: To apply send resume and cover letter to kmaland@paconserve.org and list Watershed Intern in the subject line.  Applicants for the Ridgway office position must also complete a PHEAA Work Study application available online through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation Summer Jobs Program website.

Application Deadline: Open until the position is filled or by June 30, 2021

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.