Internship Searching?

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The 1848 Greek Revival Congregational Church in Charlotte, VT on a snowy January afternoon. Fun fact: The steeple is topped with a pineapple finial. 

It’s that time of year: internship and/or job searching for many students or for those looking for a change. While you probably have excellent Googling skills, I thought it might helpful to have a list of sites to check frequently for postings. Some you might know, some might be new. If you have others, please share.

Internships are the best. I’ve waxed poetic about the benefits of internships previously, so I won’t go on and on. Instead, in summary: Internships.

  • Low paying? Yes. You can do it for a short time. Get roommates.
  • Short Term? Perfect. If you don’t like, not the end of the world.
  • Experience? Tons. You’re the intern. You can soak up all the information you need. And then take another internship!

Good luck searching. If you want to talk internships or job searching or grad school, send me an email or leave a comment. Have fun!

Also, Happy Groundhog Day. Winter, what winter (in Vermont)?

Graduate School Semester Three

Wow, semester three has come and gone for me. It happened so fast, yet the process felt so long, like usual.  My classes in review:

HP204: Historic Preservation: Development Economics

St. Albans House, 60 Lake Street, St. Albans VT

Development Economics was a class about preservation rehab project planning and implementation with funding, tax credits, design ideas — touching on all aspects. The semester long group project allowed us to create a reuse plan for the building and conduct a feasibility study (including marketing analysis, code review, conditions assessment), draw floor plans, develop construction estimates and figures, find funding sources, and put everything together in a professional project proposal and presentation. My group chose the St. Albans House, a former railroad hotel and an important, but neglected landmark in the City of St. Albans. It has most recently been used as a bar and apartments. This is also a “real” project for the Preservation Trust of Vermont, who has purchased a year option on the property. It was a hard project (particularly those estimates), but since we liked the St. Albans House so much, it was doable.

HP302: Community Preservation Project

The Base Box at Mad River Glen Ski Area. The single chair lift is on the right.

The community preservation class continues History on the Land in the sense of the landscape history. We discussed the process of steel making, industrial landscapes, trails, historic bridges, and other topics. The project purpose was to give us the opportunity to work with a community organization and to become advocates for historic preservation while completing our project. My group worked on a National Register nomination for Mad River Glen Ski Area. Ski areas have not been nominated in the past, so we were working with a large “new” for the NR and figuring out how to adapt it to the NPS forms. Trails, buildings, ski machinery, landscape features, maps, boundaries, photographs … it was a giant project, but a great learning experience.

HP307: Architectural Conservation II

Addison Town Hall on VT Route 22A, Addison, VT

I’ve talked about my architectural conservation class more than once on here, so you know that the semester long project was a series of conservation assessments: windows & doors, exterior, and interior. I loved this building, so it made the long reports (and the formatting) enjoyable. I was really glad to have the opportunity to study one building and spend time in it and to love it.

HP303: Internship

 

A bridge construction scene from Chimney Point, July 2010.

My internship was really over the summer, but the credit counts during fall semester because it requires a professional report and presentation. I spent my summer with the Vermont Agency of Transportation as the Historic Preservation Monitor for the Lake Champlain Bridge Replacement Project, as stipulated by the Programmatic Agreement. In addition I conducted regulatory review for VTrans (think Section 106 and Section 4f). I loved it and have continued the job since.

UVM HP Class of 2011 internship presentations.

 

And of course, we had our comprehensive exam, a 4 hour, 4 essay question test that you need to pass to graduate. It included topics from all three semesters. It was a bit intimidating, but we all survived.

So that’s a wrap. For me, this semester was the most hectic as I balanced work and a full course load. I’m relieved to have survived successfully. And now it’s back to the working world!

2010 Reflections & 2011 Resolutions, Preservation Style

Happy New Year and welcome back to your routine, whether it be school, work, or other. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and successful 2011! Were your Christmas wishes granted? What was your greatest success in 2010? What are your wishes for 2011?

Looking back at 2010, my time was mostly occupied with school papers and projects, aside from my summer internship and then job with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (think Lake Champlain Bridge, Section 106, and Section 4f). While all were worthwhile endeavors, it left little time for anything else. It’s hard to stay up-to-date on the news and events beyond the bubble of grad school, don’t you think?

In the New Year’s post from 2010, I wrote that I wanted to become more familiar with the National Parks. I cannot say that it was entirely successful, mostly due to school reading assignments, but my yearning for traveling to all of the National Parks certainly has not waned. And those other reading assignments (thanks Tom & Bob) provided an immense amount of knowledge. Once again, my favorite class and new knowledge base comes from Bob McCullough’s “History on the Land” class.  Resolutions aren’t always easy to keep; and perhaps my goal was replaced by others. Still, I hope to learn more about the National Parks. I think the best way would be to travel to them: ROAD TRIP!

Some of best lessons from 2010 that I’ve learned are about how often historic preservation crosses paths with other fields and professionals, no matter how opposite they may seem. This is something I’ve always considered, but hadn’t had the opportunity to see and to experience so clearly. No matter how the field reaches, there is still a need for a convincing explanation as to why preservation matters and what it does. It’s a challenge I welcome.

Now that I’m finished with school (hooray!) there is more time for catching up and giving this blog the attention that it deserves and has been missing. If you have suggestions of any sort, I’d love to hear them. I’m also hoping to resume the newsletter; are you interested in contributing? I’ll be posting more frequently for certain.  The past year was a very successful year for Preservation in Pink, with the greatest number of visitors and site visits per day. The site has reached 120,000+ visits and I thank you for reading. I hope you’ll continue to visit and I encourage you to join in the preservation conservation.

What else for 2011? I have a list of projects, not all preservation related (e.g. those wedding related projects!), that I’m excited to begin. But in terms of historic preservation,my goals relate to keeping pace with the preservation news, economy, and job market (I’m sure everyone is doing the same), to see where it takes me, and to give thought as to how our field is changing and how the young professionals merge with the more experienced. I have a list of books to read, as well. So there is my sort of vague list for 2011. I think I’ll let the year guide me. What about you? What are your goals and wishes?

Here is a good quote for you, (found via Historic Shed):

“When you strip away the rhetoric, preservation is simply having the good sense to hold on to things that are well designed, that link us with our past in a meaningful way, and that have plenty of good use left in them.” – Richard Moe, former President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

And another one, good for deep thoughts, (found via NCSHPO):

“The past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternatives ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding…” -Drew Bettina

Welcoming 2011 with open arms!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best.

Preservation Photos #62

The pin we receive (with the University seal) from the UVM Historic Preservation Program upon completing our degree requirements.

Weekend Homework

One day soon I will not have anymore weekend homework, but right now I have two more weekends full until this semester (i.e. my grad school career) ends. And this weekend I’m back to the Addison Town Hall, one of my favorite buildings. This time I’m working on an interior conditions assessment (which follow a windows conditions assessment and an exterior conditions assessment). Take a look at these photos:

 

The second floor and the stage.

On the stage.

View from the stage.

 

These are only on the second floor because it’s the more historic of the floors… and it has the amazing historic feeling to it. Can you imagine putting on a play for your class on that stage? Look at those little desks. I love the benches, too, likely used for town hall meetings and grange hall meetings. While I chose a cold, but sunny day to conduct my documentation, it was colder inside the building than outside! (This, of course, I expected since the building hasn’t been heated in decades.) Still, any chance to spend time in the Addison Town Hall is a treat.

That’s my homework this weekend. What about you?

Preservation Photos #59

Check out the crazy stacked wall framing (anyone know a better term?) -- seen during a field trip to a redevelopment project site in West Rutland, VT.

Preservation Photos #56

A beautiful October view over the pond to the meeting house at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. What a great place for class field trips, even as a graduate student.

The Kitten Who Liked Measured Drawings

Previous Izzy appearances seen here, here, here, and here.

As already discussed, Izzy is no longer small enough to share my desk with me. This is what happens when I need the entire space for drawing and she decides to stage a coup d’etat. Thanks, Izzy. (If you’ve ever wondered, we think Izzy is part Angora.)

First, Izzy surveys the desk area.

Next, she gets a bit closer to my work.

She plays cute so I don't mind that she's all over my papers.

She likes to touch the pencils.

 

Pencil, notes, architect's scale...check.

 

And stretchhhh during all of this work.

Wondering what is taking so long...

Oh so tired.

And naptime.

 

UVM Historic Preservation Internship Presentations

You are cordially invited to the 2010 University of Vermont Historic Preservation Internship Presentations that will be held on Wednesday, October 20, from noon to 4PM in the Chittenden Room (room 413) on the top floor of the Dudley Davis Center on Main Street on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, VT.

Presentations are scheduled as follows:

  • 12:00-12:15 Meghan O. BezioPhiladelphia Historical Commission, Philadelphia, PA
  • 12:15-12:30 Kate A. DellasRice Design Alliance, Houston, TX and Nantucket Preservation Trust, Nantucket, MA
  • 12:30-12:45 Emily A. Morgan, Planning and Zoning Department, City of South Burlington, VT
  • 12:45-1:00 Brennan C. Gauthier, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Concord, NH
  • 1:15-1:30 Kristen M. GillottQueen City Soil & Stone, Burlington, VT
  • 1:30-1:45 Lucas F. HarmonCentral Park Conservancy, New York, NY
  • 1:45-2:00 Adam D. KrakowskiPreservation Unlimited, Montpelier, VT and Meeting House Furniture Restoration, Quechee, VT
  • 2:00-2:15 REFRESHMENT BREAK
  • 2:15-2:30 Kathleen M. MillerCultural Landscape Inventory Program, Intermountain Regional Office, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2:30-2:45 Scott C. DerkaczCitywide Monuments Conservation Program, Parks and Recreation Department, New York City, NY
  • 2:45-3:00 Kaitlin J. O’SheaVermont Agency of Transportation Environmental Division, Montpelier, VT
  • 3:00-3:15 Jennifer H. Parsons, Woodstock Trails Partnership, Woodstock, VT and photovoltaic installation reviews under supervision of Liz Pritchett Associates, Montpelier, VT
  • 3:15-3:30 Sebastian Renfield, Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos, New Mexico
  • 3:30-3:45 Mary Layne Tharp, Historic Windsor, Windsor, VT
  • 3:45-4:00 Paul J. WackrowHistory Program, National Park Service, Boston, MA
The public is welcome to attend some or all of these graduate student presentations.

If you’re in the Burlington, VT area and would like to learn more about the program and the students, please come join us! If you have any questions, please contact:

Prof. Thomas Visser, director
Historic Preservation Program
207 Wheeler House
University of Vermont
133 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405
thomas.visser@uvm.edu

Grad School Weekend Work

Yes, semester three is stealing all of my time. This weekend is focused on a windows conservation assessment report of the Addison Town Hall in Addison, VT.

I adore this building.

As you can see, there are many issues to address.

I also adore measured drawings, even with my lack of a drafting table.

Preservation in Pink will return when this assignment is complete. Thanks for reading!