Job Hunting Advice at HISTPRES

You have probably seen the revamped HISTPRES site by now. Meagan and Laura have done an excellent job putting together their new site, expanding it beyond job postings. Now the site includes resources, events, blog posts and more.

Head over there today to read a guest post, written by me, in regards to job and internship hunting and the benefits of doing so.

Thanks to Meagan and Laura for the opportunity to contribute!

P.S. The spooky looking picture that appears on the featured post section of the main page is quite appropriate for today. It is me conducting an interview at the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, IA, way back in summer 2006 when I internes with NCPE/NPS in Omaha, NE.

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

Summer 2010 Internships

One of the most common pieces of advice I’ve heard lately for internships is to record your daily activities, to document as you go. Otherwise, you will forget. Like those road trip pictures from three years ago you were going to label and never did — where was that particular “middle of nowhere” shot? — well, sort of like that, but you know what I mean.  Most of all, it’s practical. Whether you have an internship report requirement or whether you want to make sure you can identify your new skills, records are important.

Of course, a fun way to document highlights of your internship is through a blog. Share with classmates, friends, family, and fellow preservationists what your day-t0-day internship is like.  If you have an internship blog, let me know so PiP readers can read about it. Or consider guest posting your experiences like Lauren McMillan’s summer 2009 archaeology field school posts or Nicholas Bogosian’s monthly preservation trades posts. Either way, I’m sure a lot of people would love to hear about it. Think about it, ask me about it, let me know.

Readers, if you have a preservation blog that isn’t linked here, comment below — share the wealth of blogs and spread the word. The more people who read about preservation and learn what others are doing, the better!