historic preservation intern

Application deadline: February 16

Start date: Flexible

Commitment: 320 hours (40 hours/week for eight weeks)

Compensation: $2,000 stipend

Housing: One unit available for $200 a month



The Preservation Intern(s) is a full-time entry-level position responsible for fulfilling our mission by providing professional preservation expertise to support all of the organization’s programming.  The individual will learn all aspects of a preservation non-profit organization and will leave with a thorough grasp of our work. 

This position is responsible for working with homeowners and developers to successfully complete documentation for Georgia and Federal rehabilitation tax credit programs.  Additional duties include creating rehabilitation plans, conducting field work for easement reports, completing National Register district listings or updates, planning and executing educational events and assisting with general administrative tasks.  This position reports to the Preservation and Education Coordinator and works closely with staff, Board members and numerous committee members and volunteers. 

One internship-long research project will be required. This project will include one heritage tourism project and a public presentation. Potential research topics include: Mid-century commercial resources in Macon, Macon’s LGBTQ history, downtown Macon’s commercial resources, or the history of parks in Macon. Other tasks and projects can be set to meet specific program requirements upon request. 

The successful intern will be focused, well organized, efficient and thorough.  The individual will also be an excellent researcher, who is capable of effectively communicating preservation research and theory to the general public.  We are looking for a team member who brings professional skills in historic preservation, along with an interest and ability to spend time in the field (aka outside in Georgia during the summer). 


Required Qualifications:

- Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program for historic preservation, or a closely aligned field.

- Applicants must be able to write basic architectural description.

- Applicants must have some research experience.


Application instructions:

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to One reference must be a current professor. 

About Historic Macon Foundation

Historic Macon Foundation, non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s largest, most productive and most innovative local historic preservation organizations with over 500 member households in Middle Georgia and over 6,000 listed historic buildings in our stewardship. Since our founding in 1964, Historic Macon Foundation has served as the regional historical society and preservation organization of note. Our mission is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Our vision is to be the premier preservation organization in the nation.

Historic Macon saves Macon’s architectural treasures by purchasing, rehabilitating and selling structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Historic Macon educates the public about the importance of Macon’s history and architecture, runs events to help celebrate Macon’s unique assets, and operates the Sidney Lanier Cottage house museum. Our programs in economic development and neighborhood revitalization are award winners on a national scale and serve as a model for other preservation and revitalization organizations.

The organization is staffed by nine full-time employees and one part-time staff person, all of whom are vibrant, dedicated, fun and hardworking. The office atmosphere is fast-paced, multi-tasking, technology-oriented and highly collaborative. In August 2017, Historic Macon relocated its offices to a newly rehabilitated commercial building downtown. Employees are treated as professionals in their expertise; each staff person has the opportunity to lead and teach other team members and literally hundreds of volunteers who are interested in our mission. Staff members manage their own time and tasks, and a flexible work schedule is a benefit.

About Macon, Georgia

Macon is a hidden gem undergoing an exciting renaissance. Live in one of 396 loft units, eat at one of 38 restaurants and eateries, enjoy nightlife at one of 28 music venues and bars, tour one of 3 breweries – all within downtown Macon.

Enjoy annual festivals such as Bragg Jam, Macon Film Festival, Macon Beer Fest, Cherry Blossom Street Party, Jazz and Arts on Riverdale Festival, and the Pan-African Festival. Home to Little Richard, Otis Redding, and The Allman Brothers Band, Macon boasts a rich musical heritage that continues to this day with live music almost every night.

Explore the remarkable architecture ranging from Greek Revival mansions to vernacular mill housing. On top of all of these incredible activities and events, it’s extremely affordable to live here.

Macon only gets better from year to year. Now is the time to experience its exciting renaissance and play an active role in the transformation.