University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program


Students in the Historic Preservation Program are required to complete one internship (180 hour minimum), normally undertaken in the summer between the first and second years of enrollment. This requirement is fulfilled in the Internship/Practicum 2-credit P/NP seminar taught in the winter. Following the summer internship, the students enroll in a 3-credit P/NP seminar to synthesize and document their experience.

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Listed below are some of the recent internships held by our students:

National Park Services

Mt. Rainier National Park
Position: Historic Landscape Intern
Description: Student participated in a 6-week professional practicum focused on the preservation of historic roads. A group of students produced a Cultural Landscape Inventory of one of the park's historic roads, the Stevens Canyon Highway. The work involved historical research, fieldwork to document existing conditions, analysis and evaluation of the roads extant characteristics and features, and synthesis of findings in both a written report and a verbal presentation to a professional audience.

Interns received training on the principles of cultural landscape preservation, historical research methods, fieldwork techniques, use of Global Positioning Systems, Digital Animation Data, Geographic Information Systems, and the Cultural Landscape Inventory process. Interns received professional training directly from the Internship Supervisor and the Internship Coordinator, both National Park Service historical landscape architects. The interns were also exposed to a variety of professionals concerned with the preservation of historic roads through a series of special guest speakers including an engineer with the Federal Highway Administration, a NPS historical architect, a NPS preservation planner, and a NPS stone mason.

Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, Salem, OR
Position: State Parks Historic Preservation Intern
Description: Student interned with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at
Thompson's Mills, the oldest water-powered mill in Oregon, and a newly established State Park. She helped inventory and organize the documents and archives acquired with the mill, conducted oral interviews with people about the mill's history, created a preliminary list of topics for interpretation, and set up a system for inventorying and cataloging the mill's collection of artifacts.

Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK
Position: Intern Historical Architect
Description: Student worked for the Alaska Regional Office of the National Park Service in Anchorage Alaska. The team of five students produced HABS drawings of six buildings on the campus of Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. The documented buildings included five buildings built in 1910 as part of the only formally planned campus in Alaska. The team completed field measurements in Sitka and prepared measured drawings in AutoCAD at the Anchorage office. The drawings are being submitted to the Library of Congress.

Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Salem, OR
Position: Commission on Historic Cemeteries Intern
Description: Student worked directly with Program director in the production of an educational outreach program on the preservation and restoration of pioneer cemeteries. Student work included a thorough survey of the cemetery's current condition, mapping, photographic documentation, interpretation, and the creation of a SHPO database for survey data. Internship concluded with a one-day seminar concerning proper hands-on restoration and rehabilitation techniques for historic headstones and cemetery monuments.

Alaska Regional Office, Anchorage, AK
Position: Intern Historian & Intern Historical Architect
Description: Intern historian researched and wrote Historic Structures Reports for the General Manager's Office, the Recreation Hall and the New Blackburn School at Kennecott, Alaska. Architect worked in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve documenting an aerial tramway that was part of the Kennicott Copper Mining operations between 1908 and 1936. Field notes, black and white photography, digital photography, and Garmin and Trimbel GPS systems were used in the field to document the towers and their mechanical equipment. AutoCAD was used to draw Historic American Engineering Record standard drawings.

Yosemite National Park, El Portal, CA
Position: Heritage Preservation Department Intern.
Description: Performed archival research and field documentation of historic and cultural resources associated with the Half Dome Trail. Used findings to develop preservation project guidelines for future work and interpretation of the trail. Also completed cultural landscape plan with preservation recommendations for the Yosemite Valley Historic District housing area. Hands-on masonry repair of the Pohono Bridge, guided by renowned masonry expert, Dominic DeRubis, from the Preservation Training Center, Frederick, MD.

Jekyll Island State Park Authority, Jekyll Island, GA
Position: Historic Preservation Intern
Description: The Jekyll Island Club was founded in 1886 as a winter retreat for America's wealthiest families. The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, operated by the Jekyll Island Authority, is a 240-acre site containing 33 historic structures. The site is one of the largest restoration projects in the southeastern United States. The internship program's focus was on exposing interns to the process of planning and implementing a museum-quality restoration project. Interns were trained in areas including historic preservation carpentry, building evaluation and investigation, structural documentation, interpretive planning, archival organization, emergency building stabilization, and the theory and practice of museum-quality restoration.

City of Eugene Planning Department, Eugene, OR
Position: Assistant Preservation Planner
Description: Worked under Ken Guzowski, Senior Planner and Historic Preservation Planner for the City. Processed city landmark applications, performed analysis of housing stock around the downtown core, wrote preservation newsletter article, and learned how preservation planning works on a local, day-to-day level.


Chico Heritage Association, Chico, CA
Position: Historic Preservation Intern
Description: Documented historic farmstead and prepared a National Register nomination for an 1852 farmhouse on the site. Documentation of the site was critical, as the building was scheduled to be relocated from the site to save it from being demolished. Worked extensively with the SHPO in Sacramento.

Hegeler-Carus, Foundation, LaSalle, IL
Position: Historic Preservation Intern
Description: The Hegeler Carus Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization located in LaSalle, Illinois and dedicated to preserving the cultural, philosophical, and educational legacy of the Hegeler-Carus family through the restoration of the 1874 Hegeler Carus Mansion and the 1904 Julius W. Hegeler I Home.   The internship involved the preparation of a National Register Nomination for the 10,000 square-foot Julius W. Hegeler I Home, including the necessary documentation, research, and writing, as well as coordination with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.   In addition, the internship required hands-on artifact preservation and detailed cataloging of recent museum acquisitions.

Mission Mill Museum, Salem, OR
Position: Historic Preservation Intern
Description: Developed a disaster plan for the museum, analyzing all of the natural and man-made disasters that might affect the site, which included a collection of historic buildings and many artifacts from one of the first settlements in Oregon and one of the major mills in the Oregon wool industry. This plan addressed all aspects of disaster response from evacuation of museum visitors to salvage and preservation methods for the archives, collections, and historic structures.

Private Sector

Allen Nelson, Preservation Carpenter, Albany, OR
Position: Field Assistant
Description: Interns worked on the rehabilitation of the Wigle House, a c. 1865 Classical Revival farmhouse in rural Linn County, OR. The owner wished to rehabilitate/restore the house to make it both more livable and to return certain historic features to the house that were missing or had been covered up. Students worked on the repair of the windows, doors, door hardware, siding, and floors.

Carey and Company Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Position: Intern Architect.
Description: Intern worked at this medium-sized architecture firm devoted exclusively to the preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. The firm has worked on projects such as San Francisco's City Hall, Golden Gate Park and Old Mint building. Current projects include the Palace of Fine Arts, Point Cabrillo Light and Keeper houses, Jordan Hall at Stanford University and even a project for Volcano National Park in Hawaii. This internship allowed the student the opportunity to work with preservation architects, conservators, historians, and planners on a variety of projects from measured drawings to environmental impact surveys to schematic designs for reuse.

Wiss, Janey & Elsner Architects, Seattle, WA
Position: Landscape Architect (subcontracted)
Description: Wrote a cultural landscape report for the Wolf Creek Tavern in Wolf Creek, OR. The report included fieldwork to identify and analyze the existing historic landscape features; research to determine the site development and evolution of the property; a condition assessment of the present site surrounding the inn; and recommendations for treatment of the landscape features to fit more cohesively with the 1926-1945 period of significance.