Fall 2019 Internship Opportunities
Duration: 10 Weeks
The Preservation Department of Stratford Hall is seeking a qualified intern to participate in its Preservation Internship program. The intern will assist in the day to day operations of the Preservation Department and will report to the Director of Preservation. Specifically, the internship will focus on the conditions assessment of Stratford Hall’s historic structures. This will include assessing the exterior and interior of all 15 historic structures at Stratford Hall. The intern will then compile the information into a useful report. This report will then be used by the Preservation Department to develop a Preservation Plan and to plan cyclical maintenance.
Time permitting the participant may also participate in the following activities:
- Updating Stratford Hall’s Historic Structure Report (HSR). Since Stratford Hall’s HSR was completed in 2010 extensive room investigations have occurred and needs to be incorporated into the HSR.
- Perform hands-on preservation/restoration work on the historic structures. Most of this work will involve exterior painting. This will require the proper prep work for the painting and usually leads to wood repair work. Window glazing is another possible task that could be completed.
- Other hands-on opportunities may arise during the internship as well.
- Be involved in the day to day operations of Stratford Hall’s Preservation and Maintenance Departments.
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
- Knowledge of 18th Century building materials and techniques.
- Desire to work professionally in a museum setting.
- Ability to work independently.
- Working towards or recently completed a degree in the Historic Preservation Field.
- Knowledge of common architectural terminology.
- Hands-on historical restoration/preservation training and/or experience.
Compensation and Amenities:
A stipend of $1000 dollars for the 10 weeks will be paid. Along with the stipend, free on-site housing with kitchen and laundry facilities will be provided. The grounds of Stratford Hall and surrounding areas provide many outdoor activities that can be utilized during the internship.
About Stratford Hall:
Stratford Hall is located in Westmoreland County, Virginia on the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia. Westmoreland County is a 45 minute drive from Fredericksburg, two hours from Washington DC and 90 minutes from Richmond. Stratford is set on 1,900 acres with 2.5 miles of Potomac River waterfront.
The National Historic Landmark Stratford Hall Great House and related buildings were constructed in 1738 and are among a handful of exceptionally intact survivals from colonial Virginia. In addition to the Great House, Stratford also features an operating reconstructed 18th century gristmill and extensive gardens. Stratford was the home of the Lee family, which includes two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of “Light Horse” Harry Lee and birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
The landscape is primarily hardwood forests and pastures but also includes two gardens and extensive maintained grounds. Stratford also has two guest houses and over 30 rustic cabins that were built to house Stratford’s board members during the twice annual meetings.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a personal letter of no more than 500 words, stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at Stratford Hall including their goals for the internship and dates available for work. A resume and list of two references should also be included.
Applications should be received by August 31st and mailed to:
Director of Preservation & Maintenance
483 Great House Road
Stratford, VA 22558
Or emailed with Preservation Field School Intern in the subject line to:
All questions can be directed to Phil Mark, Director of Preservation, at (804) 493-1975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.