The Faith and John Meem
Preservation Trades Internship
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The Historic Santa Fe Foundation currently is accepting applications for the 2016 Faith and John Gaw Meem Preservation Trades Internship. The 10-week program begins June 1, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It permits a qualified student working in architecture, planning, design, or a similar field to gain hands-on experience in the theory and practice of preservation by working with foundation board members and staff.
Summer Internship Program Goals
Term of Internship is 10 weeks
Intern will be compensated for 40 hour week at the rate of $11 per hour plus housing.
Internship Program's Response to Existing Needs
Heritage Preservation of nearly any kind depends ultimately on a team of skilled workers who have learned the ethics and approaches of preservation as well as the disciplines of their own trades. In particular, the knowledge and skills associated with the traditional building trades are at the heart of architectural conservation.
There is a growing awareness in the United States and abroad that contemporary trades education is not providing the learning opportunities needed to prepare individuals for the complex challenges that arise when conserving historic sites. Throughout the world, stakeholders in cultural heritage preservation are working to strengthen existing educational programs and create new models for training the next generation of craftspeople. In countries such as Japan, Germany, and France, customary education practices have been adapted in order to sustain and transfer knowledge of traditional building crafts and to meet current restoration and construction needs. A limited number of schools in the United States now offer traditional building trades training coupled with historic preservation courses.
However, few if any schools in America offer actual hands-on experience in conserving historic earthen architecture. It is this type of historic and prehistoric architecture that gives the southwest its unique regional flavor. Without crafters skilled in working with these materials, property owners are at a loss when seeking human resources to preserve and maintain our unique architectural heritage.
The HSFF summer internship program is conceived as a way of responding to the urgent needs for preservationists trained in the traditional crafts, especially those skills so essential for the appropriate conservation of the Southwest's unique vernacular architecture. These essential skills must be acquired over time, on actual sites, and under the mentorship of experienced craftsmen. The program provides a unique opportunity for preservation students to gain experience in the conservation of earthen architecture without sacrificing the opportunity for summer employment that is so essential for meeting educational expenses during the academic year.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and completed questionnaire (PDF download) to:
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2016.
Rarely does reality live up to expectations, yet my experiences this summer as an intern with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation exceeded all expectations. The Faith and John Gaw Meem Preservation Trades Internship appealed to me on many fronts: my focus on historic preservation in graduate school; Santa Fe’s location as the center of preservation activity in New Mexico; the reputation of the Foundation both as an entity and individual board members being major influences in the preservation community; and the chance to dig into some old buildings and get hands-on experience.
2005 Faith and John Meem Preservation Trades Intern
Martin Davenport 2005
Will Powell 2006
Ian Daitz 2007
Maria Patricia Rojas 2008
Josh Conrad 2009
Holly Strachan 2010
Peter K. Harper 2011
Keri L Stevenson 2012
Brittany W. Walker 2013
Rita Y. Cofield 2014
Mailing Address 545 Canyon Road Suite 2, Santa Fe NM 87501, 505-983-2567 Email