NCPTT Summer Internships: It’s more than just a job… it’s your future


Get hands-on experience and build your resume while preserving the history of your country. Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, materials science, or web and media.

Interns work in one of these program areas:

Archeology & Collections
Architecture & Engineering
Historic Landscapes
Materials Conservation
Web & Media – WordPress, video production with Final Cut X, or app development in iOS or Android

Projects vary from year to year but may include historic resource documentation, hands-on research, data collection, materials and product testing, or testing new technologies.

Internships last 10 weeks, which may be a Summer internship (typically starting in June) or another 10 week period during the year. However structured, all internships must be completed by Dec. 31. Interns are short-term employees of Northwestern State University. Compensation is based on experience, including academic experience. Depending on personal spending habits, the compensation provided is typically more than sufficient to cover living expenses during your stay in Natchitoches.

While housing isn’t provided, the NCPTT will help applicants find a place to rest their heads. Natchitoches is a college town and there are usually plenty of sublets and short-term rentals available in the summer. Foreign nationals (non-US citizens) applications are accepted. However, these individuals are responsible for obtaining their own visa. Please ensure application materials are in English.
Applicants should demonstrate skills and knowledge in preservation technology. This may include but not be limited to documentation, condition assessments, literature reviews, laboratory or field research, materials testing, hands-on preservation treatments, or other related skills. Undergraduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university or college program. Graduate applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in a discipline such as architecture, anthropology, conservation, chemistry, digital humanities, engineering, geology, geography, preservation, etc. Applications from recent graduates will also be considered.

How to Apply:

Submit letter of interest that clearly indicates which of the four program areas you’d like to apply to, along with the dates you’ll be available for work at NCPTT (if other than June 5 through August 11, 2017), Resume with three reference contacts, Current official or unofficial transcript.

Mail to:
Attn.: Tad Britt
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Or via email to

Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2017 and positions will be announced at the end of April.