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Summer Internships with
Groundwork Planning & Preservation

Groundwork Planning & Preservation offers paid internship opportunities for current graduate students and recent graduates. Full details below on the 2024 program. 

The 2024 application period is closed.

Thank you for your interest. 


Groundwork Planning & Preservation

Groundwork Planning & Preservation is a cultural resources consulting practice that provides a full range of historical and cultural resources services including: documentation, evaluation, interpretation, mitigation, historic design review, community outreach, tax credits, and more. We prepare historic resource documentation for buildings, cultural landscapes, and historic districts in support of the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and related regulations. We also assist our clients in developing sensitive design concepts for historic properties that balance project objectives with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.

Gretchen Hilyard Boyce, Founder & Principal

Groundwork's founder, Gretchen Hilyard Boyce, is a historian and preservation planner with over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. Gretchen founded Groundwork in 2021 to focus on projects that improve communities and look at historical resources holistically utilizing the cultural landscape approach. Her previous positions at the National Park Service, as a preservation planner in San Francisco, and cultural resources consultant give her a unique big picture perspective about how preservation fits within the larger development, compliance, design, and local planning fields. Learn more about Gretchen here and here.

Internship Program

This summer, Groundwork Planning & Preservation is looking for an intern to assist with research, mapping, and writing tasks for historic documentation projects. The intern will learn the ins and outs of historic research methods and best practices, focusing mostly on projects in California. This is a fully remote position, and candidates do not need to be located in California to apply, but preference will be given to candidates located in the state or who have an interest in working in California at the start of their careers. This will be a rewarding and valuable introductory work experience for those interested in the history, cultural resources, or preservation planning fields. The intern will conduct research, collect and analyze data, format photos and reports, create maps, prepare sections of draft documents for historic and cultural resource projects, and contribute to Groundwork’s blog series.

Groundwork is seeking a mature and talented intern, ideally someone who combines excellent research and writing skills with advanced organizational skills. GIS and graphics/mapping skills are valued, but not required. Candidates should be working towards or have recently completed a graduate degree in historic preservation, public history, architectural history, heritage conservation, history, or closely related field.

The 10-week summer internship runs from June 3, 2024 through August 9, 2024 (exact dates are negotiable).  This is a paid contractor position (10-20 hours per week depending on availability, $25-30/hour depending on experience). 

To apply, please click the link below and follow the directions (fill out the Google form and email your resume and cover letter to the address below). Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2024 and selections will be made in early- to mid-April. No phone calls please. If you have questions about this internship opportunity, please contact Gretchen Boyce at:


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