The Historic Santa Fe Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Faith and
John Gaw Meem Preservation Trades Internship. The 10-week program begins June 8, 2020 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.

The program began in 2005. Past interns have been students or alumni of institutions including
the University of New Mexico, Belmont College, Columbia University and USC. The program
was formed in response to the need for preservationists trained in the traditional crafts,
especially those skills so essential for the appropriate conservation of the Southwest’s unique
earthen architecture. The program provides an opportunity for emerging professionals to gain
hands-on experience with preserving and restoring historic earthen architecture.

Program Goals

The Preservation Trades Internship exists to provide:

  • Preservation trades training – hands-on adobe work, carpentry, window restoration,
  • Exposure to the daily workings of a local preservation organization
  • Opportunities to observe local, state and federal preservation agencies as well as other
    preservation organizations in action
  • To connect emerging professionals with others in the field
    Internship Qualifications


The program is intended for emerging preservation professionals who wish to gain experience
in preservation trades, particularly relating to earthen structures. Ideal candidates have some
introductory skills in carpentry, masonry and related trades; and own their own basic hand
tools, but these are not required. Priority is given to applicants who are currently admitted to,
enrolled in or recently graduated from a college or graduate level preservation program. Intern
must be available for ten weeks starting on or about June 8, 2020


Intern will be compensated for 40 hour weeks at the rate of $12 per hour plus housing. Intern
is responsible for food, transportation to and from Santa Fe, and within Santa Fe while in the
program, with mileage compensation for travel to and from work sites.

Position Description

View the full position description for more details.

To Apply

For more information on the intern program, and to download an application form, visit:

Complete and email the application by March 2, 2020 to or mail to:
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
545 Canyon Road
Suite 2
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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