Historic Preservation College Internship Program


Students need relevant work experience not typically available in the traditional academic setting. That's why the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has established an unpaid internship program to acquaint students with our mission. It allows qualified students to obtain academic credit from their institution while also gaining valuable experience.

Interns will have a hands-on opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of SHPO, such as research, administration, policy development, planning, outreach and records management. While interns may not independently perform the regular work of employees, they may shadow employees to gain experience and assist staff with assignments, conduct research and collect data as part of their educational experience, as approved by their learning institution.


To be considered for this internship, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in a four-year institution for a bachelor's degree or in a master's degree program and be in good standing;
  • have completed your sophomore year of academic courses and earned a minimum of 60 academic credits;
  • be able to work at least eight hours (in blocks no less than two hours at a time) per week for at least one academic term.

We seek applicants from academic majors related to the mission of our office. Related fields of study include, but are not limited to, students in anthropology, archaeology, architectural history, historic architecture, history, and historic preservation.

Interns are placed in September, January and during the summer of each academic year and must arrange to receive credits by consulting with their college advisor or internship director.

Since the academic requirements of participating institutions may vary, you should arrange with your college or university for specific academic requirements and credits to be awarded for participation in the program.

Selection Process

The SHPO will interview candidates, select interns and make appointments for the academic term being considered.

Our goal is a workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the students, their instructors and the SHPO. We make every effort to make a match that is satisfactory to both parties.

Current Internship Opportunities


Please complete the application to apply for one of the current internship opportunities.


The State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development provides equal opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and An Equal Opportunity Lender