The Washington Trust is now hiring an intern to help share stories from the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area!

About this role

This paid position will develop, research, and write a series of stories that highlight diverse individuals and communities from Washington’s maritime heritage, past and present. These stories will help celebrate and share the rich stories of our state’s saltwater shorelines and will serve as a centerpiece of the new Maritime Washington website.

The selected intern will dive into a range of topics such as Tribal Canoe Journeys, immigrant cannery workers, and women on working waterfronts. With guidance and regular support from Maritime Washington staff, this intern will lead creation of these stories—conducting research through archival materials and collaborating directly with community members to craft engaging, public-facing content.

  • Pay: $18/hour
  • Hours: 344 hours total
  • Timing: Flexible timeframe between December 2022 and June 2023. We are happy to collaborate with the selected intern to determine when the 344 total hours will be completed. For example, the intern may choose to work 10-15 hours per week for the full timeframe, or may choose to concentrate all 344 hours into a three month period, working around 30 hours per week. The selected intern will be expected to check in with staff regularly (either virtually or in-person) but will otherwise have the flexibility to work on their own time.
  • Location: Office space in Seattle in available if requested, but remote work is also allowed. Some limited travel may be requested in order to interview story subjects or conduct archival research.

What you bring

First and foremost, we’re seeking an intern with an interest in better understanding and sharing diverse stories from Washington’s saltwater shores. Ideal candidates will also have experience with:

  • Research
  • Interviewing community members
  • Writing for a public audience
  • Loading content onto a website
  • Photography skills (preferred, but not required)

To apply, candidates must be enrolled in or recently graduated (within two years) from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in Washington State. Prospective interns should have an academic area of focus in a history- or humanities-based field, which can range from history and cultural studies to education and communications.

What we bring

We’re excited to work with the selected intern to help them develop their skills, experience, and connections within the field. The intern will work directly with Maritime Washington staff to refine their research, writing, and storytelling skills, as well as their understanding of our state’s heritage landscape. They’ll also have the chance to meet and collaborate with many communities, organizations, Tribes, and individuals throughout the state. Additionally, the stories created through this internship will be published on the Maritime Washington website with full acknowledgment of the intern.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a resume, three references, writing sample, and cover letter to by October 13, 2022.

Your writing sample should be something that you’ve created for another class, internship, or personal project—you don’t need to write something new! A great writing sample would be something that you created for a public audience, such as a blog post, short article, interview, profile, or book review. It can address any subject and does not need to be history or culture-related. You can include your writing sample as an attachment or as a link to a webpage.

Your cover letter should address questions such as:

  • Why are you interested in this internship?
  • What are your professional aspirations/goals for the future?
  • What experiences and skills do you bring?
  • Do you have experience creating content for a public audience?
  • What do you hope to get out of this internship?

In your cover letter or as a separate attachment, please also answer the following questions about your availability:

  • Are you required to complete an internship per your academic program?
  • Are there specific timeframes between December 2022 and June 2023 that work best for you or will not work at all?
  • Do you prefer to work remote, in-person, or in a hybrid model (blend of remote and in-person)?
  • Where will you be working from during the period of the internship, and would you be able to relocate? Please keep in mind that travel and lodging expenses are not provided.

About us

As Washington’s only statewide, nonprofit historic preservation organization, the Washington Trust is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and to promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. We work to build a statewide ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship. The Washington Trust brings a people-centered approach to preservation and commits to being inclusive, proactive, empowering, and approachable throughout our work. Learn more about the Washington Trust.

The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is a program of the Washington Trust, facilitated in partnership with the National Park Service. Spanning 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater shoreline, Maritime Washington recognizes our state’s unique and diverse maritime cultures. This heritage area builds partnerships and increases collaboration to support our coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories. Learn more about Maritime Washington.

Thank you!

This internship is generously funded by the Washington State Historical Society’s Diversity in Local History Grant Program, which offers paid internships to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at heritage organizations across the state.