Executive Director Matthew Coody at the Archive Project's office; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

Learn about opportunities to get involved and support the Archive Project with your time, skills, and knowledge through volunteering and internships.

Would you like to help the Archive Project preserve preservation’s past? We are a not-for-profit organization and rely on volunteers and interns to support our important work. Below are a few ways that you can get involved. Contact us for more information.

Above: Executive Director Matthew Coody at the Archive Project's office; Courtesy of the New York Preservation Archive Project

The Archive Project is always looking for devoted volunteers to help write Preservation History Database entries, assist with oral history interviews, support our archival work, help out at our events, and assist in administrative tasks. 

Preservation History Database
We are constantly updating this educational resource and need skilled writers, editors, and knowledgeable professionals to research, write, review, and fact-check both existing and new entries. Contact us to view a list of potential topics­­—there is sure to be a significant place, person, organization, or public policy that will interest you!

Oral History Interviewers
There are many opportunities to become involved with ongoing or past oral history projects, including researching potential interviewees, drafting lists of questions, editing videos, and formatting interview materials for presentation on our website. Individuals with the necessary skills and background knowledge can also be paired with preservationists to interview them and document their stories.

Archives & Collections
Archivists and archivists-in-training are invited to help with the proper storage, handling, and inventory of the Archive Project’s small preservation-related collections. The Archive Project also regularly sends out volunteers to assess the collections of significant preservationists and small not-for-profits to ensure that their preservation papers and documents are properly conserved and made accessible to researchers. While we are not a permanent collecting institution, we maintain relationships with libraries and archives across the city, and work to ensure collections find a proper home. In certain circumstances, we are able to accept and house collections in our offices. Volunteers are essential in this process. Furthermore, the best way to help us achieve our mission is to guarantee the protection of your own preservation papers, photographs, and ephemera. Conservation of these documents ensures that the story of historic preservation in New York City can be accurately told and properly publicized. For help in documenting your preservation story or for guidance on finding a home for your papers, please contact us.

Events & Outreach
Volunteer at one of our many programs for the chance to get hands-on event planning experience while mingling with leaders in the preservation field.

Administrative Assistance & Support
We can always use help around the office, with tasks ranging from stuffing envelopes to grant writing. We are particularly in need of individuals with experience in web design and social media.

Above: Peter Samton, Session 1

The New York Preservation Archive Project’s internship program was created for students and professionals with special interests in historic preservation, oral histories, and archives.

The goal of the program is to enhance awareness of career options in these fields while providing an opportunity for immersion in a not-for-profit environment. In addition to involvement in the daily operations of the organization, interns are asked to assist in a range of ongoing projects and programs. Precise start and end dates are flexible. Past interns gained credits from participating internship programs at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, NYU, and more. Please click on the links below or contact us for more information.

We currently have the following positions open:
Research & Operations Intern

Above: Peter Samton, Session 1