Meet the Interns- Spring 2020
Village Preservation’s team is a strong one – we’re lucky to have a group of interns who are here to gain experience in historic preservation in a non-profit environment. Internships are paid, and our interns come from all educational and life backgrounds. We work together to tailor internship experiences to fit an intern’s skills and interests. We have two new interns this year and two returning from 2020.
Not to brag, but we know that our intern team is the best and brightest; organized, detail‐oriented, energetic self‐starters who care deeply about our neighborhoods and their architecture, cultural heritage, small businesses, and vibrant communities. Interns assist our growing, dynamic, community‐oriented team of staff to take on educational, programming, advocacy, research, administrative, and fundraising projects.
Kate just started with Village Preservation in February 2020, and will be working with the programs and events team. Kate is a Brooklynite who developed a love for Greenwich Village in high school when she was regularly in the area for the first time. As an artist, musician, and writer, she recognizes the luck of growing up in New York City, where so many before her have also been inspired. Kate plans to use her creative background, writing and editing skills, and dedication to precision to help us with programming, administrative duties, and outreach.
Always in the midst of a different independent project, this past summer Kate started research on the historical newspaper coverage of neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There are many reasons why she is excited and honored to be working with Village Preservation: her passion for social justice, her love of classic jazz and rock music (with deep connections to the area), her serious interest in historical research, and most of all, her appreciation for preserving originality in this great city.
Sarah started with Village Preservation in December 2019. A recent transplant to New York City, Sarah is completing a Master’s degree in archaeology from Cornell University, where she studies archaeological education and outreach. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2016, she worked at a number of groups doing community-engaged archaeological work, including the National Park Service and the DC non-profit Archaeology in the Community. She is interested in the ways in which communities connect to their heritage through the physical past, and is thrilled to have landed at an organization that is so dedicated to its community partners and their rich histories.
Sarah’s work at Village Preservation has focused on administrative support for the Annual Spring House Tour Benefit, which features seven particularly stunning homes this year. In between committee meetings and volunteer coordination for this event, she also assists with fundraising efforts, database maintenance, and membership, as well as with blog writing and research. Sarah also helps out at community programs and loves meetings all of the members and partners who join us there.
Dylan started his internship with Village Preservation in August, 2019. He is a recent graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he concentrated in Urban Political Ecology and Development. He is interested in how cities create networks of support and resources. Dylan worked on environmental programming at NYU’s Office of Sustainability and hopes to eventually work in urban planning.
As an avid urbanist and writer, Dylan is excited to help protect historic spaces in New York. He has been welcomed to our team of blog writers – check out his most recent post here. Dylan has also been taking on administrative duties like materials preparation, writing and copy-editing, correspondence, mailings, e‐mail, marketing, filing, and, as the photo above illustrates, taking Village Preservation’s message to the streets with serious dedication. Prior to coming to Village Preservation, Dylan did some great work with our friends at the Loisaida Center, and used that knowledge helped lead our Google Arts+Culture Latinx History tour.
Cindy is a senior studying Political Science and Human Rights at Hunter College. She came to Village Preservation in September 2019 through Hunter’s Public Service Scholar Program. This two-semester course provides a curriculum that gives students an understanding of how the city organizes services and the social policies that shape it; economic, social, and political concepts that underlie the city government’s role in programs and policies and the values and beliefs that shape their development, and the underlying principals of the functioning of non-profit and public service organizations. This is our second year in partnership Hunter College, and we have been both honored and grateful to be a part of the education of these fine students.
From Queens, Cindy previously worked at the Asian American Federation (AAF) as a Policy & Research Intern, where she helped analyze and compile census data, tracking the pan-Asian American population by ethnicity and language in New York City and New York State. AAF gave her the opportunity to study policy, advocacy, community organizing, and networking, as well as providing her with an insider’s view of the inter-governmental landscape of the city. Her interests include good food and collecting art books and art supplies.
While we’re not currently hiring interns, keep an eye on our internship page. We also are always looking for volunteers to help with mailings and general office work and to assist with our events. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out our volunteer application form.