On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom/studio environment.
These documents address many of the frequently asked questions posed by students. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information in future iterations of this document. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.
For advising, students in the Historic Preservation program should contact the program director:
Welcome to the MAPP Career Services page. We offer services to both employers and students.
For employers, we offer the following services:
- A forum to post job opportunities for MAPP students or alumni
- On campus Interviews
- MAPP annual career fair
For more information see the section below for employers or contact Kristen Tepper.
If you are a student, we offer the following services:
- Professional Career development services, including workshops and resume assistance
- Career opportunities
- Upcoming career events
For more information on these services, see the appropriate section below.
Employers: Job Postings
Posting a new employment opportunity for students or alumni:
We are happy to post your job opportunties on our website. Please use the attached guideline sheet and forward job descriptions to Kristen Tepper. Listings will remain on our website for 90 days unless otherwise noted.
Employers: On-Campus Interviews
We now offer firm-specific, on campus interviews for employers. If you are interested in learning more about this option, or would like to schedule a date to meet with students, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Employers: MAPP Career Fair
MAPP's annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the Great Space.
Students and Alumni: Job Postings
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Company: State of Arizona
Job Description: State Historic Preservation Officer
We are looking for someone who can: Oversee, guide and direct the operations of all the State Historic Preservation Office and its programs. Continually review and improve the processes of the State Historic Preservation Office. Understand the customer needs and identify problems. Demonstrate leadership and excellent customer service. Produce results
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must have considerable knowledge of:
- Lean management principles or process improvement
- Strategic planning
- Best practices in administering preservation programs
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards of Historic Preservation Programs
Must have skills in:
- Interpersonal Communication skills and building partners
- Identifying customer needs
- Identifying problems and solutions
- Strategic planning
Must have the ability to:
- To collaborate and build relationships with partners including federal, state, local and community organizations
- Analyze situations and problems and make sound judgments, taking appropriate action
- Research, analyze and incorporate into the organization accepted industry best practices
- Prioritize tasks and delegate as required
- Mentor staff and develop staff
- Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
- Mediate various issues with agency staff, agency support organizations, other agencies and organizations
- Travel statewide
- Ability to obtain and maintain Arizona Driver License.
The Preferred Candidate will have:
- Graduate or Undergraduate Courses in American History, Arizona History, Architectural History, American Archaeology, American Anthropology, Historic Preservation Program Administration, Historic Preservation Philosophy, Historic Preservation Methods, Historic Preservation Law, Planning, etc.
- Minimum standard for filling the position is a Bachelor of Architecture Degree or a Masters Degree in History, Archaeology/Anthropology or Historic Preservation; and experience in the field of historic preservation. Must have an additional five years of historic preservation experience in lieu of a graduate degree.
- Experience with lean management, process improvement or demonstrated ability to ensure goals are met, identify and eliminate process issues and roadblocks.
- Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner.
- Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
The State of Arizona offers an outstanding comprehensive benefits package including:
- Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
- Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
- Accrued vacation pay and sick days
- 10 paid holidays per year
- Deferred compensation plan
- Wellness plans
For more information or to apply, please click here.
Location: Rockville, MD
Company: Montgomery County Historical Society
Job Description: Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies Fellowship
The Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies of the Montgomery County Historical Society seeks a qualified candidate for a 3-month paid fellowship from June 2016 - August 2016 to develop a chronology of suburban growth, development and life in Montgomery County, MD during the 1960’s. The chronology will contribute to the Historical Society’s ability to communicate the evolution of Montgomery County, MD as a suburban county.
The purpose of the chronology is to identify the multiple forces (including cultural forces) that propelled suburban growth, development, and change in Montgomery County, MD during this important decade. These multiple forces include but are not limited to: in-migration of new residents, mass transit (subway & buses), road expansion, commercial development, residential subdivision development, public utilities (water, sewers, gas, electric), schools, police, fire & health services, religious institutions, parks & recreation, open space preservation, cultural influences, planning policies and government decision making.
- Identify, document, review and analyze materials that discuss the policies, projects, actions, events, and people that contributed to the suburbanization of Montgomery County in the 1960’s.
- Utilize the MCHS online Guide to Primary & Secondary Sources on the Suburbanization of Montgomery County, MD and other sources to identify the organizations, agencies, municipalities and communities where the most important materials are located that address the suburbanization of Montgomery County in the 1960’s.
- Prepare a draft chronology of the suburbanization of Montgomery County in the 1960’s.
- Knowledgeable in current historical research techniques, including library and archive practices.
- Enrollment in Master’s degree program in library science, history, planning, museum studies, American Studies or some other appropriate discipline.
- Familiarity with using databases and computer software for research projects.
COMPENSATION: $3,000 (Up to 200 hours work at $15.00 per hour)
TO APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to: Bob Bachman at firstname.lastname@example.org . Type “Application for 1960’s Suburbanization Chronology Fellowship” in the subject line.
No phone calls, please. All applicants will be notified their application was received. Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone and in-person interviews.
ABOUT THE MCHS MARY KAY HARPER CENTER FOR SUBURBAN STUDIES
The Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies of the Montgomery County Historical Society was established in 2009 to preserve and interpret Montgomery County’s suburban history. The Center has developed an online Guide to Primary & Secondary Sources on the Suburbanization of Montgomery County, MD at: http://montgomeryhistory.org/css-finding-aids/ .
Location: Rockville, MD
Company: Montgomery County Historical Society
Job Description: Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies Fellowship
The Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies of the Montgomery County Historical Society seeks qualified candidates for a 4-month Fellowship beginning in May or June 2016. The internship project is to develop a database that uses Past Perfect Online software to access and search materials in the Jane C. Sween library that relate to suburban development and suburban life in Montgomery County, MD.
This database will help increase awareness of, and accessibility to, the Montgomery History primary and secondary materials in the Jane C. Sween Research Library and will increase the use of database technology to document and preserve the historical resources in the Jane C. Sween library.
This Fellowship project will be managed by the Chair of the Mary Kay Center for Suburban Studies (MKH-CSS) Steering Committee. The intern will work under the supervision of the Chair and the Montgomery History Librarian & Archivist. He/she will interact/coordinate with other Montgomery County Historical Society staff.
- Identify the materials in the Jane C. Sween Library that relate to suburban development and suburban life in Montgomery County.
- Document these materials with descriptions that contain similar, searchable categories and sub-categories.
- Use Past Perfect Online software to develop a searchable database to the materials in the Jane C. Sween Library that relate to suburban development and suburban life in Montgomery County.
- Test, debug, and implement this computerized, searchable database.
- Prepare a User’s Guide to this computerized, searchable Suburban Studies database that instructs MCHS staff and volunteers in maintaining, updating, and expanding the database.
- Experience with digitization of primary source materials.
- Knowledgeable in current library and archive practices.
- Enrollment in Information/Library Science or equivalent degree program.
- B.A. in history or museum studies is a plus, but not mandatory.
- Familiarity with Past Perfect Online required.
Compensation: Up to $4,000 (Up to 300 hours work at $15.00 per hour)
To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and two references to: MKH-CSS Committee Chair Bob Bachman, at email@example.com . Type “Application for Suburban Studies Database Fellowship”in the subject line. No phone calls, please. All applicants will be notified their application was received. Selected applicants will be contacted for telephone and/or in-person interviews.
Location: Upper Marlboro, MD
Company: Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Job Description: Collegiate Internship Program
Sponsored by Prince George's County Planning Board, the COLLEGIATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM is designed to provide job training in planning and urban development to qualified college students who anticipate careers in these areas. Interns will be assigned to work with Planning Department staff at The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Prince George's County. Internships will be available for the summer. Interns will work full-time (40 hours per week) and will be compensated.
The Prince George's County Planning Department has a wide variety of opportunities that will provide students with a realistic work experience. Selected students will have the opportunity to work with experienced individuals in their respective disciplines. The Prince George's County Planning Department will be seeking students pursuing degrees or disciplines in the following areas:
Regional and Community Planning
Geography/Geographic Information Systems
Student Eligibility: Students must currently be enrolled in a program at a college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must have at least a 2.5 g.p.a. (On a 4.0 scale) Students must have at least a junior level standing.
Additional Selection Criteria:
- Strong writing skills
- Effective interpersonal skills
- Familiarity and/or experience with computers
- Work or volunteer experience that might be applicable
- References from past supervisors and/or professors
- Self-motivation; ability to work well with minimal supervision.
Summer internships will run May 31 through August 19, 2016.
Applications for summer 2016 internship positions will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Application Instructions and Brochure:
- Students must submit an M-NCPPC employment application to be considered for employment
- Students must submit a college transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable
- Students must submit a personal statement indicating goals and aspirations that may be enhanced by participation in the program. Personal statements must be at least one page long.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For applications and more information on the program, contact Robert E. Clarke, III, Internship Coordinator, at 301-952-4504, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pgplanning.org/internships.
Location: Lanham, MD and Baltimore, MD
Company: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Job Description: Summer Internship
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is currently recruiting Student Technical Assistant to hire college students for several temporary summer internship positions at the Department. This great opportunity is for graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in college who are passionate about our mission and committed to the work at Department to make a difference. This internship will provide a meaningful experience to students by assigning special projects and hands-on-experience in a work environment.
We currently have opportunities in the areas of:
- Community Outreach
- Public Policy/Public Administration
In the supplemental questionnaire section of the application, please indicate the positions that would interest you based on your field of study and future career goals.
In order to be eligible for this opportunity, students must have completed freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in an undergraduate program and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Students must have at least 30 undergraduate semester credits to be considered.
Appropriate College Majors: Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Management, Economics, Journalism, Mass Communications, Advertising, Marketing, Liberal Arts, or another related field. The representatives that attended our Career Fair were very impressed by our students and strongly encourage them to apply.
Transcripts are required to verify education and must be uploaded and attached to the online application for consideration.
Click here to apply.
Students: Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities- Historic Preservation
Below is a sample of possible career paths for students pursuing a degree or certificate in Historic Preservation:
Local, State, and Federal Agencies
Careers at the local level include positions in city and county preservation, planning, tourism, natural resources, and economic development offices. At the state level, jobs include those within the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Maryland Historical Trust, and agencies like the highway or transportation, economic development, tourism, natural resources, and planning. Many of these positions are focused on preservation planning and the management of cultural resource projects under both state and Federal laws (such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act). As all Federal agencies are required to have a preservation officers, jobs within the Federal government range from the National Park Service to agencies that manage large tracts of land and resources, such as the Department of Defense (military bases), Bureau of Land Management, and the General Services Administration (Federal office buildings), to the many smaller Federal agencies. These jobs demand familiarity with federal, state, and local laws and guidelines related to preservation of cultural resources as well as a wide and flexible range of skills across the discipline. Preservation offices tend to be small, requiring the staff to be flexible and prepared to wear many hats.
Cultural Resource Management Firms
These positions tend to be focused on either management or fieldwork activities, and engage in identifying and preserving both architectural and archaeological resources. The types of projects tend to be those that are required under various laws (like Section 106 referenced above). For example, a project might include the survey and assessment of architectural and/or archaeological sites within the right-of-way of a planned highway. This type of project might actually be overseen by a preservation professional within the transportation department and later reviewed by a preservation staff member at the SHPO office. These jobs vary from fieldwork and documentation to report writing and presentation. There is a wide range of cultural resource management firms, starting with small single or several person organizations and expanding to large, multi-national firms that provide these services as a part of their overall practice in architecture, planning, and engineering (examples include Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., The Louis Berger Group, and John Milner Associates). In addition, there are many university-based CRM units, such as the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research and the Office of Contract Archaeology at the University of New Mexico.
These positions tend to be related to advocacy and land or resource management non-profits such as city or statewide preservation organizations (Preservation Maryland) or resource focused groups like the Civil War Trust or the Piedmont Environmental Council. Perhaps the best known of these non-profit organizations is the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jobs in this arena include management, lobbying, granting and preservation services, property management, policy and legal research and support, and preservation education to name a few. There are also land trust organizations that own and manage historic resources, either directly or via easements (for example, the Nature Conservancy and the Archaeological Conservancy). Skills in land management, planning, and cultural landscape analysis and preservation are sought by employers.
Architectural and Planning Firms
Many architectural firms now specialize in the restoration, renovation, or adaptive use of historic structures (for example, Quinn Evans Architects in Washington or Design Collective in Baltimore). As the movement toward a more sustainable built environment grows, more and more of this type of work is being planned and executed. While these firms often look for individuals with architecture and preservation degrees, many firms are now hiring preservation specialists with MHP degrees to help them navigate the myriad regulatory and legal challenges of this work. For example, the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program is big business and these projects can run into the tens of millions of dollars; thus, firms and investors want to expedite these projects by hiring preservation professionals who can guide them through the bureaucracy.
Museum and Historic Sites
Many property holding museum organizations employ preservation professionals in jobs related to site management and preservation. Organizations from Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Historic New England, to the many small historic house museums across the country have needs for preservation professionals to perform research, plan and manage preservation projects on their properties, as well as for executive director or curator positions at smaller sites.
Don’t know where to start on your resume? University of Maryland’s Career services has information on writing resumes, cover letters, and preparing for interviews. Click here for more information.
For more personalized help, contact Kristen Tepper for an appointment for a resume review.
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Students in the HISP program have several funding and financial support options available to them including graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships, and grant/contract hourly positions.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a number of graduate and teaching assistantships each semester. Appointments are considered on the basis of academic and professional qualifications.
Appointments typically carry a stipend of approximately $3,700 and five (5) credits of tuition remission; however, some positions provide a higher stipend and more credits of tuition remission. Graduate and teaching assistants (GAs and TAs) are charged the in-state rate for tuition credits not covered by tuition remission. Assistantships also include participation in the employees’ health benefits program. The assistantship, does not, however, cover the cost of mandatory fees. Additional policies and other information about assistantships can be found in the The Graduate Catalog.
GAs and TAs are required to sign a contract and work 10 hours per week (or more depending on the position) for the contract period. This includes hours during the GA/TA workweek prior to the start of each semester to make up for hours during the break.
For more information about assistantships, please contact the program director:
Fellowships and Scholarships
This list of funding opportunities is for information only, and it is not exhaustive. Other opportunities not listed here may also be available. Students interested in applying for funding opportunities should contact the program director.
The Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship
This fellowship is an annual competitive award for a historic preservation student who undertakes a study related to Prince George's County. The award provides a stipend of approximately $1,200 and tuition remission of 1-3 credits. Students wishing to compete for the PGH Fellowship should contact the HISP director.
David Fogle Travel Fellowship
The Fogle Travel Fellowship is an annual award supporting summer travel abroad for a HISP student.
Preservation Conferences Travel Grant
The program provides HISP students small travel grants to attend national and regional preservation conferences. These opportunities are announced throughout the year and application is made through the Director.
Grant/Contract Hourly Positions
The HISP program regularly works on grant/contract funded projects for agencies such as the National Park Service. These projects provide students with direct fieldwork and administrative experience in preservation along with the opportunity to earn income on an hourly basis. Application for these positions is made through the Director.