Historic Restoration


College students and recent graduates have the opportunity to volunteer on the Sheldon Jackson Campus through our Historic Restoration program. Interns work as a team with a construction foreman, learning new skills and contributing to the future of a historic campus. Projects will take place all over campus. Examples of past projects include work on Richard H. Allen Memorial Hall, a historic building that was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2001, it was designated a national historic landmark. Thanks to the work of volunteers, staff, contractors, and past interns, Allen Hall will be fully renovated by summer 2015, complete with a theater, two dance studios, offices and a hospitality room.

The internship is an unpaid volunteer program for the non-profit Sitka Fine Arts Camp. However, interns are provided with lodging in campus dormitories and meals in the campus cafeteria during the internship. Four days per week, Monday through Thursday, interns work on the rehabilitation of campus structures. Evenings and three-day weekends are spent out on the local hiking trails, engaging in community events, and exploring Sitka, Alaska.

Dates: July 16th – August 13th, 2018

Eligibility: College students and recent graduates. No carpentry experience required.

Historic Restoration Internship Application 2018 (Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Final deadline is May 15, 2018)

Learn More: 

  • Read about Laura Blake’s experiences during the first Historic Restoration Program in the Summer 2012: Mind in Hand: The New Journal, Yale University

  • The third Historic Restoration Program, Summer 2014, focused on fulfilling the “Save it or Lose it” campaign to restore the historic Laundry Building. That summer, 26 interns restored the building’s roof.

  • The Summer 2015 program’s 25 interns took on the largest project to date by restoring the front facade of North Pacific Hall. A photo log of their effort and that of the 2014 program is available at the Historic Restoration Program’s website.

    Watch the 2014, 2015, and 2017 videos to learn more about the Historic Restoration program: