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Welcome to Our 2022 Interns!

Village Preservation’s team is a strong one – we’re lucky to have a group of interns who are looking 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.

Shannen Smiley (l.) and Luc Giner (r.), Village Preservation’s newest interns

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.

We still have our fall 2021 interns, Abraham and Jena, as well as our Arthur A. Levin Intern, Kate, on staff, so we are not currently hiring. But if you’re interested, apply here, and we will contact you when a position becomes available or you can check back in a few months.

Joining the VP team and our roster of past interns are Luc Giner and Shannen Smiley.

Luc Giner

Luc is originally from Katonah, New York. He has been involved in community organizing since he was young and is currently an undergraduate student at NYU. Luc is studying History, Politics, and Liberal Arts with a concentration on local history and the history of marginalized populations. His coursework has focused on community organizing, student activism, and environmentalism. When Luc moved to New York, he immediately fell in love with the vibrancy of the East Village and is looking forward to giving back to my community and learning more about the rich historical legacy of the neighborhood he lives in.

Shannen Smiley

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, the rich history and culture of New York City drew Shannen here in January 2020. Her professional background in advocacy carried her through dozens of projects within the non-profit and political sector during a year of immense social change, ultimately leading her to focus on affordable housing and sustainable preservation efforts in 2021. She joins Village Preservation as a curious student in the field of urban planning, zoning, and preservation, and is thrilled to start her journey with such an amazing team! She also works at the Tenement Museum.

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