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Fall 2020: Historic Petersburg Foundation (HPF) - Videographer / Video Editor Intern

Jul 27, 2020

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships

Historic Petersburg Foundation (HPF) is a small 501 c 3 nonprofit preservation organization in Petersburg, Virginia. HPF was formed in 1967 to protect Petersburg’s architectural heritage of historic structures and adapt these structures to modern use.

Now, more than fifty years later, HPF’s success stories include saving modest workers cottages, grand mansions and commercial buildings. Because of the efforts and actions of Historic Petersburg Foundation, many historic structures that were once threatened are now beloved local landmarks and beautifully restored private homes.

HPF’s mission is “to lead the preservation and restoration of Petersburg’s historic architecture, and neighborhoods and to tell their story.” A variety of activities, programs and tours are presented by the volunteers serving on the HPF Board of Trustees, one part time staff member and committee members to promote Petersburg’s history and tell the story of its architecture. Several fundraisers are also held throughout the year to support HPF’s preservation efforts.

We have acquired equipment to create videos on Petersburg and increase HPF’s technological capacity with virtual programming thanks to a COVID -19 related grant. We have a new Apple Macbook Pro, Final Cut Pro 4+ editing software, a camera, a wireless mic and a drone. What HPF needs now is a talented college student who would like to gain experience and build their resume creating videos promoting Petersburg, its amazing architecture and its history.

Historic Petersburg Foundation has an unpaid videographer and video editor internship available creating videos documenting Petersburg’s historic buildings and sites. The intern candidate will have use of MacBook Pro with Final Cut Pro 4+ for Apple, camera and DJI Mavic Air2 drone.

The intern will act as both videographer & video editor and ideally should be a self-starter who will be able to work well independently for much of this project. The intern must complete this project by mid - November 2020, in order for HPF to comply with the reporting requirements and deadline of the COVID-19 grant.

HPF Board members and staff member will assist the intern and provide guidance throughout the project. The intern will be expected to work on this project on a regular timely basis and provide status updates routinely. The intern may use office space in the HPF headquarters as a base of operations while in Petersburg.

The historic architecture that will be featured in the videos is located in the downtown area of Petersburg and in nearby historic neighborhoods. The subjects of the videos will be in places that are easy to navigate within the city of Petersburg and have available and free parking. Representatives from Historic Petersburg Foundation will assist the intern with assignments, introductions and contacts to carry out this work.

Interested applicants apply to Historic Petersburg Foundation, Inc. by email to or P.O. Box 691, Petersburg, Virginia 23804.