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Sally Kress Tompkins

Maritime Documentation Internship


January 2021 update: This position will not be offered in 2021.

If you are interested in putting your documentation skills to use another way, please consider entering one of our competitions: Peterson Prize contest (for measured drawing sheet sets), Holland Prize contest (for single-sheet measured drawings), and HALS Challenge (short-format landscape reports).


2020 Maritime Internship Poster (blue background with black & photo of a boat and text)

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Internship in memory of Sally Kress Tompkins, former Deputy Chief of HABS/HAER and initiator of the HAER maritime documentation program. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of history, maritime history, historic preservation, or maritime studies or other related field to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The selected recipient will serve as an historian preparing short-format historical reports of selected fishing vessels representative of Great Lakes fisheries.


The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000 and will work for 12 weeks during the summer of 2020 in Michigan. Housing may also be available. The Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Intern will be selected by HAER.


Please submit the following by March 6, 2020 (postmark date):

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of recommendation (from a faculty member or employer)
  3. Work sample (history with footnotes/endnotes and bibliography)

Applications should be submitted to:

Justine Christianson
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7408
Washington, DC 20240
Note: All USPS mail sent to our building is subject to irradiation. Items may be damaged.


Questions? Email Justine Christianson at