Kansas State University Libraries Student Intern - Revitalization of Historic Downtown Norton in United States

About This Role:

Historic Downtown Norton is in need of assistance to boost downtown curb appeal, enhance the historic character of the downtown district, address deferred maintenance issues and implement positive change to create momentum for further improvement in the community. The intern will work with the State of Kansas Historic Preservation Office, architect Lisa Brookser, downtown building owners and the Norton County Community Foundation Director to create a storefront revitalization plan which includes schematic designs and 2D or 3D renderings.

For more information about the position contact Tara Vance, Executive Director, Norton County Community Foundation, 785-874-8115, tara@nortonccf.org or Nadine Sigle, Community Vitality Extension Specialist, 785-346-6256, nsigle@ksu.edu.

For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit: www.ksre.k-state.edu

Internship Dates:

May 28, 2019 thru August 2, 2019 or as negotiated with K-State Research & Extension.


Norton, KS

Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Create schematic designs – 2D or 3D renderings that illustrate recommendations for improvements following historic preservation principals and are suited to the needs of the business or building owners.
  • Promoting, designing and implementing a modified (historically center) storefront revitalization plan.
  • Research and potentially write grants to assist with implementation of the project such as
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Historic Tax Credit possibilities.
  • Meet with local boards and civic organizations to explain the identified project.
  • Community service or volunteering with a community organization is highly encouraged. This would be outside of the designated scope of work and working hours.
  • Participate in any professional staff development that may be available.
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned by mentoring supervisors

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of at least six university semesters at any college or university.
  • Students enrolled in architecture, regional planning and design, interior architecture and interior design are encourage to apply
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups, and through mass media and social media.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Experience working with individuals, groups, and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by previous leadership roles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Students from NW Kansas are preferred.
  • Students with a strong interest in historic preservation and understanding of preservation design principals are preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • This position may require travel connected with official duties, including attendance at evening meetings, participation in out of county events, access to a personal vehicle, and a valid driver’s license. The intern will be required to provide their own computer with software such as Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Salary & Benefits:

$20.00 per hour. 40 hours per week. Maximum 400 hours

Housing will be provided through Norton County Community Foundation.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter (detailing experiences related to responsibilities and qualifications)
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
  • Transcripts

Screening of Applications:

Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2019 or until position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Department: 3670035130 Ag Natural Res & Comm Vitality

Job no: 505238

Work type: Internship

Location: Other

Categories: Architecture / Construction

Advertised: 29 Nov 2018 Central Standard Time Central Standard Time

Applications close: Open until filled