Internships

Fallingwater offers summer internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers related to the site’s many departments.

Each year, interns complete hands-on projects relevant to their area of specialization while working closely with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers in their host department. Fallingwater strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to its mission. 

Fallingwater's 2021 Summer Internship Class

Hands-on experiences and tasks exploring Fallingwater’s operations, preservation practices and landscape interpretation helped seven summer interns learn how Frank Lloyd Wright used techniques to blend Fallingwater with its natural surroundings, and how the site is stewarded and preserved today. Read below to learn more about each intern and see what projects and insights they accomplished and discovered during their internship opportunities.

Fallingwater will begin accepting applications for its summer 2022 internships in January 2022. Please continue to check this page or our social media platforms for the latest updates and information on future internship opportunities.

Preservation Internship
Preservation interns split their duties between documentation and photographic archives and hands-on stone repointing and concrete cleaning and repair. Past intern projects have included historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs.

2021 Preservation Intern: Emma Bowers
Senior, Stanford University

“All of those interests combined nicely for the work I did at Fallingwater. It was my dream job.”

An architectural design major and art history minor, Emma plans to pursue a master’s degree in structural engineering. Under the supervision of Scott Perkins, she worked with structural engineer John Matteo to help his firm document current Fallingwater preservation projects such as bridge restoration and bolster repair. She researched two elements at Fallingwater that aren’t visible today – the original bridge and a canopy column. Emma enjoys creating structures to test her engineering acumen and spending time with her dog, Jack.

Judy Cheteyan Collections Internship
Collections interns select one or more collections from the archives as a focused summer project. Duties will include housing, organizing, and preparing a finding aid according to national standards for DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).

2021 Judy Cheteyan Collections Intern: Lily Elbaum
Graduate student, Simmons University

“I’m really interested in how museums and other cultural institutions manage their physical and digital collections, so this internship really allowed me to get a full grasp of the archival process.”

Lily is studying library and information science with a focus in cultural heritage informatics.
Under the supervision of Rebecca Hagen, she catalogued, organized, digitized and re-housed previously unprocessed archival material in the Fallingwater collection.
No stranger to higher education, Lily has a master’s degree in medieval studies from the University of Toronto.

Fawcett Digital Multimedia Internship
Communications interns work to support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Communications Department in the area of digital communications for Fallingwater’s website, social media, and other electronic platforms.

2021 Fawcett Digital Multimedia Intern: Kenneth Painter
Graduate student, Point Park University

“I’m usually telling people’s stories through the gutters of the American justice and class systems. So, Fallingwater was a different space for me.”

Kenneth is working on his master’s degree in documentary, with a focus on wrongfully convicted prisoners as well as outsider artists, musicians and filmmakers. Under the supervision of Jen Kissel, Kenneth created Fallingwater in Focus videos featuring staff members discussing their personal connection to aspects of their work, and created commercials to promote A Closer Look webinars. He also photographed ancillary buildings, landscape and visitors.

Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Internship
Education interns work directly with the public tour staff to interpret Fallingwater through guided tours and lectures as well as assist education supervisors with on-site residency programs focused on high school, college, and adult learners and grade 3-12 educational workshops.

2021 Robert and Harriet Kirkpatrick Education Intern: Delaney Szekely
Senior, John Carroll University

“It was really important to become an educator because I learned how guests interacted with the space, and I needed to make educated conclusions about the tour for insights on my major project.”

A native of North Huntington, Pa., Delaney has a self-designed major in art history, repatriation and social change, and she is editor-in-chief of “Her Campus” Under the supervision of Ashley Andrykovitch, she extensively researched and created a survey to determine guests’ perception of their tour. She became an educator so she would have first-hand experience. Delaney also helped the Fallingwater education department prepare for virtual summer camp and photograph resident artists and scholars.

Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Internship
Landscape interns are exposed to a variety of native species of plant life and natural landscape situations on the 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. In addition to design project schemes and conceived an implemented for Fallingwater’s woodland garden landscape.

2021 Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Intern: Brian Melchionni
Received master’s degree in landscape architecture, University of Georgia

“It was interesting that in the quarry there are some cut stone pieces that were shaped for the house left over from the construction of the house.”

Along with another landscape intern and under the supervision of Ann Talarek and Mike Kuzemchak, Brian began uncovering the old stone quarry near the house to prepare for a new visitor experience. They studied the historic photos of the quarry and created a planting plan. A native of Ocean City, New Jersey, Brian is an avid rug collector and in his spare time enjoys listening to live music.

2021 Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Landscape Intern: Hiromitsu Suetake
Senior, Cal Poly Pomona

“We focused on exposing some of the bedrock. Using that as part of the design conveys the Fallingwater aesthetic such as the living room floor.”

Hiromitsu’s project, along with another landscape intern and under the supervision of Ann Talarek and Mike Kuzemchack, was to uncover the old stone quarry near the house to prepare for a new visitor experience. They studied the historic photos of the quarry and created a planting plan. He hails from Nara, Japan, and enjoys hiking and watching movies. Learn more about the landscape interns’ work on the quarry project in this news article for Pittsburgh Earth Day.

Virtual Collections Internship
Collections interns learn more about assessing, recording and inventorying the digital Fallingwater Collection. This in-depth collection provides historical documentation and photographic archives of the important and treasured Kaufmann family sculptures, paintings, textiles and furniture displayed throughout the house.

2021 Virtual Collections Intern: Hannah Ciocco
Graduate student, Johns Hopkins University

“Because of my love for museums, I was extremely excited for this project because Edgar Kaufmann jr. was the director of the industrial design department of the Museum of Modern Art.”

No stranger to Fallingwater, this Latrobe native worked for the Museum Store in 2019. She is also the office manager of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University. She is studying museum and digital creation, and of course loves to travel and visit museums. Under the supervision of Rebecca Hagen, she created an index of all extant published writing by Edgar Kaufmann jr., crafted an abstract for each and wrote a proposal on making this material accessible to the public through Linked Open Data.

Fallingwater will begin accepting applications for its summer 2022 internships in January 2022. Please continue to check this page or our social media platforms for the latest updates and information on future internship opportunities.