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 2022 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.
Preservation interns split their duties between documentation and photographic archives, hands-on stone repointing, and concrete cleaning and repair. Past intern projects included historic building assessments, inventories, documentation and miscellaneous preservation repairs.
Master's Graduate, Addis Ababa University
Having worked in different aspects of heritage conservation, this has enabled me to understand context and history, and discover the potential of heritage as a foundation for a diverse inclusive future.
Hewan Berhane is an architect focused on the conservation of cultural heritage. Having received her master’s degree in urban and architectural heritage conservation from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, she has dedicated her career to nurturing inclusiveness, authentic conservation and adaptive reuse directly contributing to sustainable development. Under the supervision of Scott Perkins, she worked to organize more than 20 years of digitized photographs on the preservation server to establish a system of cataloging the images in a practical way. Her work will help and improve the way Fallingwater’s curatorial and preservation team views restoration projects by date, project category and restoration methodology. She also has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning from Arba Minch University of Technology.
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 5,100-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. In addition, interns gain hands-on learning by designing project schemes and implementing improvements to Fallingwater’s woodland garden landscape.
Master's Graduate, Cal Poly Pomona
Fallingwater is set in an unbelievably beautiful landscape. I feel so lucky and grateful I have had the chance to spend a summer working here.
Along with another landscape intern and with supervision of Mike Kuzemchak, Macy worked on redesigning The Barn at Fallingwater’s hillside garden. She also worked on redesigning the small landscape around the Rose McClendon sculpture, which is located between the main house and the guest house along the staircase. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Macy likes hiking, reading, rug making and being near an ocean.
Junior, University of Illinois
Every day is a new experience here. Learning how to maintain a landscape that I made has been really impactful on my own design and how I go about designing landscapes.
Along with another landscape intern and under the supervision of Mike Kuzemchak, Themy worked on redesigning The Barn at Fallingwater’s hillside garden using native flowers and plants. He also worked on redesigning the garden located near the gatehouse at Fallingwater. In his spare time, Themy enjoys soccer, biking and rock climbing.
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).
Graduate Student, University of Alabama
Every day, I have witnessed the wealth of local history and connections to the property, and just how important maintaining the collections is to Fallingwater as a whole. It has been incredible to be able to contribute to that.
Amelia is working on her master’s degree in library and information studies, with a focus on archival studies, previously receiving bachelor’s degrees in Russian and French. As part of her internship and with supervision from Rebecca Hagen, Amelia cataloged, organized and prepared for the digitization of previously unprocessed audio-visual archival material in the Fallingwater collection as part of the Historical and Archival Records Care Grants. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time in nature.
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 educational workshops for students in grades 3-12.
Graduate, Kenyon College
As the education intern, I relaunched the public library program and designed an hour-long children’s program around Fallingwater and architecture. I enjoyed the chance to bring this program to the public through presentations at five local libraries.
Zoe received her degree in art history from Kenyon College, where she got the chance to complete her thesis on baroque Italian painting in Rome, Italy. Under the supervision of Ashley Andrykovitch, she helped relaunch Fallingwater’s public library outreach program where she created, organized and taught children’s library programs. She became a Fallingwater educator (also known as a tour guide) so she could obtain first-hand experiences sharing information about Fallingwater. In addition, she worked at the touch table at the Visitor Center where she welcomed guests and organized hands-on activities.
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 channels and other digital platforms.
Junior, Point Park University
I have always been fascinated with history and media in general, so getting to create and produce videos and content to show people Fallingwater’s history has been a wonderful experience.
A native of Somerset, Pa., Alexa is working on a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production & media management and a minor in graphic design, and she is also the social media manager for her university. Under the supervision of Carmen Bray and James Carr, Alexa created video outlines showcasing past exhibitions on display in Fallingwater’s Speyer Gallery and photographed and interviewed fellow interns on their internship experiences at Fallingwater. She enjoys creating art, photography, writing and taking care of her plants.