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Graduate Receives Prestigious Internship

Posted Monday, June 06, 2011

Belmont Technical College Building Preservation and Restoration Graduate Receives Prestigious Internship

Belmont Technical College is pleased to announce that Building Preservation and Restoration (BPR) student Nicholas Bogosian has received an internship with Historic New England (HNE) for the Summer of 2011.  The internship will take place in and around Waltham, Massachusetts.

Nicholas will be serving as the Preservation Carpentry Fellow during the 12 week internship. He will graduate from the Belmont BPR program in the Fall of 2011.  “I couldn't be happier for Nick,” said Belmont BPR Program Chair Dave Mertz. “He was the ideal student.  Nick always took his studies very seriously and maintained an exemplary work ethic.  I know that he will represent Belmont well.”

HNE maintains 36 historic properties over five New England states.  Nicholas will be working with the Preservation Carpentry Staff handling a variety of repairs to various properties.  He will namely be working on sill repairs to the 1692 Boardman House in Saugus, Massachusetts, as well as doing plaster stabilization and window conservation.

According to Nicholas, Historic New England's application process was the most challenging of all the internships that he applied for.  He was required to submit a resume and written responses to a set of very challenging questions about preservation work and the organization itself.  “I waited four weeks and then I received a call to do a phone interview.  I was jumping up and down!  Four days after the phone interview, I was given confirmation that I had been awarded the Fellowship.”

Historic New England was founded 100 years ago originally as, The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.  “This organization has been incredibly influential and distinctive in the preservation world,” said Nicholas.  “We learned about the society and founder William Sumner Appleton in our Preservation History & Theory class in the Belmont BPR program.  I remember thinking my first quarter in the program how interesting the organization is and how awesome it would be to work for them some day.” 

In speaking about the Belmont BPR program Nicholas said, “The program is very challenging; more so than I expected.  It is truly a Liberal Arts style of learning.  Historic Preservation is an incredibly complex profession, and the BPR program recognizes that and exposes students to that complexity.  Not only do we use our hands regularly, but we are constantly developing our personal preservation philosophy and problem-solving skills.  But overall, I feel I learned more after 18 months in the BPR Program than in the 5 years of my undergraduate studies.  I have practical skills now and knowledge of preservation that makes me employable doing what I love. ”
Nicholas Bogosian, Belmont BPR Student.

Nicholas Bogosian, Belmont BPR Alum

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