The United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) is seeking graduate students and young professionals specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in an International Exchange Program (IEP) during the summer of 2020. Participants will be assigned to three-month, practical working internships, under professional supervision, with a public or private nonprofit preservation organization (IEP Hosts). These positions are for interns with a bachelor’s degree at minimum in a preservation or conservation-related field: architecture, conservation, landscape architecture, cultural resource management, interpretation, archaeology, industrial archaeology, history or cultural tourism.
This program is not a study tour or a preservation course; the internships are based on the principle of hands-on experience, learning by doing. Interns are assigned projects that they are expected to execute and complete with the same degree of professionalism and responsibility as project staff. Interns follow the hours of host office staff, which varies between a 35- and 40-hour week, 5 days a week.
Intern participants are selected on a competitive basis for participation in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program. Internships are approximately 12 weeks in length (including orientation and the final program), and are usually scheduled during the summer (from June to August). US/ICOMOS hosts all U.S. and international interns for a program orientation in Washington, DC at the beginning of the summer. Interns then disperse to their various host locations where they complete a preservation-related project designed by the host organization. At the end of the summer, all interns reconvene in Washington, DC for a final debriefing and farewell program.
The candidate must have the following qualifications in order to qualify this Exchange Internship Program 2020 in the USA
- University degree in a preservation-related field, such as architecture, landscape architecture, or architectural conservation, with coursework and/or experience in preservation.
- Although there are no age restrictions, the program is for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or those who have been working professionally for 1-3 years.
- In addition to that, there are no exceptions to these limits, due to the popularity of the program.
- Demonstrated skills as well as a commitment to historic preservation.
- Similarly, previous experience and academic concentration in the field, as well as their ability to represent their country in an exchange program.
- Interns whose skills, training, interest and previous experience match the needs of host organizations will have an advantage.
How to Apply:
You will need a Google account to use our online application form. Once you have a Google account, go to https://tinyurl.com/2020-IEP-Interns to apply online using the form. The form will collect:
- Information about you, your educational background, your experience, and internship preferences;
- A 500-word essay in English describing the reasons you want to participate in the program and how completion of an internship overseas will contribute to your career;
- A curriculum vitae; and
- Two work samples that demonstrate your skill and fitness to execute work that meets professional standards.
Letters of Recommendation
Additionally, two Letters of Recommendation from professors or employers attesting to the applicant’s professional competency and suitability to represent their country. Recommendations should be confidential and emailed directly to the Chair of the IEP Committee (directions are included on the application form).
03 January 2020