The IEP began with a one-time exchange between US/ICOMOS and ICOMOS United Kingdom. It since has expanded to involve between 10 and 20 young preservation professionals each year. US/ICOMOS is always looking for preservation organizations both in the U.S. and abroad to host interns and participate in this exciting program of cultural exchange. The program is made possible through generous grants from many U.S. foundations, government agencies and individual contributors, and ICOMOS National Committees of participating countries.
In 2015, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of both ICOMOS and US/ICOMOS. During the year, we launched several new programs and initiatives designed to reflect our 50 years of advocacy for the conservation and management of cultural sites in the US and around the world. In the next half century, we will continue to connect American heritage professionals to their international counterparts and the global heritage community, advocate for new American inscriptions on the World Heritage List, and bring like-minded professionals together at annual symposia to discuss the state of practice of international preservation and conservation. And, of course, we will continue to facilitate the exchange of hundreds of young professionals through the International Exchange Program (IEP).
There is so much that we are doing, and so much that we will do. But we can’t do it alone.
For 2017 the US/ICOMOS IEP Committee, is continuing its work to expand the program to support more internships and to form new strategic partnerships with other national committees of ICOMOS, International Scientific Committees, and private and public organizations around the world. The committee will also continue to grow a network of alumni to re-engage with past participants across the globe, and develop new, sustainable funding sources to support as many exchanges as we can.
Meanwhile, we’ll continue to modernize the IEP process. In 2016 we require online submissions for both prospective hosts and participants and require earlier deadlines for applications. In 2017, we will move all participant and host reporting online as well to make the process simpler for all, and to allow for better access to the reported information to the IEP Committee. These small changes streamline the process and allow for faster, and earlier, placement decisions.
There is so much that we are doing, and so much that we will do. But we can’t do it alone. Please make your gift to the 2017 IEP today!