Internship Application Instructions
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The United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) is seeking non-U.S. citizen graduate students and young professionals specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in an international exchange program in the United States during the summer of 2018. Participants will be assigned to three-month, practical working internships, under professional supervision, with a public or private nonprofit preservation organization. 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. Applicants whose first language is English, or who can demonstrate a great fluency in the language, may qualify for positions as historians or for projects requiring the preparation of written reports and other materials.
Projects are varied, and correspond to the needs and requirements of the host agencies. The host office defines the project to be completed; an internship is not an independent research opportunity. Applicants may indicate a preference for the type of project they wish to be assigned, but must be willing to accept any position, which may be located anywhere in the world. Assignments are made on the basis of the best match between the proposed project and the individual’s background and skills, and in consideration of the entire pool of applicants.
This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about another country’s cultural heritage system. It is also an opportunity to make friends and professional contacts with new colleagues while living in a foreign country for a summer.
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.
Summer internships begin with orientation in Washington, DC and conclude with a final program and reception in Washington. Summer interns must attend the orientation program and the final program in Washington (a requirement of the granting agencies and funders of the program). Any schedule conflicts must be discussed and resolved in advance.
Interns work a 5-DAY WEEK for the ENTIRE DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP, with the only exceptions being regularly-scheduled holidays in the host country and religious holidays for the intern.
Participants in the US/ICOMOS Summer Intern Program are awarded a stipend paid in monthly installments by US/ICOMOS. The stipend is intended to cover the cost of food, incidental expenses and lodging. Lodging will be arranged for interns by the host organization. In some cases, host organizations provide free or reduced-cost housing, in which case the stipend may be reduced.
Interns are required to submit evaluations, reports, presentations and photos at specified times in order to receive full payment of their stipend and travel award.
Participants must pay for travel to and from Washington, DC (for orientation and closing sessions) and to and from the IEP host site. Depending on program funding, travel awards may be available to subsidize some or all of the travel costs. In 2016 and 2017, full travel costs for all interns were covered by US/ICOMOS program funding.
US/ICOMOS does not assume civil or financial responsibility for interns beyond the stipend amount and is not liable for any additional expense. Before leaving their own countries, participants must obtain private health insurance that will cover them during their entire stay. US/ICOMOS provides limited, supplementary insurance for travel, only. Interns are advised also to obtain an international driver’s license before leaving home.
Graduate students and young professionals (within 1-3 years of university graduation), fluent in English, are eligible to apply. No spouses or families can be accommodated.
The selection process for the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program is highly competitive; approximately one in five applications is successful.
How to Apply
The application is a Google Form that allows you to upload required files directly to the form. Therefore, you must have a Google account in order to apply to the program. There are no exceptions to this requirement. You can get a free Google account here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp.
Once you have a Google account, follow this link to the online application 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 for wanting to participate in the program and how completion of an internship overseas will contribute to the applicant’s career;
- A current curriculum vitae;
- Two examples of work in your area of specialization. Samples should demonstrate your skill and fitness to execute work that meets professional standards. Work samples might include researchpapers, hand sketches, CAD drawings, 3D models, cultural landscape reports, conservation treatment reports, etc. In the case of group projects, authorship of specific designs/drawings must be indicated;
- A copy of the information page from a current passport (expiration date should be on or after March 2019).
Please note the file size and file type restrictions on the form.
Letters of Recommendation
Additionally, two letters of recommendation from professors or employers attesting to your professional competency and suitability to represent your country. Recommendations should be confidential and must be emailed to the IEP Committee separate from the application form.
For US applicants: membership in US/ICOMOS is required. Applications will be checked against membership records; any applicant not listed as a member in good standing on the application deadline will not be further considered.
For overseas applicants: US/ICOMOS cannot require membership in your national committee and / or in ICOMOS international, however it is very strongly suggested. All other conditions being equal, an applicant who is a member of their national committee will be considered more favorably than one who is not.
Applicants will be considered for all positions for which they are qualified. Note that applicants apply to the program, not a specific country or internship. Also note that, in some instances, well-qualified applicants may not be selected if no matching placement opportunity is available.
The online application form and all required materials must be received by US/ICOMOS no later than 15 January 2018. Applicants may be interviewed over the telephone and one or more daytime telephone numbers must be written on the application. No part of the application will be returned.
The US/ICOMOS IEP Committee will review all applications and make initial selections. The intern application materials are then sent to the host organization for review and approval. Host organizations have final approval over the intern. Therefore, the review and selection procedure is essentially conducted in two stages, meaning it can take some time.
Applicants will be notified, where possible, by early March whether their application has been selected for submission to a host organization (notifications will be sent by email). We do not state which country/host until the host accepted. Participants are selected by the IEP Committee on the basis of skill, demonstrated commitment to preservation, previous experience and academic concentration in the field. They are also selected on their ability to represent ICOMOS, their national committee of ICOMOS, and their country in an exchange program. Successful final applicants are those whose skills, training and interest match the needs of the host organizations.
Final notification of acceptance will be made (again by email) as soon as the host organization agrees to accept the intern. An information packet will then be sent out to all successful final applicants.
Please note that, on occasion, a selected applicant must cancel before the internship starts and/or new internships are developed after the initial round of review. Therefore, US/ICOMOS will keep all intern applications on file for the duration of the year in case new opportunities arise. Applications will not be kept from one year to the next, and anyone wishing to re-apply will need to complete the process anew.
Follow this link to the online application.
Questions about the application process should be directed to:
Chair, IEP Committee and Member, Board of Trustees
US/ICOMOS E-mail: IEP@usicomos.org
Please note that Mr. Lione is a volunteer and not on site at the US/ICOMOS Offices in Washington, DC. Therefore, please only contact Mr. Lione via email.