2015 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program – Call for Applicants and Host Organizations

US/ICOMOS expects to support a number of internships overseas and within the United States in the historic preservation and cultural heritage fields during the course of 2015. This program provides unparalleled opportunities for preservationists early in their careers to gain hands-on experience in a country other than their own. The program is geared toward those nearing the end of graduate school or with 1-3 years of professional experience.  Placements are made by matching the skills/experience of each applicant with the needs of each host organization.

Prospective Interns

Applications from prospective interns are due 14 February 2015. Application procedures can be found here.

Prospective Host Organizations

US/ICOMOS also seeks host organizations, such as non-profits, government agencies, and private firms, who are potentially interested in hosting a US/ICOMOS intern, whether in the United States or overseas.  Information on hosting US/ICOMOS interns and a letter of interest form can be foundhere.

2015 Program Schedule

The general schedule for the 2015 program is as follows, with most internships taking place during the summer months but some internships occurring during the fall as well. US/ICOMOS is willing to work with host organizations to accommodate different schedules and durations of internships where necessary.
Saturday, 14 February
Applications from prospective interns due
Letters of interest from prospective host organizations due
Late May / Early June
Intern orientation in Washington, DC
June – August
Duration of summer Internships
Mid-August
Final program for summer Interns and orientation for fall interns

Program Overview

Since the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program was created in 1984, more than 600 young preservation professionals and over 70 countries have participated. The aim of the program is to promote an understanding of international preservation policies, methods, and techniques and to enable interns to make professional contacts and form personal friendships that will ensure a continuing dialogue between countries.
The program began with a one-time exchange between US/ICOMOS and ICOMOS United Kingdom. It since has expanded to involve between 10 and 20 preservation professionals annually depending on the level of funding available. 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 host organizations.
For more information, email Brian Lione at blione@usicomos.org.

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