IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 International Exchange Program. Please note that all IEP internships in 2022 are subject to change due to evolving COVID-19 restrictions.

Internship Application Instructions


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 2022. 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.

Projects are varied, and correspond to the needs and requirements of IEP Host organizations. 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 personal 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 vary between 35- and 40-hours, 5 days per week.


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 at the beginning of the summer that will take place virtually. Interns then travel to their various host locations where they complete a 10-week preservation-related project designed by the host organization. At the end of the summer, all interns gather in Washington, DC, for a final debriefing and farewell program. Any schedule conflicts must be discussed and resolved in advance.

IEP 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.

IEP Interns are required to submit evaluations, reports, social media posts at specified times in order to receive full payment of their stipend.


Participants in the US/ICOMOS Summer Intern Program are awarded a stipend for the 12-week period, paid in regular installments by US/ICOMOS. The stipend is intended to cover the cost of room and board for the entire summer. (IEP Hosts are asked to assist interns in finding suitable lodging.) In some cases, IEP Hosts provide free or reduced-cost housing, in which case the stipend may be reduced.


All work materials are provided by the host office. Participants must pay for travel to and from Washington, DC (for closing sessions) and to and from the IEP host site. From 2016 – 2019, 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. 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 will be accommodated.

The selection process for the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program is highly competitive; approximately one in fifteen applications is successful.

How to Apply

Application Form

You will need a Google account to use our online application form.  Once you have a Google account, go to 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.

Please note: there are specific file size and file type restrictions on the form.

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 IEP Coordinator (directions are included on the application form).

Application Fee

For U.S. applicants: membership in US/ICOMOS is required. Join US/ICOMOS here.

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. Applicants apply to the program, not a specific country or internship.


The online form must be completed no later than 11:59 PM (applicant’s local time), 7 January 2022. Both letters of recommendation must be received by the IEP Program Coordinator via email at this time as well. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.


Selection Process and Notification

The IEP Committee reviews all applications and selects the best participant for each available project. Participants are selected 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. In addition, participants will be chosen whose skills, training and interest match the needs of the host organizations.

Once the IEP Committee has made recommendations for intern assignments, the intern application materials are 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 to mid March whether their application has been selected for submission to a host organization (notifications will be sent by email).

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 applicants via email.

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.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the IEP Program Coordinator, US/ICOMOS: IEP [at]

Please check back in late 2022 for information about the 2023 International Exchange Program.