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2016 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program For International Applicants In USA

US/ICOMOS is seeking US as well as non-US graduate students and young professionals specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in an international internship program. Positions are for interns with a bachelor’s degree (at a minimum) in a preservation or conservation-related field. US/ICOMOS provides funding for all internships through a variety of sources, and the stipends provided to interns are intended to cover basic living expenses (food and housing), during orientation and final program in Washington, DC and for the duration of the internship.  Internship application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Field of Internship: US/ICOMOS is seeking graduate students and young professionals (1-3 years of experience) specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in the 2016 International Exchange Program.
Course Level:
Internship
Internship Provider:  US/ICOMOS
Internship can be taken at:
USA (Washington D C )

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Eligibility: –Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a preservation-related field at a minimum.  While there are no age restrictions, the program is designed for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or those who have been working professionally for 1-3 years.
-Candidates are asked to submit curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay describing their reasons for wanting to participate in the program, and examples of their work.  All applications are reviewed by a volunteer professional jury which makes recommendations for intern selection and placement.  The application materials for recommended interns are then forwarded to the respective host organizations for review and approval.  Only after the host organization has approved the intern will the applicant be notified which internship he/she has been assigned.
-Interns are selected on the basis of skills, demonstrated commitment to historic preservation, previous experience and academic concentration in the field and the ability to represent their country in an exchange program.  Importantly, interns are chosen whose skills, training, interest and previous experience match the needs of host organizations.  Therefore, not all qualified intern applicants will be recommended for the program, since there are always more qualified applicants than internships and the applications of some highly qualified applicants simply may not match the needs of host organizations any given year.

Internship Open for International Students: US as well as non-US applicants are eligible to apply for this internship programme.

Is this paid internship? Yes, US/ICOMOS provides funding for all internships through a variety of sources, and the stipends provided to interns are intended to cover basic living expenses (food and housing), during orientation and final program in Washington, DC and for the duration of the internship.  In some cases, travel grants may also be available for U.S. interns traveling overseas.  Interns from overseas coming to the U.S. must provide their own roundtrip travel.  The precise amount of the stipends depends on a variety of factors, including the level of funding received, whether free or reduced housing is provided by the host organization, and the relative cost of living of the internship location.  In all cases, interns are strongly encouraged to bring with them sufficient personal funds to cover entertainment and other costs.  Intern stipends are considered reimbursement for living expenses, are NOT considered salary or wages, and therefore are not considered to be taxable income.

Internship Description: US/ICOMOS is seeking graduate students and young professionals (1-3 years of experience) specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in the 2016 International Exchange Program. Participants will be assigned practical working internships, under professional supervision, with a public or private nonprofit preservation organization. Internships for U.S. citizens are in other countries, organized in many cases in cooperation with the local ICOMOS National Committee.  Internships for non-U.S. citizens are placed throughout the United States. The US/ICOMOS carefully organizes and manages the 12 week program from its Directorate offices in Washington, DC.

Number of awards offered:  It since has expanded to involve between 10 and 20 young preservation professionals each year.

Internship Duration: The US/ICOMOS carefully organizes and manages the 12 week program from its Directorate offices in Washington, DC.

Notification: Final decisions and completed arrangements between US/ICOMOS, participants and hosts are expected to be made by 1 April. Summer internships will begin in early June and conclude in late-August.  Some fall internships may be available as well.

How to Apply:  The mode of application is online. US/ICOMOS utilizes an online application process, followed by one or more oral interviews. Once you are ready to begin your application, click the button at the right to access the online application form. The online application will collect:
-Basic contact information
-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
-Examples* of work in the applicant’s area of specialization, to include (but not limited to) : research papers, sketches, project portfolios, CAD drawings, SketchUp models, etc. (*Samples should demonstrate the applicant’s skill and fitness to execute work that meets professional standards. In the case of group projects, authorship of specific designs/drawings must be indicated.)
-Two Letters of Recommendation will be required from professors or employers attesting to the applicant’s professional competency and suitability to represent his/her country. Recommendations should be confidential and emailed directly to the address shown on the application form.

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Note: In lieu of an application fee, membership in US/ICOMOS is required at the Young Professional level ($70 per year) or above.

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