The ACHP is looking for candidates with an interest in historic preservation who may come from a wide variety of disciplines in addition to history or archaeology, such as architecture, planning, economics, law, journalism, and information technology. Specific assignments will be developed based on the skills and interests of selected interns. Projects can be tailored so academic credit can be awarded. ACHP professional staff supervises all interns. Potential projects for summer 2015 include helping with:
· Planning for the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Assist with information collection, organization, and outreach associated with planning for the 50th anniversary of the NHPA in 2015 and 2016. May include compiling and summarizing planned activities of preservation organizations and federal agencies leading up to the anniversary, drafting stories for posting on the Web and social media, and assisting with development of an anniversary tool kit for use in local event and activity planning.
· Building a more inclusive preservation program. Develop materials highlighting the value of historic preservation for segments of the American population currently under-represented. Examples would be drawn from Preserve America Communities, Grant Projects, Stewards, and Presidential Award winners and similar sources. Deliverables may include success stories, model approaches and documents, and peer-to-peer guidance on making such preservation efforts successful. This material will be disseminated via the Web and social media, as well as made available for training and conference sessions.
· Evaluating the effectiveness of a grant program. Work with National Park Service and ACHP staff in researching project outcomes for a report on Preserve America Grants.
Relevant skills include strong writing and research ability; comfort with contacting, meeting, and interviewing people by phone or in person; and experience with using and developing content for the Web and social media. Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required.