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Posted: 03/23/2015

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Office of Preservation Initiatives

A small, independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and conducts a variety of preservation programs dealing with national preservation policy, legislation, sustainability, Native American interests, economic development, and promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage. In 2015, our selected interns will complete projects aimed at engaging a wider audience in the activities carried out or overseen by the ACHP and our historic preservation partners nationwide. Interns will also become familiar with the full range of work of the agency and will participate in meetings and programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations.

Intern, Office of Preservation Initiatives
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC, DC
$ stipend towards expenses
Open Until

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. 


How to apply
Interested applicants should apply online using the form at at http://www.achp.gov/docs/achp-2015-internship-application.pdf and a resume. The Internet Explorer browser works best. Click “submit” at the bottom of the form, and the data you filled in should appear as an .xml file attached to an e-mail message. This may pop up for sending or be in your drafts folder. Before you hit “send,” attach your resume. If this doesn’t work for you, “save as” the filled-out form as a pdf and then attach it to an email along with your resume. Send to jrodenstein@achp.gov. If you have any questions, contact Judy Rodenstein at jrodenstein@achp.gov.
Judy Rodenstein
Phone: 202-517-1488
ACHP, 401 F St. NW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20001-2637

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