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Posted: 04/19/2016

Historic Preservation

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

Equity in Historic Preservation Summer Internship
Internship Opportunity
Seattle, WA
Open Until

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, is committed to increasing the diversity of cultural resources that are identified, protected, and interpreted, to be more representative of the multicultural populations in King County. Ultimately the goal is to better identify and manage historic cultural properties associated with communities of color and other communities that have been underrepresented in historic surveys and designations. This internship will provide professional experience in historic preservation practice in the region, with the goal of encouraging candidates from underrepresented communities to pursue further research and careers in the field.  

We are looking to hire one intern to help us assess the current practice of historic preservation in King County to understand the following:

     1. The number, type and distribution of historic properties in King County that are listed on the national, state and local (city and county) registers, which derive their significance from association with underrepresented communities;

     2. Listed historic properties that do not include or fully engage their association with underrepresented communities, for which additional documentation is warranted; and,

     3. The historic properties associated with underrepresented communities that have not been recognized so far or did not qualify for nomination.

The internship is open to full time students (upper level undergraduate and graduate), and recent graduates with a specialization in historic preservation. Candidates from communities of color are especially encouraged to apply for the internship. A background in history, historic preservation, or related design and planning fields is essential. Working knowledge of basic database management in Excel/Access and GIS is desired.

The duration of the internship is from June 20-August 19, which is summer term. The intern will receive a stipend of $5,000 (25 hours per week for 10 weeks).

Intern will be supervised by staff at 4Culture and one University of Washington College of Built Environments faculty. The intern will work independently, including making visits to historic sites and local libraries and archives. Research archives are accessible by public transit. Bi-weekly progress reports will be required during the internship period and a final report and presentation with the conclusion of the internship.

You may choose to seek academic credit with this internship, but it is not required. If you will be seeking academic credit, please let us know of any requirements we will need to fulfill.

How to apply
Submit resume/CV, cover letter including statement of interest and two academic or professional reference contacts, and one writing sample. Send your application to Dana Phelan at Dana.Phelan@4culture.org. The complete application is due by Monday, May 16, 2016, at 5 pm. Applicant will be notified of selection by May 27.
Dana Phelan
Phone: 206-263-1604
101 Prefontaine Place S
Seattle, WA 98104

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