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Posted: 02/02/2017

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Communication, Education & Outreach; Federal Agency Programs; Preserva

A small, independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) advises the President and Congress on national preservation policy and oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects. The AHCP conducts a variety of preservation programs dealing with promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, economic development, community preservation, youth engagement, and Native American interests. ACHP's mission is the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation's diverse historic resources.

Summer Intern
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$ stipend towards expenses

Internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. Familiarity with historic preservation is desirable but not required. Applicants may come from a variety of disciplines in addition to history, architectural history, or archaeology, such as design, planning, economics, or journalism. Internships are flexible and run 8-12 weeks. Selected interns will complete projects supporting 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. 

Relevant skills include strong research, writing, and organizational 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. Specific assignments will be developed based on the skills and interests of selected interns. Projects can be tailored so that academic credit can be awarded. ACHP professional staff supervise all interns. Potential projects include:

Research and develop materials highlighting the importance and benefits of historic preservation for all Americans. Help identify new audiences and develop avenues and communications to reach these audiences. Research and draft content for the ACHP Web site and Section 106 success stories, as well as ideas for the ACHPs social media efforts. 

Assist with activities relating to the ACHP summer business meeting; provide support for upcoming meetings and projects, including annual preservation conferences, and ACHP participation in other outreach activities. 

Work on youth outreach initiatives including research, writing, and working with partners. 

Explore how cultural landscapes are identified and how effects to them are assessed in planning federal projects such as energy infrastructure. Develop a web-based resource page and/or training materials, such as case studies, research and writing. Help develop guidance on methodologies for documenting and assessing indirect and visual effects to cultural landscapes, or a frequently asked questions document. Familiarity with cultural landscapes documentation is desirable. 

Assist with implementation of selected recommendations for improving the national historic preservation program adopted by the ACHP during the 2016 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. (OPI)

Compile data and examples from various sources on the economic benefits of historic preservation; assist staff in summarizing findings for briefing papers, presentations, and public information. 


Research and develop new content related to the Preserve America program for social media, presentations, and the Web. Assist with enhancing and updating online content, managing program information, and acquiring current contacts, images, and program examples for designated communities and steward organizations. 

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How to apply
Interested applicants should apply online using the form at http://www.achp.gov/docs/achp-2017-internship-application.pdf and a resume. If using the Internet Explorer browser, click “submit” at the bottom of the form, and the data you entered should appear as an .xml file attached to an e-mail message. This should pop up for sending or may be in your drafts folder. Before you hit “send,” attach your resume. If using a different browser, “save as” the filled-out form as a pdf and then attach it to an email along with your resume. Send to Judy Rodenstein, Internship Program Coordinator, at jrodenstein@achp.gov.
Judy Rodenstein
Phone: 202-517-1488
401 F Street NW
Suite 308
Washington, DC 20001-2637

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