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Posted: 02/10/2017


4Culture is the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, and 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. We are a tax-exempt public development authority created by King County to administer federal and state funds for public services.

Equity in Historic Preservation 2017 Summer Internship
Internship Opportunity
Seattle, WA

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. Our objective is to better identify and manage historic cultural properties associated with underrepresented communities in historic surveys and designations. This internship will provide research experience related to historic preservation practice in the region, with the goal of identifying properties with high social and cultural significance and finding ways to strengthen processes to protect them. It builds on previous research collected through a 2016 internship focused on designated landmarks and underrepresented communities.

We are looking to hire one intern to review and assess the current practice of historic designation in King County to understand the following:
1.    The number, type and association of historic properties in Seattle and King County that were nominated for landmark status, but not designated and why;
2.    Nominated 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 nominated or meet initial qualification criteria 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 19-August 25, 2017. 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 local archives and libraries, accessible by public transit, as needed. Research supplies and a computer work space at 4Culture will be provided for the duration of the internship. Bi-weekly progress reports will be required during the employment 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.

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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 Brandi Link at brandi.link@4culture.org. The complete application is due by Monday, March 20, 2017, at 5 pm. Applicant will be notified of selection by March 30.
Brandi Link
Phone: (206) 263-1593
101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

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