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Posted: 01/16/2018

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Various (see description below)

A small, independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C. advises the President and Congress on national preservation policy and oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects. The ACHP develops and manages a variety of preservation programs dealing with promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, economic development, Native American interests, sustainability, and related legislation. The agency's mission is the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation's diverse historic resources. Interns may work with the Offices of Communications, Education, and Outreach (OCEO); Federal Agency Programs (OFAP); Native American Affairs (ONAA); or Preservation Initiatives (OPI).

Summer Internships
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
$ stipend towards expenses
Open Until

Internship opportunities are open to undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. Candidates should have an interest in historic preservation and may come from a wide variety of disciplines in addition to history, architectural history, or archaeology, such as planning, law, economics, architectural design, communications, or education. Selected interns will complete projects contributing to, or broadening awareness of, the activities carried out or overseen by the ACHP and its historic preservation partners nationwide. Interns will 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. 

Potential 2018 Projects

  • 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 website and Section 106 Success Stories; suggest ideas for social media efforts and targeted stories by themes. (OCEO) 
  • Work on youth outreach initiatives including research, writing, and working with partners. (OCEO)
  • Assist in the development of new training products. With supervisors guidance, record, edit, and produce video clips and integrate them into the electronic materials for a course. Experience with PowerPoint and video/audio editing software, Articulate Studio 13 and/or Articulate 360 or similar is desirable. (OFAP)
  • Research and help develop new material related to heritage tourism and the economic benefits of preservation. Assist with enhancing and updating existing online content, managing program information, and acquiring current contacts, images, and program examples. (OPI)
  • Research how other federal agencies use tribal or Native Hawaiian organizations special expertise and traditional knowledge in addressing cultural landscape issues. (ONAA)
  • Working with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, develop guidance on the intersection of federal and state historic preservation laws. (ONAA) 

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. Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required. Specific assignments will be developed based on the skills and interests of selected interns and agency needs. 

Interns are volunteers, though a small stipend to help offset expenses will be provided. Projects can be tailored so that academic credit can be awarded. ACHP professional staff members supervise all interns. 

How to apply
Interested applicants should apply online using the form at http://www.achp.gov/intern2018.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. More information at http://www.achp.gov/Internships2018.pdf.
Judy Rodenstein
Phone: 2025171488
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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