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Summer Internships Now Available at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Washington, DC)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - intern, internship, legal internship, Washington DC, historic preservation, federal, Washington DC, summer internship, public history, cultural heritage, social media, preservation policy, training
Contributed By: Judy Rodenstein
Email The Author: jrodenstein@achp.gov
Website: http://www.achp.gov

Summer Internships Now Available at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Washington, DC)
Are you, or do you know of, a student interested in the preservation,  enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources? The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C., has internship opportunities available for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. A small, independent federal agency, the ACHP oversees the historic preservation review process for federal projects and conducts a variety of preservation programs dealing with promoting public appreciation of cultural heritage, national preservation policy and legislation, Native American interests, economic development and community revitalization, sustainability, diversity, and youth engagement.

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 our historic preservation partners nationwide. Interns will become familiar with the full range of work of the agency and the roles of preservation partners through orientation, training, and by participating in meetings to observe the development and implementation of federal historic preservation policy, as well as programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations. Advisory Council members, staff, and the ACHP Foundation assist interns with networking and advice.

Internships at the ACHP are flexible and can be for the summer (10-12 weeks) or an alternative period of time, such as a quarter or a semester during the school year. Specific assignments will be developed based on the skills and interests of selected interns. Interns are volunteers, though a 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 – Deadline February 12, 2020

Apply using the form found at www.achp.gov/internships/summer-internships-2020 and a resume. Fill out the form, “save as” on your computer 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.  For more information on the ACHP and its work, please visit www.achp.gov

Potential 2020 Projects

In addition to supporting emerging priorities through work with the Offices of Communications, Education, and Outreach; Federal Agency Programs; General Counsel; Native American Affairs; and Preservation Initiatives, interns may:

·  Research and develop materials highlighting the importance and benefits of historic preservation for all Americans. Help develop outreach strategies and communication tailored for a variety of audiences, including Congress, young audiences, preservation partners, and the general public. (OCEO)                       

·   Suggest ideas and research and draft content for the ACHP Web site and social media. Help expand the agency’s social media presence.  Assist with event planning and execution.(OCEO)

·  Assist in the development of Section 106 training courses, including participating in the updating and adaptation of existing webinars to an e-Learning format. Based on your knowledge of PowerPoint, learn how to use the e-Learning software (Articulate 360) to produce courses for posting on the ACHP’s Learning Management System. Assist in the development of content for new training webinars and the preparation of fact sheets or other publications to educate federal agency staff, preservation professionals, and other stakeholders about Section 106-related topics. (OFAP)  

·  Interact with and assist OFAP staff in their roles in Section 106 case review. (OFAP)  

·  Compile a comprehensive legislative history of the tribal and Native Hawaiian provisions in the National Historic Preservation Act with specific attention to the definition and use of key terms such as Indian tribe, tribal land, and properties of
religious and cultural significance. Compare the NHPA’s development and use of such terms, including their incorporation in the Section 106 regulations, to other
related laws such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
and the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.  (OGC/ONAA)

· Assess the policy and compliance implications for governmental and tribal practitioners operating under these laws. Identify key differences and areas of potential conflict. Identify areas where additional guidance would be useful.  (OGC/ ONAA)

· Research and help develop new material related to current preservation policy initiatives as well as the impact of past Preserve America grants. (OPI)

· Assist with enhancing and updating online content, archiving program documentation, and acquiring current contacts, images, and program examples. (OPI)

Relevant skills include strong research, writing, and organizational ability; comfort with contacting, meeting, and interviewing people by phone or in person; experience with developing and managing content for the Web and social media; and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. Some familiarity with historic preservation is desirable, but not required The OGC/ONAA projects are best suited to a law student.

Past interns say…

“I loved how friendly and welcoming everyone was. Even though it's a federal
agency, it's small enough that you can easily meet people and learn about what
they do. I also appreciated how flexible the ACHP was in making my internship
project work for my graduate program, and I felt like I was doing substantive
work, both with the work directly related to my project, and the everyday work
that I did." 

-   Diana Maxwell, Senior Grants Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation

“One of the best parts of my internship at the ACHP was the opportunity to learn about preservation across the entire country. Reading about communities and projects in Colorado, Alaska, and American Samoa really opened my eyes to the diversity of preservation in the United States.

“From a practical side, the internship taught me valuable skills for any job, including program management, agency interaction with the public, and writing for specific audiences. I translate the knowledge I gained about the National Historic
Preservation Program into my current position.

“It was great working alongside the staff at the ACHP, as I was treated as a fellow staff member and not just an intern. They allowed me to take initiative on certain projects”

-   Raina Regan, Senior Manager, Easement Program, National Trust for Historic
Preservation

“I highly recommend the ACHP internship program to any student or emerging professional interested in government, history, urban/community planning, architecture, or cultural studies; all will find relevant and valuable experiences with the ACHP. Staff members in the small agency are a close-knit group and provide personal, one-on-one guidance to interns. The ACHP is genuinely interested in helping interns develop professionally and provides many opportunities to do so both within the agency itself and throughout the DC arena.”  
-  Emily Sisler, Planner, City of Hendersonville, NC


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Posted: January 8, 2020
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