A small, independent federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation advises the President and Congress on national preservation policy and related legislation, 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 and community revitalization, Native American interests, sustainability, building a more inclusive preservation program, and youth engagement. The agency's mission is the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation's diverse historic resources.
Interns 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. They also participate in programs with others interning at related agencies and organizations. Advisory Council members, staff, and the ACHP Foundation assist interns with networking and advice.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking a second year law student to complete an independent project: updating the agency's Section 106 case law book (see https://www.achp.gov/sites/default/files/2018-10/Section%20106%20Casebook%201966%20though%202000.pdf). The selected legal intern will conduct a comprehensive review of Section 106 litigation in federal courts from 2000 to 2020, identifying common fact patterns and trends. The purpose of this update is to inform the advice and guidance OGC provides to agency staff and Section 106 practitioners in developing agency policy and participating in Section 106 reviews. The final project will include individual case summaries as well as an analysis of the findings and likely outcomes for future challenges.
Interns may also assist with other emerging priorities through work with the Offices of Communications, Education, and Outreach; Federal Agency Programs; General Counsel; Native American Affairs; and Preservation Initiatives.
Professional staff members supervise all interns and projects can be tailored so that academic credit can be awarded. The ACHP Foundation provides a stipend (equivalent to $12/hour). This internship is for 10-12 weeks, full-time, and will be managed remotely.