The U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) opens applications for Fully Funded US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program 2020 in the USA. An internship program can be 12 weeks in length which includes orientation and the final program. The programs usually run from June to August.
The candidate must have the following qualifications in order to qualify this Fully Funded Exchange Internship Program 2020 in the USA
- University degree in a preservation-related field, such as architecture, landscape architecture, or architectural conservation, with coursework and/or experience in preservation.
- Although there are no age restrictions, the program is for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or those who have been working professionally for 1-3 years.
- In addition to that, there are no exceptions to these limits, due to the popularity of the program.
- Demonstrated skills as well as a commitment to historic preservation.
- Similarly, previous experience and academic concentration in the field, as well as their ability to represent their country in an exchange program.
- Interns whose skills, training, interest and previous experience match the needs of host organizations will have an advantage.
Funding and Stipend
US/ICOMOS provides funding for all internships from a variety of sources. The stipends are to cover basic living expenses (food and housing) for the duration of the internship. US/ICOMOS will also cover housing costs during orientation and the final program in Washington, DC.
In some cases, travel grants may be available for U.S. interns traveling overseas but interns from overseas coming to the U.S. must provide their own round-trip travel unless otherwise arranged. However, the exact amount of the stipends and coverage of travel costs depends on a variety of factors, including the level of donated funding received, whether free or reduced housing is provided by the host organization and the relative cost of living of the internship location.
The interns must agree to maintain the following conditions
- International candidates must obtain a visa and also should arrange for health insurance if necessary.
- Work a 5-day week, keeping the hours of the regular staff, and participate in staff activities. Similarly, complete the assigned project(s) within the duration of the internship.
- Discuss any problems with the host organization’s supervisor and contact US/ICOMOS if the resolution is not possible.
- Try to learn as much as possible about the host country’s preservation techniques and philosophies, as well as local culture.
- Complete two evaluations during the program, and one at the end of the program (using online forms provided by US/ICOMOS).
- Prepare as well as present a PowerPoint presentation and companion presentation board of project findings to be delivered at the concluding symposium.
Visit the official link for more information about the program and application procedure.