US/ICOMOS offers an international Summer Internship each year. It is offered to those who are full members of Australia ICOMOS and while there are no age restrictions, the program is designed for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or and have been working professionally for 1-3 years. Those eligible can apply for the program (via Australia ICOMOS), which runs annually for three months between June and August.
The program consists of a three-month, practical working internship, under professional supervision, with a host public or private non-profit preservation organisation. This program provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the US preservation system, as well as the different levels of national, state and local government responsibility involved in the preservation of the cultural heritage in the US. The program is not a study tour or a preservation course – the internships are based on the principle of hands-on experience, with interns assigned projects that they are expected to execute and complete with the same degree of professionalism and responsibility as project staff.
The selection process for the US/ICOMOS internship is highly competitive; approximately one in five applications is successful. Australia ICOMOS generally advertises for Expressions of Interest (via the website and E-News) in early November and December – we encourage applicants to spend time on their application and ensure it is of the highest quality.
For further information on the program, see the Intern page of the US/ICOMOS website.