(Note: US/ICOMOS Internships are real work internships for heritage professionals or advanced graduate students in preservation. US/ICOMOS Internship Exchanges are NOT training internships for students.)
US/ICOMOS is happy to announce the launching on the 20th of May of the XXth Season of its International Summer Intern Exchange Program.
This is a unique initiative that allows young preservation professionals to develop practical work experience through immersion in a cultural context other than their own for a period of 12 weeks. Over the life of the Program, more than 500 young professionals from 63 countries have benefited from this opportunity, which each year ushers in a new generation of preservation specialists into ICOMOS and the international arena of heritage conservation. Through the tenacious generosity of sustained supporters, such as the Samuel H Kress Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Marpat Foundation, our own US/ICOMOS Board plus our individual members, the program has survived through lean and fat years, and through the many evolutions of the preservation field. Crucial to the program have also been our loyal partners from all over the world, the institutional hosts who receive the US/ICOMOS interns, assigning them work, and helping them discover a new cultural milieu and the complexity of humanity's built heritage.
Born out of a simple, one-time bilateral exchange with France, later made permanent with the United Kingdom, the Summer Intern Program has expanded form the UK exchange to add solid repeat partnerships for bilateral exchanges with Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, India, Malta and Romania. In addition, each year US/ICOMOS receives a number of interns from ICOMOS countries who cannot receive interns from the United States. Our principal partner, the National Park Service has been host to hundreds of overseas interns.
For the XXth season, the roster of interns is as follows:
Graciela Valeria Druetta of Argentina will be posted with the National PArk Service in the Channel Islands, California.This is a new host site that US/ICOMOS welcomes.
Armen Nushveran Toplaghalstyan of Armenia, will be posted to the National Park Service Blandair Project in Maryland.
Jennifer Anna Armstrong of Godden Mackay Logan Pty Ltd in Sidney, Australia, will be posted with the National Park Service in Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina
Archaeologist Elizabeth de Gaetano of Malta and Luis David Flores Soliz of Bolivia will be posted with the National Park Service in the World Heritage Site of Mesa Verde in New Mexico
Velina Atanasova Panzharova of Bulgaria will be hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation in South Carolina. HFC is among the most loyal private institutions participating in the program year after year.
Yiqing Yan of China will be posted to National Capital Region of the National Park Service.
Jacobo Herdoiza of Ecuador will be hosted by Cornerstones Community Partnerships in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first private organization to host an intern years ago.
A team from Germany consisting of Sylvia Nadine Bauer from the Otto Friederich Univeristyt, Philip Caston of Neubrandenburg University and Arnold Kaisel from the University of Bamberg, will be hosted by the National Park Service in the Wooden Covered Bridges Project in Vermont. Francesco Lanza of the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, in Italy; Miciko Tanato of Japan, and Dorottya Makay of the Transylvanian Trust Foundation in Cluj, Romania, will also be part of this team.
Shalini Mahajan of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in New Delhi, will be hosted by the National Park Service at its Historic American Building Survey Woodlands Project in Philadelphia.
Siobhan Duffy from Archaeological Project Inc in Ireland will be hosted by the Dayton Society for Natural History in Ohio. The Dayton Society has been a repeat host for several years.
Emmeline Jane Henederson of University College in Dublin, Ireland will be hosted the Office of the Chief Architect, at the Center for Historic Buildings of the General Services Administration in Washington, DC.
Veronica Dado of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines in Manila will be hosted by the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, California.
Izabella Katarzyna Balik of the National Centre for Historical Monument Studies and Documentation will be hosted by the National Park Service in the HABS Barton Project in Bethesda, Maryland
Magdalena Karakova of the Slovak Institute for Monuments in Bratislava will be hosted by the National Park Service at the Historic American Engineering Record in Washington, DC.
The Americans going overseas are as follows:
Kristen Marie Burton of Gibbons Frotman & Weber Architecture + Design, Chicago will be hosted by ICOMOS Bulgaria in Sofia
Ricarda Pangeliana Cepeda of the Architectural Resources Group in San Francisco will be hosted by the Transylvanian Trust in Romania
Matthew G Crawford of the Archaeological Service of Clark County in Oregon will be hosted by the Coa Valley Archaeological Park in Portugal
Thomas Gibney of the University of Georgia will be hosted by the National Centre for Historical Monuments Studies and Documentation in Warsaw, Poland.
Denise Huffman of the University of Virginia will be hosted by the Msundizi Municipality's REHaBCO Project in South Africa.
Ingrid Iglesias of the University of Puerto Rico will be hosted by ICOMOS Ecuador in Quito and other historic cities in Ecuador.
Amal Sachedia of Boston will be hosted by the Valletta Rehabilitation Project in Malta
Christopher Linn Sanders of Andersson Wise Architects in Austin, Texas, will be hosted by the Mediterranean Centre for Built Heritage in Split, Croatia.
Richard W Sidebottom of the University of Virginia, will be hosted by the National Trust of Great Britain in Tyntesfield.
An internship hosted by INTACH in India, scheduled to start in the fall, still needs to be filled.
Congratulations to the 2003 Interns and safe journey!
If your institution or organization is interested in hosting an intern in 2004, contact Ms Grachel Kubaitis for full details on how it can be done. US/ICOMOS is always and avidly looking for new private preservation organizations plus state and local government heritage agencies to act as host interns. US/ICOMOS also seeks overseas partners who would host American interns, in all countries, in every continent. If your organization does not have sufficient funds to sustain an intern, but are interested, send Ms Kubaitis a brief description of your particular needs and the work of your organization. US/ICOMOS Internships are real work internships for heritage professionals or advanced graduate students in preservation. US/ICOMOS Internship Exchanges are NOT training internships for students.
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