The International Exchange Program review and selection process is conducted in two phases.
All applications to the International Excahnge Program are reviewed by the World Heritage USA IEP Committee. The committee selects the best applicant for each available project. Interns are selected on the basis of skill, demonstrated commitment to preservation, previous experience, and academic concentration in the field. They are also chosen based on their ability to represent ICOMOS, their national committee of ICOMOS, and their country in an exchange program. Most importantly, interns are selected based on how well their skills, training, interest and previous experience align with the needs of host organizations. Therefore, not every qualified candidate will be selected to participate in the IEP.
After the World Heritage USA IEP Committee has made recommendations for intern selections and project assignments, selected interns applications are sent to the host organizations for review and approvel. Host organizations give the final approval of intern selection and assignment.
Applicants will be notified by email if their application has been selected for submission to a host organization. This notification is sent around early to mid-March, if possible.
Final email notification of acceptance to participate in the IEP will be sent as soon as the host organization agrees to accept the intern. Selected interns will then receive an information packet via email.
Please note that, on occasion, a selected applicant cancels before the start of their internship. Likewise, new internships may develop after the initial round of review. Therefore, World Heritage USA will keep all intern applications on file for the duration of the year in case new opportunities arise.
Questions about the application process should be directed to Katelynn Cunningham, IEP Program Coordinator at programs@WorldHeritageUSA.org