The World Heritage USA International Exchange Program (IEP) provides advanced training and hands-on experience for preservation professionals early in their careers. Hosting an intern enables an organization to establish international connections and help train future professionals through preservation work experience at a modest cost to the host organization. The IEP fosters lifelong relationships between participants and their host organizations, creating a global network of heritage professionals. Since the program’s launch in 1984 by ICOMOS-USA, these connections have resulted in continued collaboration between people, communities, and organizations on heritage projects around the world.
Public or private nonprofit heritage organizations interested in hosting an intern must formulate a project that can be completed by the intern within a 10-12 week period. The project should provide the intern with practical work experience / training and must be supervised by a designated mentor for the duration of the internship. Hosts commit to providing for all project-related expenses, arranging for intern housing, and completing two internship evaluations.