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Subject: Internship sought

Internship sought

From: Gustavo Araoz <garaoz>
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2003
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I apologize for not writing individually, but time is short and this
opportunity may pass us all by if I take the time to do individual
letters. As you probably know, for the past 20 years US/ICOMOS has
been running an international exchange of preservation internships.
Each summer we send American preservationists to work overseas, and
bring to the United States bright and mostly young preservation
professionals from all over the world and place them in
participating host institutions all over the country. Among the host
organizations have been many offices of the National Park Service,
Historic Charleston Foundation, Cornerstones Community Partnerships,
the Dayton Society of Natural History, the Landmarks Foundation of
Indiana, Boston City Hall, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the
Presidio Trust of San Francisco, The New York Landmarks Conservancy,
Tudor Place, etc.

US/ICOMOS Interns are not students, they are fully practicing
professionals specializing in heritage conservation.

This year we have a wonderful and particularly strong candidate from
Australia for the US/ICOMOS International Intern Exchange, but
unfortunately, since we must first assign interns from those
countries with whom we have bilateral bilateral exchanges, we have
run out of posts. I am writing, then, to ask whether your own
institution, or any other one that you know of in your community and
professional network would be interested in, plus has the budget to
take this Australian. The cost of an internship to the host
institution is $6,500, and US/ICOMOS take a care of securing proper
visas, issuing the biweekly stipend, paying for orientation costs,
basic insurance, etc. Beside the payment, all host institutions are
required to do is find adequate local housing (which the intern pays
out of the stipend) and provide a 12 week supervised professional
internship in a project in preservation, starting on the 27th of May
and ending the 15th of August.

The candidate in question was picked by Australia ICOMOS from many
applicants from that country as their top and only choice.
Candidates from Australia are traditionally among the most
hard-working and productive. She is a practicing preservationist and
comes with the highest recommendations from ICOMOS Vice President
Sheridan Burke, in whose Sydney firm she has a permanent job. She
holds a bachelor of Sci in Architecture, a Master in Heritage
Conservation (with honors--the Honours Dissertation is on
Conservation of Architectural Ceramics in Australia), and a
certificate in Tourism. Completed actualization courses on
conservation of traditional materials, exterior masonry care,
conservation of corrugated iron, et al. She has experience in the
private sector on site investigation, recording and analysis;
preparation of Conservation Plans, heritage assessment, Env Impact;
she can do AutoCAD and MapInfo.

Sheridan Burke adds in her recommendation that the candidate has
considerable field experience, and is very strong in report writing,
database development, CAD and digital photography.

It would be a real shame to turn her away. If you think you have a
post or possible post for her, contact Grachel Kubatitis in
US/ICOMOS: gkubaitis [at] usicomos__org

Thanks for your help,
Gustavo Araoz
Executive Director
US/ICOMOS


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