4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, is committed to increasing the diversity of cultural resources that are identified, protected, and interpreted, to be more representative of the multicultural populations in King County. This internship will provide research experience related to historic preservation practice in the region, with the goal of documenting properties with social and cultural significance to underrepresented communities, and exploring ways to strengthen processes to protect and interpret them.
This internship will build upon previous research on how historic cultural properties associated with underrepresented communities have fared in local landmark designation processes. The intern will conduct more in-depth research on property types in two categories:
- designated landmarks that do not recognize or fully engage their association with underrepresented communities, for which additional documentation is warranted
- historic cultural properties associated with underrepresented communities that have not been nominated, were nominated but not designated, or may not meet initial qualification criteria for nomination
The internship is open to full time students (upper level undergraduate and graduate), and recent graduates with a specialization in history, historic preservation, or related design and planning fields. A background in archival research and documentation of historic properties is essential. Candidates from communities of color are especially encouraged to apply.
The duration of the internship is from June 18-August 24, 2018 (some flexibility is possible). The intern will receive a stipend of $5,000 (25 hours per week for 10 weeks).
Intern will be supervised by staff at 4Culture and one University of Washington College of Built Environments faculty. The intern will work independently, including making visits to local archives and libraries, accessible by public transit, as needed. Research supplies and a computer work space at 4Culture will be provided for the duration of the internship. Bi-weekly progress reports will be required during the employment period, and a final report and presentation with the conclusion of the internship.
You may choose to seek academic credit with this internship, but it is not required. If you will be seeking academic credit, please let us know of any requirements we will need to fulfill.