Equity in Historic Preservation 2019 Summer Internship

About the Internship

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 exploring ways to strengthen processes to identify, protect, and interpret socially and culturally significant properties.

This internship will build upon previous research on how historic properties associated with underrepresented communities have fared in local landmark designation processes. The intern will focus on historic resources survey methodology, and will examine how past surveys in Seattle and King County have incorporated considerations of social and cultural significance, and have identified relevant aspects of integrity.

Eligibility and Qualifications

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. Experience with GIS data and tools is strongly preferred. Candidates from communities of color are especially encouraged to apply.

The duration of the internship is from June 24-August 23, 2019 (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 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.


Submit resume/CV, cover letter including statement of interest and two academic or professional reference contacts, and one brief writing sample. Send your application to Brandi Link at brandi.link@4culture.org.

The complete application is due by Friday, March 15, 2019, at 5 pm. Applicant will be notified of selection by April 5, 2019.