Equity in Historic Preservation

2022 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.

About the Internship

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 collect several years’ data on:

  1. The number, type and distribution of historic properties in King County that are individually listed on the local (city and county) registers, and which derive their significance from association with underrepresented communities;
  2. Listed historic properties that do not include or fully engage their association with underrepresented communities, for which additional documentation is warranted; and,
  3. How individually designated, culturally significant properties have been reviewed, managed and interpreted.

Eligibility and Qualifications

The internship is open to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and recent graduates with a specialization in public history, historic preservation, or related design and planning fields. A background in archival research and documentation of historic properties is essential and working knowledge of basic database management in Excel/Access and GIS is preferred. Candidates from BIPOC communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Pay and Logistics

The internship will begin in June 2022 and is expected to go through August, with some flexibility for length of internship, weekly work commitment, and work location. The anticipated stipend is $5,000 for 200 hours of work, with the potential to increase this depending on available funding.

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 municipal archives and libraries, accessible by public transit, as needed. Research supplies and a computer workspace at 4Culture will be provided for the duration of the internship. Bi-weekly progress reports will be required during the internship period, at least two formal presentations on collected research, and a final written report at 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 a cover letter including statement of interest and two academic or professional reference contacts, resume/CV, and one brief writing sample (between 5 and 10 pages). Send your application to Dana Phelan at dana.phelan@4culture.org.

The complete application is due by Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5 pm. Applicant will be notified of selection by April 22, 2022.