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Home arrowNews arrowJune 26, 2014

Meet the Summer 2014 Interns at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is pleased to be able to host four interns this summer, a record number for the agency. Each of the interns is working with a different office within the agency, supervised by a member of the professional staff. One of the internship positions is supported by the Washington Internships for Native Students program (WINS) which offers students of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) nations the opportunity to build leadership and advocacy skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, D.C. Developed in response to the White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives, this program offers qualified students full scholarships funded by American University and sponsoring organizations. The ACHP Alumni Foundation generously supports stipends for the other three internships and assists the interns with networking and advice.

ACHP summer interns from left: Amanda Barry, Sarah Berger, Burrell Jones, Laura Kennedy
From the left, ACHP's 2014 summer interns:
Amanda Barry, Sarah Berger, Burrell Jones, and Laura Kennedy

Amanda Barry, interning in the Office of Preservation Initiatives, is researching model historic preservation projects and approaches and developing case studies, with a focus on historic resources that help interpret the stories of communities currently under-represented in the preservation program. She will also support planning for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Amanda is a Master's degree student in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University, with a concentration in historic preservation.

Sarah Berger, interning in the Office of Communications, Education, and Outreach, will be researching and drafting stories for the ACHP Web site and Section 106 Success Stories, as well as social media content. She plans to set up an Instagram account for the agency and help develop social media policies, with an eye toward better engaging young people and more diverse audiences in our work and in historic preservation in general. She will also assist with preparations for the ACHP summer business meeting, as well as upcoming conferences and other outreach. Sarah is a recent graduate of the Historic Preservation and Community Planning department at the College of Charleston.

Burrell Jones, interning in the Office of Native American Affairs, is working on several projects. The first is to research and draft an information paper on climate change and its effects on indigenous cultural resources. He is also researching recent international advances in indigenous consultation and the protection of sacred places. Finally, Burrell will be working with interns at the Departments of the Interior and Energy to develop a "message" about sacred places under the Sacred Sites Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and Energy and the ACHP. Burrell is a senior at Northern Arizona University majoring in Applied Indigenous Studies.

Laura Kennedy, interning in the Office of Federal Agency Programs, will be continuing the development of a guidance document on the role of ethnography in the Section 106 process. The questions for the question and answer format guidance have been determined, and Laura will research and write responses in consultation with ACHP staff and the staff of other federal agencies, including the National Park Service. Once completed, the guidance will be disseminated via the Web and social media, and made available for training and conference sessions. Laura has a Master's degree in World Heritage Management from University College, Dublin, Ireland and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University.

All of ACHP's summer interns are provided with an orientation to the agency's work, an orientation (along with other DC-area preservation interns) to the historic preservation work of the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the opportunity to take the ACHP's Section 106 training classes. Supervisors include the interns in meetings with various partners to deepen their understanding of ACHP work and the national preservation program as a whole.


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