Intern participants are selected on a competitive basis for participation in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program. Internships are approximately 12 weeks in length (including orientation and the final program) and are usually scheduled during the summer (from June to August). US/ICOMOS hosts all U.S. and international interns for a program orientation in Washington, DC at the beginning of the summer. Interns then disperse to their various host locations where they complete a preservation-related project designed by the host organization. At the end of the summer, all interns reconvene in Washington, DC for a final debriefing and farewell program.