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The Citywide Monuments Conservation Program and New York City Parks & Recreation, Art & Antiquities Department, seek qualified candidates for the 2016 summer field season. These are 40 hour a week paid positions, Monday through Friday beginning in June for up to three months with a possible extension.

Citywide Monuments Conservation Program conserves and maintains public works of art throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Program participants will gain knowledge of the breadth of the public sculpture collection, its history and conservation needs. The interns will carry out conservation and maintenance treatments on public sculptures and monuments under the direction of experienced monuments conservators. Participants will receive training in photodocumentation, condition assessments, material analysis, and report preparation. In addition, interns will learn and perform conservation treatments including repairing, cleaning, and coating metals; bronze patination; masonry repair; mortar analysis, replication, and repointing; and tool and materials training.

Sculpture and Textile Internships at University of Delaware Spring 2016

We are offering two conservation preprogram internships this spring and we are opening these up to preprogram students through continuing education. 

I.                 Sculpture Conservation – taught by Sculpture Conservator Shelley Smith and Historic Preservationist, Maribel Beas.  This internship will work with public sculptures (stone and bronze) and involve documentation, outreach and treatment.  The internship is on Fridays from noon to five pm on the Newark campus.

II.               Textile Conservation – taught by Dr. Vicki Cassman, Textile Conservator. This internship will work with textile artifacts from the period of WWI and with carpet conservation.  The internship is an introduction to textile conservation, documentation, textile techniques and treatment.  The internship takes place on Mondays 1-6 PM, 120 Old College on the Newark Campus.

Pre-Program Internship in Rare Book and Library Materials Conservation University of Washington Libraries

The University of Washington Libraries is offering a pre-program internship for an individual with a demonstrated interest in conservation. Applicants are expected to be preparing for or enrolled in a graduate level conservation program.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) summer program. Duration is 10 weeks, exact dates falling between July 1 through September 2016. The University of Washington Libraries provides a $5,000 stipend. Applicants should be clear to work in the United States.

Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library is accepting applications for the 2016 Mary and Samuel Somit Preservation Internship. This Internship, established in 2006, has been made possible through the generosity of Dr. Albert Somit (AB '41, PhD '47), University of Chicago alumnus and past president of Southern Illinois University. Dr. Somit has established the Internship to honor his parents’ legacy, serve the needs of the Library’s collection, and prepare individuals for important work to preserve and protect library materials and other scholarly works so that they are available for research and teaching.

The six-week Internship is intended to provide firsthand experience and a broader understanding of the care and treatment of library and archives materials in a large library. The intern will work with the Preservation Librarian to learn about the operations, issues, and challenges of a comprehensive preservation program. Under the guidance of the Head of Conservation the intern will complete a condition survey of Special Collections material. The major outcome of the Internship will be the survey and the report. The Internship project will involve designing the survey tool, mapping collection stacks, conducting the survey by assessing the condition of materials, analyzing the data, and preparing a final report of the project and findings. The intern may also have the opportunity to provide a presentation to Library staff about the project.

2016 Ringle Conservation Summer Internship, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS

40 hours per week; 8 week assignment (between June and September)


Deadline for application is February 19, 2016

The University of Kansas is seeking applicants for its 2016 Summer Conservation Internship. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake and complete a conservation project and gain insight into the workings of a dynamic preservation department. Conservation decision-making and documentation for library and archival collections will be stressed. The main summer project will focus on preparing condition reports, treating, and creating housings for early to mid 20th-century scrapbooks kept by former students at the University of Kansas. Other small projects may be added after agreement by the conservator and intern. Focus will be on special collections and archival materials.

Graduate Conservation Internship in Objects Conservation Summer 2016

George Washington's Mount Vernon is offering a paid summer internship in the conservation of objects in the fine and decorative arts collection for the summer of 2016. The internship is open to current Art Conservation graduate students at a recognized Art Conservation graduate program or recent graduates thereof. Proof of authorization to work in the United States required.

UVA book conservation internship

The University of Virginia Library is pleased to offer the opportunity of a six-week internship for the summer of 2016 in their Preservation Services Department, working with the Book Conservator for the University Library Collections. The purpose of the internship is to perform conservation treatment on a collection of letters from the papers of Socrates Maupin , a former professor and chairman of the faculty and a ledger from the University Archives.

MCI is accepting applications for 2016, contingent on continued funding Application deadline is February 25, 2016

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group, contingent on continued funding. The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers. MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects. Internships will take place during the summer. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall term following the internship. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to: museum studies, art history, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth science, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering. Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is preferred; laboratory experience is not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks starting in late May or early June.

Chadds Ford Historical Society internship

 The Chadds Ford Historical Society is looking for some engaging students to help with a new monthly series they are running starting in February. This series is called “Tavern Talks” (named so because they will be held in our 1714 Barns Brinton House tavern) and it is aimed for people 18 and older, where each month guests will learn about different unexplored aspects of early American history and culture with hands-on activities, games, food tastings, drinks, demonstrations and more. They have an almost finalized list below of the topics they are looking to cover and are just needing some extra hands to help with demonstrations and possibly come up with activities as well! This would be a great opportunity for students looking for internship or volunteer hours or for a project to work on. 

Summer work projects at the Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is offering two summer work projects in the conservation treatment of polychrome panels from a carousel made by the Gustav Dentzel Factory in 1902. The interns will each document and treat a rounding board and then will work together to document and treat one side of a swan chariot.

Each project has been chosen by donors to Shelburne Museum’s Adopt a Carousel Animal Program. Past treatments of rounding boards have involved removal of a darkened linseed oil coating from the painted surfaces and filling and inpainting losses at the curator’s discretion. Past treatment of a chariot from the same carousel involved removal of a darkened coating.

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