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Library of Congress Advanced Conservation (Final-Year) Internships in Book, Paper, or Photograph Conservation

The Library of Congress Conservation Division is the oldest and largest conservation lab in the United States for the conservation of book, paper, and photograph materials. For more than 40 years, the Division has hosted Advanced Conservation (Final-Year) Internships, contributing to the education of almost 200 conservators. In more recent years, the Division has been able to host a total of three Advanced Conservation interns – one each in book, paper, and photograph conservation.

The internships are treatment-focused and collaboratively supervised by senior conservators. Treatment projects support the Division’s responsibilities and involve items from the Library’s special collections.

The Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology expedition

Archaeological Conservation Student Internships (2 positions) Turkey Summer 2016

The Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology expedition is seeking two conservation student interns for the summer of 2016. Priority will be given to students currently enrolled in a conservation program. Students must be fluent in the English language.

In 2009 excavation of two new mound sites commenced, Yassihoyuk and Buklukale, located approximately 20-30 km from Kaman in Central Anatolia, in addition to Kalehoyuk which has been ongoing since 1986. The primary cultural levels are Hittite, Phrygian, and Islamic. Interns have the opportunity to participate in an active conservation program that emphasizes fieldwork, preventive approaches to archaeological conservation, and research.

National Air and Space Museum: Conservation Internships

Two conservation interns are requested to assist the NASM Conservation unit with examination, documentation, conservation treatment and rehousing of objects in the NASM collection. The interns will work with NASM conservators and contract conservators as part of a larger project team. Object types are widely varied and include the full range of materials relating to the history of aviation and space exploration. The interns will work in the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Interns must have a car in order to work at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Volunteers needed at Iron Hill Museum

Iron Hill Museum in Newark, Delaware is seeking volunteers to help with their comprehensive inventory project. Duties include cataloging, photographing, and rehousing the natural history collection of taxidermy, archaeology, geology, and iron mining history related objects. Work is done mostly on Saturdays, but other days are also possible to fit the schedule of the volunteer. Those interested should contact Caroline Western (UD '13) at

Costume Collection Internship

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to offer internship positions for qualified applicants interested in enhancing their experience with the care, handling and interpretation of costume collections. Interns participating in this project will assist collection staff in the identification, preliminary condition reporting, photography, and re-housing of the extensive costume collection. Interns will have the opportunity to enhance their preventive conservation, documentation, and handling skills as well as gain knowledge of museum collections management and registration methodology. In addition, interns will have opportunities to contribute to the Maryland Historical Society’s blog devoted to the costume collection.

Volunteer: Audiovisual Collections Preservation and Location Management Assistant Hagley Museum and Library - Wilmington - DE

Job description

The Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at Hagley Museum and Library is seeking volunteers to assist with preservation activities of archival collections which consists of testing the acidity of current housing materials, re-foldering and re-boxing collections as necessary, and, maintaining the intellectual descriptive and identifying information with the new housing. Additional projects include composing and maintaining shelf-lists and assisting with the management of collection locations. Other projects will vary based on skill-level.

Mount Vernon Object Conservation Internship

Internship in Objects Conservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon has a paid summer internship in the conservation of objects in the fine and decorative arts collection for the summer of 2015.  The internship is open to current Art Conservation graduate students at a recognized Art Conservation graduate program or recent graduates thereof.

The intern will focus on the treatment and coating of silver and other metal objects in the mansion and museum at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  Additionally, the intern will be involved with the set-up of a recently acquired portable XRF and establishment of analysis protocols.  Other activities can be tailored to the interest of the intern where possible.

This internship will be 5 days per week for 8-12 weeks, starting in mid- to late June.  Compensation in the amount of $5,000 (gross) is offered, payable on Mount Vernon’s bi-weekly pay schedule.

Pilgrim Art Restoration Polychrome Wooden Altarpiece Internship, Spain

Pilgrim Art Restoration Polychrome Wooden Altarpiece Internship, Spain

Pilgrim Art Restoration is currently looking for suitable candidates to participate in this practical training internship. Pilgrim Art Restoration specializes in polychrome wooden altarpieces. They offer a 12-20 week international practical training internship in the conservation and restoration of painting and sculpture for emerging professionals from a range of backgrounds. Tasks include: removal of repainting, mechanical and chemical cleaning, lining, molding, gilding with gold leaf, color retouching, and consolidation and structural wood reintegration into the main structure of the altarpiece.

The monthly fee of $1,500 USD includes full tuition for the international practical training internship, tools and materials for fieldwork, and accommodation in the monastery and food. The course fee does not include the application fee, flights to and from Spain, travel to the Monastery, or mandatory health insurance.

Furniture Conservation Internship, Long Island, NY

Furniture Conservation Internship, Long Island, NY

Period Furniture Conservation has immediate openings for two paid internships.  Successful candidates will treat surface damage to a large collection of historic furniture.  Treatments will include transparent and painted coatings, and gilded surfaces. Candidates should be willing to initially travel outside of New York City to work onsite for a week or so.  The balance of the treatments will be performed in the studio of Period Furniture Conservation in Long Island City. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on an outstanding furniture collection. 

Henry Ford Museum Curatorial Costume Internship

Henry Ford Museum Curatorial Costume Internship

This internship, focused around the Roddis Clothing Collection, offers interdisciplinary experience in archival arrangement and description, material culture documentation, and exhibit development. The Roddis Collection, a recent acquisition of clothing and accessories, documents the story of a style-conscious, American upper-middle class family from the Midwest. The collection also includes paper and electronic copies of Roddis family documents and photographs; ephemera; and periodicals.

Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable. The Simmons Internship Program is funded by the Vera W. and Walter E. Simmons Endowment Fund.

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