In the Second Year, the student focuses on their specialty of choice with the objective of continuing the development of basic hand skills, a thorough ability to examine and document the condition of cultural property, problem solving and ethical treatment decision making, and an understanding of the care and preservation of specialty objects. Specializations include furniture, objects, painted & decorative surfaces, paintings, paper, photographic materials, and textiles. Students in all specialities can also declare one additional concentration, such as preventive conservation.
The entire Third Year, or internship, is spent under the supervision and mentoring of a conservation professional(s) at one or more host institution(s) or private laboratories, where the student should function as a cooperative and productive staff member. The fundamental objectives of this phase are to broaden the student's exposure to specialty object problems and treatments, refine hand skills, build confidence in object assessment and decision making, improve report-writing skills, and develop responsible professionalism.