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Undergraduates Hannah Blank (left) and Miriam-Helene Rudd treating a painting as part of an internship led by Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Image Credit Joyce Hill Stoner, Winterthur).

Philip De Paola making supports for rare books during an internship with Dr. Melissa Tedone, Library Conservator.

Undergraduate Internships 

Undergraduates in the Art Conservation program at the University of Delaware are encouraged to pursue summer and winter internships in order to cultivate a familiarity with the museum field. Undergraduates undertake a variety of educational experiences across the United States and globally. From the documentation and treatment of dresses from the early twentieth century to participating in the operation of an art gallery in Italy, students have explored the endless avenues of opportunity that cultural, historic, and artistic institutions can provide to those eager to learn. Whether gaining pre-program experience for graduate studies in art conservation or pursuing a career in collections management and other museum-related positions, students develop the valuable skills necessary to be responsible custodians of cultural heritage through their active participation in the care and preservation of material culture.

Recent Student Internship Experiences

Throughout the 2020 UD Winter session, Francine Mancuso interned with the Historical Odessa Foundation in Delaware studying conservation techniques and practices under the guidance of the institution's head conservator, Betty Fiske.  

Yulimar Luna Colon acted as a teaching assistant for the Photography Preservation Workshop in Puerto Rico alongside Debra Hess Norris during the 2020 winter session.

Sara Leonowitz performed XRF analysis on Victorian-era cloth-bound books as part of a research project led by Winterthur's library conservator Dr. Melissa Tedone in the summer of 2019.

Undergraduate student, Kelsey Marino, has been treatings painting as part of an internship led by Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner at Winterthur Museum since June 2019.

Rachel Dunscomb worked on research on dye complexes with chemists Dr. Alcantará-García and Dr. Cecil Dybowski (Francis Alison Professor of Chemistry, UD) in the summer of 2018. 

Annabelle Fichtner interned in the preservation laboratory at Arizona State Museum on Tucson with Dr. Nancy Odegaard, object conservator and professor, in the summer of 2018.

Emma Heath worked in UD's Chemistry Department on research during the summer of 2018.

AnnaLivia McCarthy was a service-learning intern with Winterthur Museum's youth education outreach program called Terrific Tuesdays/Thrilling Thursdays in the summer of 2018.

Philip De Paola (pictured above) worked with Laura Mina (Associate Conservator of Textiles and Head of Lab, Affiliated Assistant Professor) and Dr. Melissa Tedone (Associate Library Conservator and Affiliated Assistant Professor) at Winterthur Museum in the summer of 2018.

Olivia Reiff spent the summer of 2018 taking classes in the San Gemini program in Italy.

Nell Weaver worked on an excavation at the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project in Turkey with Dr. Caitlin O'Grady (Assistant Director of Conservation at Kaymakçi and Lecturer in Conservation, University College London) in the summer of 2018.

Nova Starchio, Kirsten Gobb, Annalivia McCarthy, and Raychelle Osnato worked with Roberto Nardi (mosaic conservation expert at the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica, Rome) on an excavation of a Roman Villa north of Rome in the summer of 2017.

Riley Thomas worked with Dr. Jocelyn Alcantará-García (Conservation Scientist and Assistant Professor of Art Conservation) in the Conservation Science Lab in the summer of 2018. She also worked in the Scientific Lab of the Library of Congress in the summer of 2017.

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489