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Undergraduates treating an American history diorama from Tuskegee University Collections as part of an internship led by objects conservator Emily Brown.

​Philip De Paola making rare book supports for 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

Annabelle Fichtner cleaning a sculpture for her summer internship at Arizona State Museum with Dr. Nancy Odegaard.

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 (pictured below) 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.

AnnaLivia McCarthy was a service learning intern with Winterthur Musuem's youth education outreach program called Terrific Tuesdays/Thrilling Thursdays.

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

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.

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.


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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489
  • art-conservation@udel.edu