Conservation Graduate Internship

Conservation and Collections Management is an integral part of the Museum’s stated purpose to hold its collections in trust for future generations. Members of the department promote the long-term preservation of artworks through development of conservation treatments, study of materials and techniques, scholarly research and documentation. The department follows internationally established standards to document and maintain the aesthetic and physical integrity of works of art through six conservation disciplines, an analytical facility, and a collections management division responsible for safe exhibition, storage, transport, as well as the collections database.

Intern will have hands-on experience participating in a variety of projects to further develop his/her conservation skills while gaining valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a conservation lab. The department will also work with intern to find ways, in the context of overall departmental priorities, to allow in-depth study of the intern’s preferred subject.

Applicant MUST specify with the cover letter the conservation lab or studio in which he/she would like to intern. The labs/studios for fall 2015 include: Asian Conservation (2-dimensional artworks); Furniture and Frame Conservation; Textile Conservation; and Scientific Research.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in the conservation of works of art in the MFA’s collections
  • For Scientific Research internships, assisting scientists in testing museum materials and environments
  • Conducting examinations
  • Undertaking research necessary to support conservation treatments
  • Preparing documentation for exhibitions/loans
  • Performing other duties as appropriate


  • Graduate student in a recognized art conservation training program looking to complete internship requirement, or post graduate proposing focused study on specific area of interest
  • Students applying to the Scientific Research lab must have a major or minor in a science field
  • Attention to detail
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, and database programs (training in use of the Museum’s database system will be provided)
  • Ability to perform tasks in professional manner and with discretion when working with confidential records
  • Ability to commit 5 days per week, 9am-5pm, or specific hours as stipulated by intern’s graduate program 
  • Email a single MS-Word document containing your cover letter & resume to: 
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 26 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 7 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


30.00 - 35.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within M-F, 9a-5p


February 3, 2015


Conservation Administration