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 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 and transport.

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 the conservation lab or studio in which he/she would like to intern. The labs/studios include: Asian Conservation (two-dimensional works), or Textile Conservation.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in the conservation of works of art in the MFA’s collections 
  • Assisting in conducting examinations 
  • Undertaking research necessary to support conservation treatments 
  • Preparing documentation for exhibitions/loans 
  • Assisting in and performing other conservation-related duties as appropriate


  • Enrollment in a recognized graduate art conservation training program, seeking to complete internship requirement, or post graduate proposing focused study on specific area of interest 
  • Proven 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, through mid August), or specific hours as stipulated by intern’s graduate program 
  • Ability to attend an orientation on either Tues, May 26 (9am-12noon) or Tues, June 9 (9am-12noon)




Part Time


30.00 - 35.00 hours per week

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


February 3, 2015


Conservation Administration