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.

The Conservation Graduate Paintings Intern will gain hands-on experience in the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Paintings Conservation Studio, participating in a variety of projects to further develop their conservation skills, while gaining valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a conservation lab.  Intern will perform tasks appropriate to their abilities and training in the examination, documentation, and treatment of paintings. Intern will be expected to carry out tasks in support of the day-to-day operations of the lab.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Examining, documenting, and treating works of art in the MFA’s collections under guidance of staff conservators
  • Undertaking research necessary to support conservation treatments
  • Performing other duties as appropriate


  • Currently enrolled in a recognized graduate art conservation training program 
  • Previous museum experience desirable
  • 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 
  • Email a single MS-Word  or PDF document containing your cover letter & resume to:  
  • Ability to attend orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  on Tues, May 30, or Tues, June 13
  • Ability to commit 5 days per week (9am-5pm) for a period of at least 7 weeks through mid-August 




Part Time


30.00 - 35.00 hours per week

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


March 2, 2017


Conservation Administration