Conservation Pre-Program 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 the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, gaining hands-on experience and valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a conservation lab. Intern will be expected to assist in - and learn to - perform tasks in support of collections care and conservation procedures.

Applicant MUST specify within the cover letter 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 conservators with written and photographic documentation

Assisting conservators in the treatment of works of art in the MFA’s collections

Undertaking research necessary to support conservation treatments

Preparing documentation for exhibitions/loans

Assisting with other conservation-related duties as appropriate


  • Enrolled in and returning to an undergraduate program pursuing a career in art conservation and seeking to gain experience with a pre-program internship before enrollment in a graduate program
  • Previous museum experience desirable
  • 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 
  • *Students applying to the Scientific Research lab must have successfully completed an organic chemistry course and lab
  • Ability to commit 1-3 days per week through mid August
  • Ability to attend an orientation on either Tues, May 26 (9am-12noon) or Tues, June 9 (9am-12noon) 




Part Time


7.00 - 21.00 hours per week

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


February 3, 2015


Conservation and Collections Mgmt, Collections Management