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 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 perform tasks in support of collections care and conservation procedures. This internship is available in the following labs: either the Furniture and Frame Conservation Lab; or the Beranek Textile Conservation Lab. (*Applicants must specify in their cover letter which lab they would like to intern in.)

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
  • Performing other duties as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student (or very recent graduate) pursuing a career in art conservation, seeking to gain experience with a pre-program internship before enrollment in a graduate program 
  • Previous museum experience desirable 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, and database programs (training in use of the Museum’s database will be provided)  
  • Ability to perform tasks in a professional manner and with discretion when working with confidential records 
  • Ability to commit to 1-3 days per week through mid December 
  • Ability to attend orientation Sat, Sept 17, (9:30 a.m. to 12 noon) 



Type

Internship

Status

Part Time

Schedule

7.00 - 21.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Posted

February 3, 2015

Department

Conservation and Collections Mgmt, Collections Management