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Job Listing: Summer Conservation Intern

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA

Closes: March 8

VMFA is excited to announce three summer internship positions in art conservation. These positions are focused on raising awareness of professional opportunities in art conservation among students of all backgrounds, particularly underrepresented minority populations, who are enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Each internship will focus on one area of conservation specialization, paper, paintings, or objects. While the successful candidates will spend the majority of their time in one conservation lab, they will also have the opportunity to learn about other areas of art conservation as well as general collections care and the museum’s broader operations.

These internships will be held in person at VMFA, strictly following COVID safety protocols. A portion of the internships may also be virtual and incorporate webinars, remote learning opportunities, and virtual meetings or lectures.

Interns will learn proper art handling techniques; participate in collection management activities; participate in the use of scientific and technical conservation equipment; research conservation literature; write condition reports and perform treatments; learn about agents of deterioration; and assist in routine maintenance of the collection and conservation studios. Interns will actively participate in the daily activities of the VMFA conservation studios and become familiar with the American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates should provide evidence of an interest in pursuing art conservation as a career. This can include coursework in art , art history, or chemistry, extracurricular activities, or volunteer service.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates will ideally be enrolled in their first or second year of college or university study.

Special Requirements

Three positions will be filled through this announcement. These positions are generously funded through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and are subject to the continuation of funds.

There is some flexibility in the start and end dates for the internship between mid-May to mid-August. Candidates selected for interviews should be prepared to discuss their general summer availability during the interview. The selected interns will be paid $10/hour for the 10-week internship period.

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

These positions are open to the general public. On-line applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Candidates need to apply through the Commonwealth of Virginia job website, which can be accessed via

All submissions should include a cover letter describing applicant’s interest in art conservation, a résumé, a brief writing sample OR art portfolio (three works of art from any media), and two letters of reference by March 8, 2021.

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified within one week of the closing date and scheduled to interview with the Head Conservators of the three Conservation Departments.

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