Job Listing: Summer Conservation Intern

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA

Salary: $10/hour

Closes: March 1

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.

Selected candidates will spend ten weeks working under the supervision of the paintings, objects, and works on paper conservators. They will learn about conservation materials and practices, performing technical analysis, executing conservation treatments, documenting all conservation work, collaborating with other VMFA departments, and presenting research to VMFA staff, regional conservators, and the general public.


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 Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Interested 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, and two letters of recommendation by Sunday, March 1, 2020. (A system generated e-mail request will be sent to the reference contacts provided once the application is submitted.) Candidates selected for interviews will be notified within roughly one week of the closing date.

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485, if assistance is needed.

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