Pre-Program conservation internship at the NMAI

So here is post one on a amazing sounding internship that I discovered not to long ago. It is with the Conservation Office at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and is basically a program that you could use for useful training and experience before applying for a graduate conservation program.

Some of the facts about the program are:

  1. 6 month internship is  for students  planning to go onto a  graduate-level training program in art conservation
  2. Internship will allow students to develop a portfolio of work ( which many programs highly recommend or require)
  3. It is a paid internship!

So this program is basically something that anyone coming from a non conservation undergraduate degree would probably benefit from. I know me personally as a chemist it has been hard trying to find work with a certified conservationist.

Important details for applying:

  1. Applications are due  February 15
  2. Application materials required:
    • Online application
    • Essay (no more than 2 pages) addressing the following points:
      • Why do you want to become a conservator?
      • What do you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how does it relate to your academic and career goals?
      • What in particular about the NMAI interests you and leads you to apply for an internship?
    • Transcripts (unofficial are preferred). A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected (with withdrawals and incompletes explained).
    • Curriculum vitae or résumé
    • Three letters of recommendation; two from professional referees and one can be from a personal referee (not a family member)

    Some of this information was taken from the NMAI website ( ex. the Application Materials required portion.)

If you would like to check out the actual website click here.


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