Go Big or Go Home, Right? Internship Dreamin’

One of the things that commonly scrolls across the post here is Art Conservation(AC) and Historic Preservation(HP)  programs & Internships. Why (because I know that no one is like yes please more grad programs)?  Well simple, I want to go on to another program after I finish up my masters here at WCU. Now that still leaves a problem, I post about AC and HP like the programs go together and they defiently don’t. Lucky me though because material identification is the “same” in the fields. It is just a difference of what you are analyzing, an old house or a piece of art!

Now on to Internship Dreamin’ !!! I am shooting as high as you can go and applying for an amazing internship through The Getty!

I have talked about this place before ,  Graduate Internships at the Getty Conservation Institute . I just never thought I’d get the courage to go for it!!!!

So wish me luck and in case you wanted to know I am planning on applying for an internship in the Science Department with a focus in New Analytical Technologies and Protocols


Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation

When I first started on my short journey of trying to get into the field of Art Conservation, my advisor talked about this program!!! It is defiantly one of the best in the country and would be amazing to get the chance to study here. The program has some amazing advantages such as each student will receive a Fellowship that includes an annual stipend, which increases with each year of study, and a tuition-free scholarship. With all of this programs amazingness comes some stiff prerequisite requirements,below. So if you think about doing art conservation early in you career , I’d work towards getting into this program! Check the program website out here.

Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Museum Studies Courses

A minimum of 6 courses (18 semester credits) in Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, or Museum & Library Studies is required.

Ideally no more than 1-2 of these courses would be introductory survey courses while 4-5 would be upper-level courses in different cultural traditions and/or different historical periods.

Chemistry Courses

A minimum of 4 courses (16 semester credits) in Chemistry is required.

General Chemistry I and II (8 semester credits): 2 courses each with laboratory. These should be freshman level courses required for chemistry or biology majors.

Organic Chemistry I and II (8 semester credits): 2 courses each with laboratory. These should be sophomore level courses required for chemistry or biology majors. One semester survey courses designed for nursing, medical technology students, etc. will not be accepted.

Studio Art Courses

A minimum of 5 courses (15 semester credits) in Studio Arts and Crafts is required.

Drawing (6 semester credits): 2 courses in representational drawing including figure drawing, object drawing, and perspective. (Do not substitute courses in design, printmaking, stage design, architectural drafting, etc. for these requirements.)

Painting (3 semester credits): 1 course in representational painting (still-life, figure, and/or landscape) using traditional painting materials and techniques.

Three-dimensional Design (3 semester credits): 1 course in sculpture, ceramics, glass, weaving, woodworking, or jewelry making.

Studio Arts and Crafts (3 semester credits): 1 additional course from among the following areas: drawing, color, painting, printmaking (intaglio, lithography or woodcut), photography, sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, glassmaking, jewelry making, metal making and fabrication, weaving, tailoring, pattern making, papermaking, bookbinding, letterpress printing.

Conservation Experience

In addition to coursework, applicants must have completed at least 400 hours of documented conservation experience under the supervision of a conservator.

Letters of Recommendations

Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation stating the applicant’s ability to successfully complete and profit from a graduate program in art conservation. At least one of these letters should be from a practicing professional conservator who has supervised the applicant’s conservation work.

Yes that is all you need and man I wish I had the time and opportunities to complete all the prerequisites to get into this program!

Hope this helps!!!!


IMA Scholar Program

Another internship opportunity, and this one is for curatorial research, historic preservation (Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens and Miller House & Garden), or conservation.

The IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art) Scholar program is available for students that are interested in pursuing the above mentioned fields. There are openings for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms and this is also a paid internship!

What you need to apply—

  • Completed application form (IMA-Internship-Application-02-13)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Recommendation letter (you may submit this with your materials or have your referring contact email us her/his letter directly; an academic letter is preferred, however a professional recommendation will be accepted)
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages of an academic sample related to the subject area that you are interested in)
  • Unofficial or official transcript (such as transcripts accessed online, screen shots)

Internship application materials should be submitted by email to the Internship Program. Please name your files as: Firstname Lastname Filename (for example, Caitlyn Phipps Resume)

Due dates

Spring 2014 Dates
(January 21, 2014-May 9, 2014)
Applications due: September 20, 2013
Notifications sent: November 1, 2013

Summer 2014 Dates
(June 9, 2014-August 8, 2014)
Applications due: February 21, 2014
Notifications sent: April 4, 2014

Fall 2014 Dates
(August 27, 2014-December 5, 2014)
Applications due: April 25, 2014
Notifications sent: June 6, 2014

This internship looks like an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in art or historic preservation! If you would like to read more about the program , check it out here.

Graduate Internships at the Getty Conservation Institute

Any one who has ever looked into going into Art Conservation has heard of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). I know that when I was trying to figure out my research project(s) for my Master’s, I read tons of papers that came out of GCI and looked at 2-3 of their books that Coach had on hand! So yes this is a A-M-A-Z-I-N-G place to work/learn/ to do anything at! So I stumbled upon this opportunity via American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works on Facebook!


Here are the facts —

Graduate internships support full-time positions for students or recent graduates who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The GCI offers twelve-month residences in the Education, Field Projects, and Science departments. Graduate internships are open to applicants of all nationalities who are either currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying or who have recently completed a relevant graduate degree.

How to apply —

  • Deadline: December 2, 2013
  • Part 1: Online Application. Complete and submit the online portion of your application below (this step includes uploading a Personal Statement and Supplemental Applicant Information form) by 5:00 p.m. PST, December 2, 2013. Materials received after this date will result in an incomplete application. Application materials cannot be returned.
  • Part 2: Academic records via mail. Transcripts must be received in the Foundation office on or before December 3, 2012. Both undergraduate and graduate
Mail Part 2 materials to:
Attn: Graduate Internship Program
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

  • Part 3: Recommendation letters via e-mail. Applicants must have two confidential letters of recommendation forwarded by their recommenders via e-mail to InternRecLetters@getty.edu.



Here is the Website with the info on all of the opportunities, go here. And also the website for the specific internship that i mentioned can be found here.


Hope this helps —


Summer Internship at MCI

Research Internship for Conservation at Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)!!!! Can you imagine having an internship at the Smithsonian!

This was an internship that I had applied for during the spring of 2013 and an internship that I will probably reapply for next year! It is during the summer, 10 weeks long, and includes a stipend. This was a amazing sounding internship for both undergraduates and graduates. As a matter of fact if you are an undergraduate looking to get into the field, apply here (they just received funding for REU’s).

So I have already mentioned the three most important facts above, so lets go onto how you apply!

  • Complete the application by late February ( the date for the 2013 application was February 25th)
  • Online Application , here
    • Personal Statement
    • 2 recommendation letters
    • Transcript sent in
    • CV/Resume

I highly recommend (and so do they) that you email a staff member that you would be interested in working with before you apply.

Other than that I found that this application process wasn’t terrible and the staff member I had gotten into contact with was helpful (and honest , he told me about the NSF REU).  So if your an undergraduate ,  apply for this (they have funding for you) and if your a graduate student ( like me) good luck and hope that you all consider this internship!


Northumbria University (UK) Conservation of Fine Art MA

Another art conservation program at Northumbria University (UK)! This one is a 2 year program and is a focused more on Works of Art on paper and Easel Painting conservation. Again this program states that students come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, but as a science graduate you must have competence in practical art.

Some facts about the program

  • It allows you to pick the topic you want to focus on ( Art on paper of Easel paintings)
  • Courses focus on:
    • Conservation theory and practice
    • The chemistry of degradation of artists materials
    • Scientific principles involved in environmental monitoring and management

How to apply (International student)

  • Application Deadline of July 15th for entrance into the start of the Fall (Sept)
  • Need 2 references
  • Complete the Online Application

That is all the information I have about the program! To check out the website go here . The link on how to apply is here.


Hope this helps!




Northumbria University (UK) MA in Preventive Conservation

So another school over in Europe! I so want to study abroad somewhere!!!!

This is a Masters program that  wants students form various backgrounds ( which is great for me) for the program. It doesn’t look to be in depth as a program that lets you focus on wall paintings ( or something similar), but it still is a great degree if your looking into the field of art conservation.

Some facts about the program

  • 1 year full time
  • Three semesters at 15 weeks each
  • Possibility of receiving a grant from the Research Council (Love it when school is funded)

How to apply (International student version)

  • Complete an application form (Online)
  • Provide two academic and personal references
  • Applications due by July if you want to start in the Fall ( I would have it done earlier though)

Seems pretty simple to me and a useful program that would allow me to study abroad somewhere 🙂

The link to the requirements and other details about applying is here.

A later post will talk about the MA in Conservation of Fine Arts also available through Northumbria University! I’ll post the link (here) when I finish it up!


Hope this help!






Queen’s University (Canada) Master of Art Conservation (M.A.C.)

This was one of the first graduate programs that caught my attention when I begin my search for a program in Art Conservation. It really made me excited to learn more about the program because of the Research Stream available within the M.A.C program. Of course there are two options for available the research stream and the treatment stream, being a student in chemistry I am going to focus on the Research Stream requirements.


So some facts about the Research Stream :

What you need if you are thinking about applying –

  •  Bachelor degree in the sciences or engineering with upper second-class standing (or equivalent).
  •  Three terms of chemistry at the university level, including atleast one term of organic chemistry, all courses preferably with
    a laboratory component.
  •  A minimum of two full-year courses in art history, ethnology,archaeology, or equivalent.

Some other helpful things for your applying –

  • Good visual sensitivity and manual skills.
  • Experience in conservation or conservation science is highly recommended.

Details about the application –

  • January 31 is the due date for applications (with interviews being done in March).
  • If you do get a interview, than you have to present a portfolio of your work.
  • Brief Statement of Interest outlining your background, career aspirations and why you wish to study art conservation
  • A Curriculum Vitae as well as a
  • Brief description of each of the required courses you have taken or are currently enrolled in.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (you have the option of having your referees submit recommendations to Queen’s electronically)
  • Send in 2 copies of official  transcripts to the school at :
School of Graduate Studies
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6



Website for the Art Conservation program at Queen’s, here.

Website for starting the online application, here.

Blog that students in the art conservation program write, here.

Hope this helps.


Useful websites for Conservation programs

This is a post about one of the most useful websites I have found while on my search for a graduate program in conservation science. It is ran by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation which also does some great post via Facebook , here !

This webpage has a education section that includes programs from all over the world. Most of the links work just fine (every now and then one will not take you to the page) and they all lead you to the conservation program at that school.

The post/schools that I plan on talking about will all be schools that I am thinking about applying to or getting into contact with, which means the website has alot more options just some that I am not going to talk about.

Click the picture to take you to the COOL webpage with school information

Click the picture to take you to the COOL webpage with school information

Once I find more websites that are useful in your search to become a art conservation student , I’ll make sure to update this page!

Hope this helps!!!


University of Lincoln and Crick Smith (UK)

So to start of there are a few programs available at the University of Lincoln, the one that I would have to apply for ( because I have no conservation experience) is called Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies. This program is one year full time that allows students from various backgrounds to progress to what is required for the Masters in Conservation of Historic Objects.

One of the big things that appeal to me is the research that can be done at  Crick Smith, a large company that allows research to be done while in the programs at the University of Lincoln. This is something that would allow me to still study Conservation, but also focus on more of the science/analytical side in this field.

So some facts about applying to the University of Lincoln (International Student):

  1. Online Application
  2. Submit a statement (200-400 words) on why you want to study/interest
  3. You will need to apply for a study visa
  4. 2 references
  5. Passport

So really from what I have seen the application process isn’t to bad and overall studying in Europe is a dream of mine.

The links for Crick Smith  and University of Lincoln

Hope this helps!