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


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.

University of Maryland Masters of Historic Preservation

Another program for all the Historic Preservation people out there! If you are interested in this field and have an interest in possibly doing a joint degree with M. Architecture or M. Community Planning, then check out the programs available here!

I am always on the hunt for a program that doesn’t prerequisites that I will not have time to complete and has the research aspect that I love. This program seems to want people from all backgrounds ( YAY for me) with an interest in Historic Preservation.

Some things you need –

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.There is no restriction on the applicant’s previous field of study, and indeed we encourage diversity in all senses.

How to apply-

The online application can be found here, with all of the required materials submitted online. It’s deadline is DEC 15th!

  •  Submit one set of official academic transcripts from all institutions attended, including undergraduate and graduate work.
  •  Graduate Records Examination (GRE) general test scores; submitted scores must have been taken within the last five years.
  •  A 1000-2000 word statement of graduate goals, research interests, and experiences.
  •  Recommendations should be from teachers who are familiar with you and your work. Professional references are also accepted to fulfill one of the three required recommendations.
  • This can be previous academic work or professional work; it does not necessarily have to be related to historic preservation. It must be individual work; please submit reproductions, as this material is not returnable.

To check out the website, click here!

Who to contact at the school if you have more questions— Historic Preservation: Donald Linebaugh, dwline@umd.edu

Hope this helps!


Summer Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

So this internship is something that I stumbled upon recently. The deadline for the Summer 2013 Internship has already passed, but there is always Summer 2014! There wasn’t alot of information available on the website, but I am going to assume that this is another program that is in place to help those interested in applying for a Historic Preservation graduate program.

Here is what the website does say about the program

The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service headquarters, field offices, and parks, and in other federal agencies.

Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.

The short-term internships are available in the summer and during the school year. The internship program is operated jointly with the National Council for Preservation Education.

Contact Guy Lapsley, Technical Preservation Services, for more information.

The website for the internship can be found here.


Hope this helps!


Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) Master of Preservation Studies (MPS)

Another amazing city for studying Preservation, New Orleans! This program caught my attention because when I looked at the class layout, they had 4 options for streams (focus subjects) that you could chose from ( preservation planning, technology, methodology, and architectural history). Any program that allows me to focus on being in the lab and getting a degree, is a program that I will think about applying to!

So some facts about the program

  • 2 year program with your focus subject determining the basic outline of classes
  • Internship, heritage studies, national and international study travel that allows first hand experience in the field
  • The ability to focus on the area of study that you are passionate about ( subject streams)

How to apply

  • Deadline is around Jan. 15 (for the Fall 2014 start)
  • Things required:

 1. Portfolio (optional for MPS)

2. Statement of Interest

3. Official Transcripts

4. Letters of Recommendation (3)

5. Resumé

6. Application Form

7. Application Fee ($25, non-returnable)

8. GRE scores sent to the School of Architecture

Tulane University Master of Preservation Studies website, here.

The link to information about the application procedure, here.


Hope this helps!


Useful websites for Historic Preservation Programs

I have already included the useful website that has a massive list of locations, universities, and internships for Conservation , so it is only natural that I would have a website to go to for historic preservation programs.

It is available on the National Education for Preservation Education (NCPE) , which is a excellent resource when looking for anything Preservation related.

So I recommend you check out both websites :

  • Some historic row homes in Charleston, SC

    Some historic row homes in Charleston, SC

    Link for graduate programs, here.

  • Link for NCPE , here.

Hope this helps!!!


M.S. Historic Preservation at Clemson University/ College of Charleston

So day two of posting about programs in the art conservation/ historic preservation topic.

This program is something that looks interesting to me because even though it may not be the art conservation that i was thinking about, it stills deals with the main thing I enjoy which is material identification.

This program is a dual enrollment through Clemson and CofC, with all the classes down in Charleston, SC. This not only allows students to study in one of the most beautiful old towns, but also utilize some of the instruments that are available at Clemson.

Some basics of this program that have made me want to apply:

  1. The idea of using my interest in identifying materials to help with preservation at amazing historic sites
  2. The program specifically states that it likes students from a variety of backgrounds ( a plus because a lot of times i feel like my background in Chemistry is what hurts my inquires into programs.)
  3. The ability to use resources at the Warren Lasch Lab ( known for conservation of the Confedate submarine the Hunley)
  4. Possibly the most important a email back from the director of the program, I find it hard to want to apply somewhere that doesn’t respond to a prospective student email.

Next is important information about the application:

  1. Due Date is Feb 15th
  2. Need to submit:
  • Official GRE scores to Clemson (institution code 5111)
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each college or university you have attended
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • $80 fee for domestic applicants ($90 for international)

To check out the website just go here

Hope this helps!!!


The second start

So after starting this at the beginning of my first year in grad school, I forgot all about it.

As much as I thought that this would be a good idea I let it die off in my mind, until last week my advisor told me to try and write just a little bit everyday. What a better place to try and do this, a BLOG!

So back to writing down the ways of my world, a chemistry master’s student at Western Carolina University. I am going to try and write about my search for the next chapter of my life, more school, hopefully in some sort of conservation program (art) or in a preservation program ( awesome old buildings).

Start to the new blog and alot more writing!

Start to the new blog and alot more writing!