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.

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 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!


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!


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!!!


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.

Looking into conservation science

So this post is something that I think is very relevant to what I want this blog to be about, a somewhat helpful guide to anyone looking into the field of conservation science from a chemist perspective.

When I finally figured out what I wanted my research to be about, more importantly who my research advisor would be , I found that working on art and conservation would be something that sounded awesome in my mind. I knew that from the start I didn’t want to be the typical chemist, the one that studies one reaction or one molecule for years . I wanted to do something that would allow me to work on projects for a few months, see the world , and mostly become a career path that I would love.

My future goals led me to figuring out that art conservation or historic preservation both fit what I wanted. So for the next few post I will be working on some places ( programs, internships, etc) that I believe would be helpful for others looking to get into (art) conservation science.



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!