Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internship in Conservation
Supported by an endowment established in 1981, The Huntington annually offers a Mellon internship in preservation and conservation. The internship is for individuals who have a Bachelor’s degree and can demonstrate a commitment to entering a graduate program in conservation. The intern will work with the Preservation Department’s conservators on a broad range of activities, advancing the intern’s knowledge of the underlying principles of preservation and conservation of library and museum collections. The term of the internship is three months and begins June 1. Mellon Interns are encouraged to document their work and make a short presentation to Huntington preservation staff upon completion of their internship term. Stipend amount: U.S. $5,000.
2015 Mellon Internship Recipient
Justine Wuebold has a BA in Art History from California State University, San Francisco, and a Certificate in Bookbinding from San Francisco Center from the Book, and is preparing to enter a Master’s program in Fine Art Conservation. She has interned in several institutions including J. Paul Leonard Library, De Bellis Collection, California State Library, Sutro Collection, and Peninsula Museum of Art. She has interned with Elise Rousseau, principal conservator in private practice at Art Conservation de Rigueur, and co-curated several exhibitions at College of San Mateo and Filoli Gardens.
At the Huntington, Justine will be working closely with conservation staff on paper, books and paintings. Some of her projects will include cleaning glass plate negatives, constructing housing for books, assisting with a survey of the paintings collection and the works of art on paper collection, and participating in the everyday activities of the Preservation Department, from environmental and pest monitoring to changing-out light-sensitive items on exhibit.
How to Apply
To apply for the Mellon Internship beginning June 1, 2016, please send application materials between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 15, 2016. Include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Send to:
Holly Moore, Lloyd E. Cotsen Head of Conservation
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Tel: 626.405.2100 x 2197; Fax: 626.405.3444
Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2015.
The following opportunities are offered on a time-available basis:
The Huntington accepts interns who are in their third or fourth year of conservation graduate school. These internships, which usually last from 9-12 months, involve focused instruction in advanced conservation techniques. Interns must secure their own funding.
Scripps College Conservation Internship
In cooperation with the Art History Department at Scripps College, the Huntington Conservation Laboratory may accept up to two interns per semester. This internship seeks to expose students to beginning level bench work in book and paper conservation, conservation theory, and the day-to-day workflow of a conservation lab. Undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Scripps College Art Conservation program are eligible for the internship. To fulfill the academic requirement at Scripps, the students must enroll in an independent studies course and be available to be onsite in the Huntington Conservation Laboratory one day or two afternoons a week for the duration of the semester.
UCLA Conservation Internship
The Huntington Conservation Laboratory accepts interns through the Internship Program of the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Students eligible for the UCLA Conservation Internship will be able to demonstrate a plan or desire to seek further training in the conservation field. This internship seeks to build on the prior bench experience of the student and to expand their knowledge of the conservation of rare and unique library materials. Preference will be given to students with prior experience in the UCLA Conservation Lab. To fulfill the academic requirement at UCLA, the students must enroll in IS 498 Internship and follow all UCLA Department of Information Studies Internship Program Guidelines and Syllabus, including written assignments and 120 hours of work in the conservation laboratory per quarter.
For more information on Conservation internships please contact Holly Moore.