Conservation Internships


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internship in Preservation and Conservation

Supported by an endowment established in 1981, The Huntington annually offers a Mellon internship in preservation and conservation. The internship, offered in the preservation and conservation of either books and/or works on paper, 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 10 weeks 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.


2018 Mellon Internship Recipient


Shaoyi Qian treats a Merrick’s Color Card from the Jay T. Last collection.Shaoyi Qian graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Chemical Engineering and has been accepted by the New York University conservation program for fall 2018 where she will be specializing in library and archives conservation. A native of Jintan China, Shaoyi started as a volunteer and then became an intern at the University of Illinois Library Conservation Unit where she worked with general and medium rare collections. While at the Huntington, Shaoyi worked closely with Preservation staff in book conservation. Some of her study activities included constructing a papercase binding and working with different sewing styles and endbands. Shaoyi completed several housings, and treated materials from the reference, rare book and manuscripts collections. Of particular note was a treatment on a Merrick’s Color Card from the Jay T. Last collection. For this treatment on a late 19th or early 20th century trade catalog, Shaoyi completed surface cleaning, mending of internal joints, and re-adhering lifted cover cloth. This color card can now be seen in the ongoing exhibition, Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection.


How to Apply

To apply for the Mellon Internship beginning June 1, 2018, please send application materials between December 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018. Include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Send to:


Andrea Knowlton, Senior Book Conservator

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

Tel: 626.405.2100 x3440; Fax: 626.405.3444


Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2018.


The following opportunities are offered on a time-available basis:


Advanced Internship

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.

For more information on Conservation internships please contact Holly Moore.


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