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.


Allison Donnelly2017 Mellon Internship Recipient

Allison Donnelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History of Art and a minor in Chemistry and is preparing to apply for graduate programs in Art Conservation. She recently interned at Art Conservation de Rigueur, a private practice in San Francisco. She has also worked at the Book and Paper Conservation Lab at the University of Michigan Library. While at the Huntington, Allison is working closely with Preservation staff in book conservation. Some of her study activities include research in drawing and printing media and book sewing. She has surveyed a collection of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in various languages, rebacked cloth reference books, and made housings for collection materials. Her largest ongoing project has been assisting Dibner Conservator, Kristi Westberg, wash the leaves of Andreas Vesalius’ 1543 De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body) in order to remove oil deposits.


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.


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.


For more information on Conservation internships please contact Holly Moore.


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