Conservation Internships


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internship in Conservation

Supported by an endowment established in 1981, The Huntington annually offers a Mellon Internship in Conservation. The internship, offered in the conservation of either books 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, who will make use of The Huntington’s collections materials in providing instruction. Through training in conservation treatment techniques and readings from the conservation literature, the intern will advance their knowledge of the underlying principals of conservation, and the tools and techniques used in the conservation of library/museum collections materials. The term of the internship is three months. Mellon Interns are encouraged to document their work and make a short presentation to Huntington staff upon completion of their internship term. Stipend amount: U.S. $5,000.


Marci Jefcoat, 2014 Mellon Internship Recipient2014 Mellon Internship Recipient

Marci Jefcoat has a BA in Forensic Chemistry with an Art History Minor from California State University, Sacramento, and is currently in pursuit of an MA in Conservation. Her pre-program experience consists of research into polymeric materials and the treatment of painting, textile, photograph, ethnographic, and technological objects.  Marci has interned with private practice conservators in San Francisco, as well as with the following Smithsonian Institution laboratories: the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), National Air and Space Museum (NASM), and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).


At the Huntington, Marci will be working closely with conservation staff on paper, books and paintings. Some of her projects will include humidifying and flattening panoramic photographs from the recently acquired Marquez collection, stabilizing Henry E. Huntington ledger books, assisting with a survey of the paintings 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, 2015, please send application materials between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 15, 2015. 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:


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.


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.


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