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.


2016 Mellon Internship Recipient: Nicole Alvarado2016 Mellon Internship Recipient

Nicole Alvarado graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a BA in Art with an emphasis in Fine Arts and a minor in Chemistry, and is preparing to apply for Master’s programs in Art Conservation. She has interned with Eugena Ordonez, associate conservator in private practice at Painting Conservation and Research, The Fowler Museum at UCLA, and The Autry Museum of the American West. Most recently, Nicole has interned with Linnaea Saunders, principal associate conservator in private practice at The Conservator’s Easel LLC, and she continues to take courses in bookbinding and printmaking. At the Huntington, Nicole will be working closely with Preservation staff. Some of her activities will include assisting with a survey of the newly acquired Lawrence D. and Betty Jeanne Longo collection on Reproductive Biology, cleaning and rehousing glass plate slides, and participating in the day-to-day activities of the Preservation Department, from environmental and pest monitoring to paste making.


How to Apply

To apply for the Mellon Internship beginning June 1, 2017, please send application materials between Jan. 1, 2017 and March 15, 2017. Include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Send to:


Holly Moore, Lloyd E. Cotsen Head of Preservation and 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, 2017.


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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