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.


2013 Mellon Internship Recipient

Naomi JacobsNaomi Jacobs earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2013. She was a student assistant at the Mansueto Conservation Center at the University of Chicago Library in 2012. There she was exposed to the basics of book and paper conservation.  Naomi focused on treating the University’s map collection, as well as attending a bookbinding workshop and helping to assess the condition of the University’s ancient manuscript collection. Prior to discovering conservation, Naomi tutored students from underperforming Chicago schools, worked with primate DNA at New York University’s Bioanthropology Laboratory, and led her Mock Trial team to the National Championship Tournament in her senior year.

At the Huntington, Naomi will be working closely with paper conservation staff, continuing to develop and refine her skills in paper conservation, including humidification and flattening, tear repair, tape removal and washing, as well as studying conservation literature. She is working with the Kemble Maritime Collection of prints and ephemera, focusing on late 18th – early 20th century prints. Naomi plans to continue her studies in art history and organic chemistry and will apply to conservation graduate programs in the winter of 2014.


How to Apply
To apply for the Mellon Internship beginning June 1, 2014, please send application materials between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 15, 2014. 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, 2014.


The following training 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.


2012-2013 Advanced Internship Recipient
Advanced Internship Recipient, Ashleigh SchieszerAshleigh N. Schieszer graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a BFA degree in Art History. Ashleigh worked as a book conservation technician for three years at the University of Kansas Libraries’ Stannard Conservation Lab, and as a wallpaper conservation technician in 2007 and in 2010 with Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services, LLC. From 2009-2010 she worked as an objects conservation assistant during the erection of the Musical Instrument Museum located in Scottsdale, AZ. Ashleigh is a candidate for an MA and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation at Buffalo State College where she is a Mellon Fellow studying libraries and archives conservation. She has completed summer internships at the Boston Athenaeum and at the Leather Conservation Center in Northampton, England. Ashleigh is expected to graduate in August 2013 after the completion of her yearlong internship in book and paper conservation at the Huntington Library.

While at the Huntington Ashleigh will work alongside staff conservators to broaden her practical skill set and consult with staff curators to provide context for conservation treatments. Utilizing the wide ranging collections at the Huntington, Ashleigh’s work will address a variety of preservation issues but will focus on development of treatment decision-making skills. Typical treatments will include various paper repair techniques, text block consolidation, board attachments, and rebinding in cloth and leather. Ashleigh’s work in the coming year will allow her to explore the rich bookbinding history represented by the Huntington’s rare book and bound manuscript collections.

For more information on advanced internships contact Holly Moore.


Scripps College Conservation Internship

2013 Scripps intern Skye OlsonIn 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 the Scripps Conservation Internship contact Holly Moore.


Scripps College 2013 Conservation Intern, Skye Olson (right).


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 the UCLA Conservation internship contact Holly Moore.

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