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 three months 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.


 Justine Wuebold, 2015 Mellon Internship Recipient2015 Mellon Internship Recipient

Justine Wuebold has a BA in Art History from California State University, San Francisco, and a Certificate in Bookbinding from San Francisco Center from the Book, and is preparing to enter a Master’s program in Fine Art Conservation. She has interned in several institutions including J. Paul Leonard Library, De Bellis Collection, California State Library, Sutro Collection, and Peninsula Museum of Art.  She has interned with Elise Rousseau, principal conservator in private practice at Art Conservation de Rigueur, and co-curated several exhibitions at College of San Mateo and Filoli Gardens.


At the Huntington, Justine will be working closely with conservation staff on paper, books and paintings. Some of her projects will include cleaning glass plate negatives, constructing housing for books, assisting with a survey of the paintings collection and the works of art on paper 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, 2016, please send application materials between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 15, 2016. 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.


For more information on Conservation internships please contact Holly Moore.


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