Summer Graduate Intern in Paper Conservation (Wage, Non-exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is now accepting applications for a graduate summer internship in the Paper Conservation Lab in the Susan and David Goode Center for Advanced Study in Art Conservation.  The Goode Center is a vibrant research and training center dedicated to advancing the field of conservation, art history, and science through joint study with conservators, curators, scholars, and scientists.  Opened in 2010, the Goode Center is the largest conservation facility in the southeast and is outfitted with advanced analytical and examination capabilities including hyperspectral imaging, scanning and portable x-ray fluorescence, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, microfade testing, and computed x-radiography.

This ten-week summer internship is designed for graduate students who are pursuing studies in an accredited Master’s program in paper conservation.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to expand their professional skills as a Conservator and will have the opportunity to participate in the examination, documentation, treatment, display, technical analysis, and conservation research of artwork in the VMFA’s collection.  The intern will be a full member of the conservation team, participating in other lab activities such as assisting with exhibition installations and deinstallations and presenting conservation projects and activities to Museum visitors.  At the end of their internship, the intern will deliver a presentation of their summer work to an invited audience of VMFA staff, trustees, and supporters of the conservation department.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.  As one of the world’s finest museums and one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States, the VMFA is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the AIC code of ethics and guidelines for practice. The candidate should have some demonstrated experience in conservation treatment, documentation, housing, and handling of works on paper.

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate should be enrolled in an accredited graduate conservation program and have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, studio art, art history, and/or related humanities field.

Special Instructions: 

The selected intern will be paid $18/hour for the 10-week internship period and will receive a $1,000 housing stipend.

There is some flexibility in the start and end dates for the internship between mid-May to mid-August. Candidates selected for interviews should be prepared to discuss their general summer availability during the interview.

The selected candidate must pass a criminal history background check.

This position is open to the general public. On-line applications will be accepted until 11:55 PM on Friday, March 3, 2023. Interested candidates need to apply through the Commonwealth of Virginia job website at All submissions should include a cover letter, résumé, and list of three references. Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to present a portfolio of conservation treatments.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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