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Summer Internship in Paper Conservation

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The department of Conservation and Science is excited to offer this summer internship opportunity to work within their paper conservation lab to study and document a recent acquisition of Dutch Mannerist prints from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Collaborating with the Associate Paper Conservator and the Prince Trust Associate Curator and steward of the acquisition, the intern will be responsible for designing a protocol for characterizing and documenting a representative sample set of the collection. The outcome of the pilot study will in turn inform the implementation of a broader survey, with the ultimate goal of creating content for publication.


At the end of this internship, the intern will have:

  • Gained experience in handling and examining works of art
  • Gained familiarity with sixteenth and seventeenth-century handmade papers and printing processes
  • Become familiar with conservation documentation techniques including object photography and beta radiography
  • Participated in department-wide conservation activities
  • Developed mentor relationships with field practitioners
  • Built peer-to-peer relationships with fellow interns through museum-wide internship activities


  • Undergraduate or graduate student; recent graduates (within one year of graduation) will also be considered
  • Applicants must be based in the Chicagoland area for the duration of the internship
  • Interest in paper conservation and/or art history required
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Familiarity with databases or has an interest in learning about collection management systems
  • Basic knowledge of Excel and Photoshop
  • Ability to be open-minded and work collaboratively with colleagues across the museum


This application will close on Thursday, February 29th at 11:59 pm CDT. Selected applicants will be asked to interview via video call after the deadline passes.


Duration of Position: 8-10 weeks / June 2024 through August 2024, exact start and end dates to be determined.

Compensation: Paid / $16.32/hr / full-time / Temporary

Format: The internship will be fully onsite. Due to onsite necessity, applicants based or attending school in the Chicagoland area during the internship timeframe will be prioritized. Technological accommodations will be provided by the Art Institute of Chicago.

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