Internship in Paper Conservation (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains 1.1 million (art) objects from and relating to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. The museum receives over two million visitors a year with a stunning building, surprising decor, beautiful exhibitions, lively events and many pleasant facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s dynamic and diverse Conservation Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw, or Studio Building, across the street from the main museum. In addition to the six conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training program of the University of Amsterdam, the Scientific Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the newly formed Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The strong collaboration between conservators, scientific researchers and art historians in the three institutes makes for an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment.

The department of Paper Conservation consists of a core team of three paper conservators, two photographic materials conservators and three conservation technicians and is supplemented by many other conservators working on different projects, as well as researchers and scientists. Together they are responsible for the conservation of the collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet: the largest museum collection of prints, drawings and photographs of the Netherlands.

The Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for: Internship in Paper Conservation.

The position is full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of 3 to 6 months, to be scheduled in 2019, in accordance with the interns training program and the department schedule.

The intern will be given the opportunity to carry out conservation treatments on works of art on paper and conduct research on their materials, techniques and condition. The intern will also assist the paper conservators with monitoring the condition and maintenance of the collection, preparing prints and drawings for loans, writing condition reports, (de-) installing exhibitions, and assisting with on-going research projects. The Paper Conservation department works closely with the Curatorial Department, and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about on-going treatments and research projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions mentioned above.

Requirements: For the duration of the entire internship applicants must be students enrolled in an MA-level conservation training program with a specialization in paper conservation. Applicants should possess:

*   Sufficient knowledge and skills to carry out practical conservation treatments
*   Interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice
*   Basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research
*   Fluency in Dutch or English, spoken and written
*   The ability to work in a team

Terms: The internship is unpaid. A modest monthly stipend of 250 euros a month based on a 36-hours working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside the European Union.

Information: The application requires a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, by sending to For further information, please contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of Paper Conservation, tel: +31(0)20-67474113. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Lieke Boers, Personnel Officer, tel. +31(0)20-6747304.

The closing date for all applications is August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications must be submitted in Dutch or in English by email: Applications or related materials in any other form will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified by September 1, 2018.