2019 Isabel Bader Graduate Internship in Textile Conservation and Research

Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Master of Art Conservation Program

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

We are seeking applications from candidates for the 2019 Isabel Bader Graduate Internship in Textile Conservation and Research. This program supports the study, care and treatment of Canadian historical costume and textiles, through the generous support of Dr. Isabel Bader. The Graduate Internship links two unique resources at Queen’s University: the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and the Master of Art Conservation Program, Canada’s only graduate degree in conservation theory and treatment.

The Graduate Internship offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to further their knowledge and experience in the area of textile conservation and/or costume history. The Graduate Intern will assist the Isabel Bader Fellow in Textile Conservation and Research at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, as well as undertake condition reports, mount-making, conservation treatments and/ or storage design as needed in relation to the Fellow’s research project. The Graduate Intern will also have access to the well-equipped textile laboratory in the Master of Art Conservation Program and opportunities to engage and share expertise with the students through lectures, seminars and/or workshops.

One $12,000 Graduate Internship is awarded for a four-month residency at Queen’s University. The Internship begins 7 January 2019. The Intern is responsible for travel and accommodation arrangements.

Recent graduates of conservation training programs are encouraged to apply. Please submit the following to alicia.boutilier@queensu.ca:

  • Letter of application outlining training and experience in textile conservation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of support from two referees


For more information about past Fellowships, see Agnes Residencies.

Internship: Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Job Reference # 21761
Application deadline: November 27, 2016
The Artist Initiative
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Artist Initiative is a five-year, artist-focused collections research project aligned with the four collecting curatorial departments within the museum (Architecture + Design, Media Arts, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography). During this period of rapid expansion at SFMOMA, the Artist Initiative is facilitating crucial collaborations between artists and museum staff to address challenges associated with the acquisition, presentation and preservation of contemporary artworks. We are dedicated to providing in-depth access to SFMOMA’s collections both at the downtown museum campus and at the Collections Center, the research facility where much of SFMOMA’s collection is housed when not on public view. For more information on the Artist Initiative, please see https://www.sfmoma.org/theme/artist-initiative/.
Duration of Internship
Friday, February 17th, 2017 – Friday, April 28th, 2017
Educational Objective
This internship will provide an increased knowledge of contemporary art and familiarity with innovative museum practices for the acquisition, documentation, display, conservation, and interpretation of artworks in a variety of media. Upon completing the internship, the Artist Initiative intern will be able to assist curators, educators, and conservators with collection information management, as well as bibliographic and material research.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, thoroughly, and with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with contemporary art
  • Interest in material studies and working with living artists
  • Experience with independent library research
  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program with relevant coursework in the history of modern and contemporary art
  • Intern must be available to work every Friday

Application Requirements

  • Internship application on our website
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing how your background/coursework will contribute to this department and what you wish to gain from this internship
  • Short (one or two page) writing sample
  • Letters of Recommendation (one personal/professional and one academic) in a confidential, sealed envelope with the recommenders’ signature across the seal

Please Mail your letters of Recommendations to:
SFMOMA Internship Program – Artist Initiative
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
*Please keep in mind letters of recommendations need to be postmarked on or before November 27th, 2016*
 To learn more about our internship opportunities, visit the Internships Section of our website at: https://www.sfmoma.org/join-the-team/internship-program/