Painting Conservation Internship (London, UK)

  • Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK
    Funded by City of London Corporation City Educational Trust
  • Duration – 6 months, October 2018 to April 2019 (tbc)
  • Stipend – GBP8,500
  • Deadline for applications – Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Interviews – Friday, July 20, 2018

Guildhall Art Gallery houses the City of London’s art collection. It is an accredited art gallery offering a lively exhibitions program to the public. The collection comprises over 4,500 oil paintings, works on paper and sculptures. Highlights include London topographical subjects from the 17th century to the present, Victorian paintings, civic and royal portraits from the 17th century onwards and the Sir Matthew Smith studio collection.

Guildhall Art Gallery is committed to supporting the professional development of recently graduated conservators and is pleased to have offered conservation internships since 2007. In this internship you will gain invaluable experience of working in a major art institution, learn about gallery practice and contribute to the daily activities of the conservation team.  Over six months, you will have the opportunity – under appropriate supervision – to carry out the examination, documentation and treatment of a painting or paintings from the collection required for exhibition or loan.

Our conservation team consists of a Senior Conservator (paintings), a Conservator (paintings) and a Lead Conservator (frames). You will be supervised by the Conservator (paintings) but will have the opportunity to work closely with all members of the conservation team.

The placement requires a strong practical ability to carry out conservation and restoration treatments of paintings and good problem-solving skills. You should have good learning skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a team and on your own, and be motivated to developing your career in paintings conservation.

Applicants should have recently obtained a recognised postgraduate qualification in paintings conservation. Preference will be given to graduates from UK training courses. Guildhall Art Gallery and the funders of this internship are obliged to confirm that every applicant has a right to work in the United Kingdom. This internship cannot be carried out on a student visa and requires the intern to hold the appropriate work visa for the duration of the placement.

Application forms are supplied upon request to

Please state ‘Painting Conservation Internship Application Request’ as the email subject.

NEH Fellowship in Painting Conservation (Norfolk, VA, USA)

The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia ( is offering a fellowship in the conservation of paintings.
The Fellowship will focus on the study, examination and treatment of paintings. The successful candidate will gain experience working on a wide range of paintings from ancient to contemporary in the museum’s conservation laboratory. They will participate in all departmental activities including documentation, analysis and research on the Chrysler’s extensive collection. The conservation fellow will also be involved in planning installations, changing exhibitions, assessments and loans as well as interacting with the public through gallery talks and demonstrations.
Fellowship will be available beginning in the fall of 2018, and will include a $33,000 stipend plus benefits, including health insurance and up to $1500 travel allowance for research and conferences. The fellowship runs for one year and may be extended for an additional year. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2018.
Candidates will be considered who are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a recognized conservation training program, or who have similar training or experience. The individual selected must be legally entitled to work in the United States. No visa assistance is available.
Interested candidates should submit their resume, two professional references as well as a cover letter. Finalists will be contacted and asked to submit examples from their portfolio of selected treatments. Send application materials to:
    Mark Lewis
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place
    Norfolk, VA 23510
    Fax: 757-664-6201

Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Training Fellowship in Painting Conservation (Houston, TX, USA)

The Menil Collection is pleased to offer an advanced training fellowship in painting conservation supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The term of the fellowship is one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for the conservator to participate in all departmental activities associated with a diverse and distinguished collection that includes significant holdings of 20th century and contemporary art. As an integral part of the department, the candidate must have an interest in the variety of issues associated with the study, documentation, and care of such a collection.

The fellowship will commence in the fall of 2018. The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $42,000 and a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, and a 401(k) plan.  Generous travel funds are available. Candidates should be recent graduates of a recognized training program or have equivalent experience, a demonstrated interest in the conservation of modern and contemporary artwork, and excellent communication skills. Applications should include a curriculum vitae with e-mail address and telephone number(s), a letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation. These should be sent to Suzanne Maloch, Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard St., Houston, Texas 77006 USA, or

Application deadline is March 30, 2018.

The David Booth Fellowship in Painting Conservation (New York, NY, USA) – PASSED DEADLINE


September 2018 – August 2020

The David Booth Conservation Department at The Museum of Modern Art is pleased to offer a two-year fellowship in painting conservation, starting September 2018. The fellowship provides an opportunity to acquire comprehensive training in paintings preservation, conservation, and restoration in a museum setting. Working as part of the paintings conservation team, the fellow will assist conservators with all facets of the preservation, conservation, and restoration of paintings, including acquisition, exhibition, treatment, collection care, and research. Fellowship activities will involve collaboration with Museum departments, including curatorial, Exhibition Design and Production, Exhibition Planning and Administration, Information Technology, and Collection Management and Exhibition Registration. Besides developing and refining advanced techniques in paintings conservation, the fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with MoMA’s conservation scientists; to develop and carry out research projects; and have their disseminated or published through blogs, conferences, and peer-reviewed journals.


Graduate from a recognized training program; candidates with equivalent training will be considered.

Internship in the treatment of paintings. No more than three years experience past graduation.


  • Examination and treatment of paintings at an advanced intern level.
  • Some experience with treatment of modern and contemporary works preferable.
  • Familiarity with condition digital-imaging documentation, including ultra-violet, infrared, and photomicrography.
  • Use of analytic instruments, including microscopes, X-ray equipment, and other instruments for the examination and technical analysis of works of art and their constituent parts.
  • Excellent speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.
  • Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and Adobe Photoshop.


  • Conducts examinations and writes condition reports on works of art. Recommends and executes treatment of works of art and their optimal storage and exhibition conditions in consultation with paintings conservators, scientists, and other higher conservator titles, and curators. Records full photographic and written documentation of original condition and all stages of treatment of works of art.
  • Assists in advising curatorial, registration, and exhibitions staff on conservation requirements to ensure protection of works of art during exhibition, packing, and shipping. Assists in advising curators on the condition of works of art as related to exhibition, loans, and acquisition.
  • Examines and interprets the physical structure of works of art and liaises with scientists on the interpretation of scientific data.
  • Participates in courier trips of loaned works as required.
  • Assists in supervising seasonal (three-month) interns and conservation program trainees as requested.
  • Investigates, evaluates, and tests new materials used by contemporary artists. Researches, develops, and tests materials and techniques for conservation use. Keeps abreast of new technical and material developments in the art historical and conservation fields through attendance at meetings and readings of conservation, technical, and art historical literature.
  • Actively produces blogs posts and publishes research, and is encouraged to speak at related professional conferences.
  • Adheres to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.

REPORTS TO: Painting Conservators and other higher conservator titles

Stipend: $45,000 plus benefits and vacation, with $3,775 for research and travel.

Candidates must submit a statement of interest, a current CV, and a list of references to no later than March 1, 2018. Please reference the position title in the subject line.

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

The Museum of Modern Art’s Conservation Fellowship Initiative is made possible through the David Booth Conservation Center Endowment Fund.